A new Economist/YouGov poll said that nearly 4 in 10 American households have guns, with 56 percent claiming not to have one.
That is a sizable uptick from the four-decade drop in household ownership charted by the authoritative General Social Survey. It pegged household gun ownership at 50 percent in the 1970s, 49 percent in the 1980s, 43 percent in the 1990s, and down to 35 percent in the 2000s. The latest 2012 statistics put the share of households with guns at 34 percent.
It’s a poll, so take it with a grain of salt. I’m willing to bet the actual percentages are higher. I’d never admit to gun ownership to a stranger calling me on the phone or collaring me in a mall.
Be that as it may, “Republican homes” had a 49% ownership rate compared to 30% for “Democratic” ones. So, if there’s a revolution, we’ll win . . .
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