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Gun Ownership At Two-Decade High

October 28, 2011 by  

Gun Ownership At Two-Decade High

A recent Gallup poll shows that gun ownership in the United States is at its highest level in more than two decades.

According to the poll, 47 percent of Americans say that they have a gun in their home. An earlier poll noted that support for the 2nd Amendment is also at a high.

Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say they have a gun in their household: 55 percent to 40 percent. The gap is narrower than that seen in recent years; the number of Democrats in favor of gun ownership grew last year. The number of women who report household gun ownership is also at a new high: 43 percent.

By region, gun ownership is higher in the South, at 54 percent, and Midwest, at 51 percent. In a finding that Gallup calls typical of trends, in the East only about 36 percent of individuals polled report owning a gun, and in the West about 43 percent own guns.

According to the poll, middle-aged adults — 35 to 54 years old — and adults with no college education are more likely than the rest of the population to be gun owners.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • oldbill

    I guess a college education makes one bullet proof or immune from car jacking, home invasion, armed robbery, murder, or rape. Perhaps it makes one smart enough to avoid these inconveniences.

    • Opal the Gem

      It makes at least some of us smart enough to know it is best to not admit what we have in the way of self protection.

      • norb443

        Not all college graduates shy away from guns. I have 3 degrees and have a large collection of semi auto’s and hand guns.
        I believe in having the guns to protect yourself and your family and never needing them than needing them and not having them. That is the worst experience one can have. My family experienced that a long time ago at another place far away.

  • Kerry Good

    A gun in the home % is higher than that! Felons have a higher percentage than that! So anyone that does not have one in their home is a liberal or gay, and neither deserves protecting. Our enemies in America the, muslims, commies, ATF, EPA, IRS, Tresury all have guns and not afraid to use them against the rank and file American Citizens anyway they feel fit to do! Protect yourself against all of them!

    • KHM

      @Kerry Good,
      If your first sentence was trying to say that the actual percentage of gun ownership is higher than those given in this article, I agree with you. As another commenter said, many will not say if they do have firearms in their possession.
      That said, is there any one or any group that you do like?
      This administration is trying everything it can to take away an individual’s right to have/own firearms. You can bet the government agencies and agents will still have guns, though.

      • Susan

        And so will the criminals. Better to be judged by 12 thaqn carried by 6.

  • Patriot II

    In their Jobs Bill, when Biden was blowing about putting more union Cops to work, we failed to discuss that 1 357 Magnum (and Loaded)in your house is one Hell of a lot less Expensive and one Hell of a lot more effective!! Bottom Line!! ANYONE who does not understand that is just plain Ignorant!

    • Bob McCormick

      Does anyone know of an instance of the police PREVENTING a crime? I suppose it could happen, but more cops, more spending on crime prevention has little if any effect. If Biden wants to create jobs lets spend the money on jobs that produce something.

      • Thor

        While you make a valid point, Bob, do you know of a single law or statute that allows them to?

      • Joe H.

        There have been a few cases but they are few and far between. Usually it is a case of an off duty cop being in the right place at the wrong time. IE, he/she walks in on a holdup in progress.

    • Susan

      Amen! My .45 has a lot quicker response time. Our neighborhood is full of guns. We found that out years ago when my husband and I started and hosted our Neighborhood Watch. The first question a newcomer would ask was “When can I shoot someone?” Now that I’m widowed, I’m glad my husband taught me how to handle guns.

  • Bob

    I have bought & sold guns all my life. Right now I own one pistol. Not smart to let your arms get down like that. There will come a time that owning a gun is going to be very necessary for existance. This threat of not having electricity, water & or food avalible will mean that we will have to go hunting. Get a gun so you can eat!!

    • ChristyK

      In Wyoming, the average family owns 9.3 guns. Gotta love Wyoming.

      • Patriot II

        ChristyK, I have 11 whole guns, I guess a .3 Gun would be parts? Lol!

        • Joe H.

          Nope. Lots of shells, lots and lots of shells!!!

      • 45caliber

        Years ago in Arkansas, I saw a research piece that stated that Arkansas had more guns than any place else in the country. (That could have changed by now.) It was 2.5 guns PER PERSON.

  • Lastmanstanding

    I’m headed out today to buy a couple more and ammo to boot!

    Bob…keep in mind that guns will also help in protecting your family and what you have…Jeez.

    • Bob

      Protection is a given. Where we live, we don’t even lock our doors or pull the keys from our vehicles setting in the driveway. It’s a thing called “MAKE MY DAY”, & everyone here knows not to mess with us. I even know a pistol packin Preacher.

      • Susan

        Sounds like a great place. My town is relatively safe for Southern Calif., but I’m just paranoid enough to lock up everything and have a variety of weapons.

  • dave

    I guess they haven’t polled any of my college graduated friends, because I don’t know any that either don’t have a gun in their homes, or have concealed carry permits.

  • Wapitiman

    Might not the numbers be slightly skewed because many people will not answer in the affirmative even though there might be guns in their household? I refused to answer yes or no.

    • OB1

      That’s true. No one I know answered yes or no.

    • Patriot II

      Right Elkman

    • Buster the Anatolian

      Agreed. As Opal said above college makes some smarter about what information they give out if they are not already leary about giving out too much information..

  • Joyce from Loris

    I have three college degrees and a GUN to back each one of them up. It never ceases to amaze me when “someone” tries to place us into “categories” and percentages. Anyone with a ounce of sense knows that we need to be able to protect ourselves, but stating that the “South” has more gun owners….. well, we HUNT in the south! We also own the most FISHING POLES, because we FISH in the south! We can, and will, take care of ourselves and that’s because we are “college educated”.

    • Doug

      Did they teach you how to hunt and fish in college? Don’t think so I’m sure all the liberal professors told you how the world should work or lied about the history of the world. If not why else would anyone who has half a brain think Communism, Marxism and Socialism are the way to go or that Muslum is a religion instead of a evil cult?

      • independant thinker

        There are a few schools that do have fishing programs mostly in the south I believe.

    • Joe H

      i don’t know about that. I live in Ohio and I have about fifteen rods and reels. i love to fish. my wife says I live to fish. And yes, I’m armed as well!

  • http://yahoo Charlie Gray

    It’s been said many times, and I totally agree, that if they take guns away from law abiding citizens only the criminals will own guns. My goodness, can you imagine being without a gun in that kind of environment. The criminal’s could walk into your house with a gun or a knife any time of the day or night and do whatever, knowing you were unarmed. Some of them could overtake most of us without a weapon. Right now, if they broke into my house, they would have to face me and the 11 rounds of 40 cal. bullets in my automatic pistol. Then 7 rounds of 12 gauge 3” magnum “OO” buckshot. Odds are about even I would survive the attack. Without a weapon, the odds would be more in their favor. I’m 67 yrs old and not as spry as I used to be.

    • Bob McCormick

      Correction; only the criminals AND THE GOVERNMENT will have guns

      • Bob McCormick

        My mistake, They are the smae thing

    • OB1

      That’s what is happening in Mexico right now.

      • Patriot II

        Hitlar Confiscated their guns before he took over , (so he could take over), History repeats itself, let’s not let our Liberties be infringed EVER!

        • Virginia Burnett

          In my opinion it is absolutely necessary to own guns for one’s protection, hunting, etc. If someone was breaking into my house I don’t think welding a broom would be of much help!!

    • Susan

      Good for you. I’m 67, too, and I have a 1911 Colt .45 as my first line of defense, my daddys old double barrelled shotgun, a .41 Magnum Ruger, but it was my husbands. I don’t like single action, but would use it if necessary, three rifles, and my plinkin’ gun is a Ruger MarkII. God help anyone who trys to hurt me or mine.

  • Michelle

    I’m a 42 year old female, I believe in protecting what it mine. In these hard times and even harder times to come, people are going to need protection of themselves, their homes, families and yes, even to HUNT for food. It doesn’t matter what education you have, your back ground, when no food, water, electricity, supplies are hard to get, some people will go in search for it from others who have planned ahead. So my advice to the American people is GET PREPARED, DON’T WAIT TILL IT’S TOO LATE.

  • Larry Miller

    With all the craziness from the occupy crowd, one has to wonder how long they will wait for the govt to take from everyone else, and what they will do when they don’t get enough. Violence against police has begun in Oakland, will they come after the rest of us to take what they want? Also, if we get to really rough times and food is in short supply, things could get nasty.

  • cawmun cents

    Why carry a gun?Because a whole cop would be too heavy.

    • Robert Smith


      When seconds count the police can be there in minutes.


    • CJ

      The burdon of regret is also very heavy, if you have the ability to make a difference.

  • losingit

    IMHO The restrictive gun laws on both coasts (NY, Mass, DC, Cal) and Midwest (Ill and Chicago) are part of the lower percentage reported. In some places you are not even allowed to have a firearm even if you can legally have one else where. As noted, many will not admit to owning a firearm especially in those places with (archaic, misguided) restrictions. The residents of these locations need to get rid of these restrictions or just plain move out (lets see how these places survive without people to harass).

  • Lewis

    I am from Southern California and just moved to Texas 1 year ago.
    In So CA none of my friends owned a hand gun, 1 had a old shot gun his father gave him ( he is a professor at UCLA), all of them College grads & professionals making over $150k, They all thought I was crazy because I owned 3 guns, Now in Texas, everyman I know has a handgun in his truck, and 10 rifles at home, many have AR-15s, AK and SKS, I have met 4 women that have conceal carry license, some of the people in Texas have collage degrees, most don’t, most of them hunt and fish in Texas, But I live in the country out side of Fort Worth.
    I don’t think it is college that determines it, It is a way of thinking, I know many people in So CA are uneducated about guns, don’t know how to use them, and don’t want to learn how. My Daughter was in girl Scouts and the dads voted that they did not want their girls shooting .22s, My Daughter’s friends was over when I was cleaning my guns in the Garage and she freaked out because it was a gun and told her parents. So having lived both, I would say it is night and day when it comes to guns. It is more liberal, greenie, PC thing in So. CA,

    • Patriot II

      Lewis: ["I don’t think it is college that determines it,"]

      That is excatly what Colleges teach, that is their Agenda of Liberal Marxist Ideals, where do you think the root of Evil is coming from, the Marxist Ideas found in Universities!

      …..Nice comments and interesting to know the rest of what you said.


  • John D. Beach

    There’s a logical explanation for this, some of which is found in the rantings of the VP. The fact is that a citizen is better prepared to deal with the rapes and murders of which he speaks if the citizen is armed or has ready access to a defensive weapon. Even if a (potential) violent-crime victim has time and access to a phone to call for help, one is more able to defend one’s self if carrying a weapon or a weapon is readily accessible. The police may not arrive until it is too late. Liberal thought is nice in a perfect world. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world and all the government spending necessary to create one is unaffordable!

  • Jim

    Gun ownership really has more to do with your outlook on life: Do you rely on the “system” to take care of you or do you rely on yourself?

    We all know (think Katrina) what happens when you rely on government and the system…they fail you; so looking to yourself, your family and close friends is far more likely to get you through hard times than hoping government will, somehow, make everything OK.

    As far as guns go, think about them in much the same way you think about insurance. Would you fail to buy fire insurance on your home, or accident insurance for you car? No, of course not. You buy these with the hope of never having to use them. The same with guns. Nobody WANTS to have to use a gun against another person, but if and when the time comes that it’s either your life or that of some criminal or crazy person, don’t you want to have the ability to protect yourself?

  • James

    Supporting the Second Amendment means writing to your congressmen and admonishing them to cease and desist making laws that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms. How many have done that?

    • Bob McCormick

      While you’re at it, point out the fallacy of crime prevention and police protection. The commies here in Massachusetts have been shoving that crap down out throats for years. What did we get, more cops, huge police stations in small towns, more cruisers and cop equipment; in short more spending, and hardly a dent in the crime rate. And how do they pay for all that spending? Speed traps. Now the cops devote as much time as they can to traffic enforcement, to the exclusion of patrolling the neighborhood and the speeding fine has become nothing but a back door tax

      • OB1

        Now there are cameras on traffic lights so if you go through a yellow, you might get mailed a ticket for going through a red light! Mandatory DUI stops near most major restaurants and tourist centers. DUI’s $2400 cash fine, plus $750 for mandatory state sponsored drug and alcohol class to wired to DMV so you can get a provisional license back so you can work again so you can pay the fees, then $150 to get the provisional license after you pay a bond of God knows what as a rider to your perfect 30 year driving record for the DUI. And that is only for a first offense! DUI’s are BIG BUCKS for States, cities and counties right now, especially in states that are broke.

        • Joe H

          chck out the laws in some european countries. Germany, if I remember right will put you in jail for a few years on your first drunk driving offense and remove your driving priveledges for a long time!!

    • Patriot II

      James; I have, several times. The Republicans listen, the Democrats do as well, but they end up voting with the Liberal Democratic Platform anyway, but come campain year, they make out like they are Pro second amendment so they get re elected and then after we have found out they Lied, just like their Leaders.

      All Politicians Lie, in my opinion Democrats about 99% of the time, and Republicans only about 50%, so you go with the ones that Lie the least I guess.

      • James

        Or you could see how they voted on certain federal arms control bills.

    • Joe H

      Look at your screen real hard and you will see me with my hand in the air!! I have written, called and Emailed ALL of my reps!

      • James

        Joe H, If you really want to turn congressmen off, remind them that the Second Amendment’s “shall not be infringed” applies to federal laws.

        • Joe H.

          been there, done that, and my congressman knows me by first name when he sees me!!

    • Susan

      Good point. I’m NRA, so I have written and donated. I won’t vote for a “gun grabber” because I believe in the 2nd Amendment.

      • joe H.

        Then don’t vote for romney nor perry. neither has stated their stance in this election as to the second! Nagr and a couple of other gun groups have sent them questionaires to state their stance and neither has as yet returned them. now perry the Texas governor has been pro gun but is very silent as perry candidate for pres.

  • http://personalliberty larry

    I just signed up to take my ccw test and I think everyone should so they can legally carry a firearm for protection.

    • ChristyK

      Call your Congressman to vote against the federal concealed carry bill. It sounds great not having to get a concealed carry license in each state you want to enter, but it is effectively a gun registration law. Also, it will allow them to start setting national concealed carry standards which, of course, means that the requirements will get more and more onerous until they effectively eliminate it.

      Also talk to your state representatives about passing concealed carry for all non-felons. Wyoming just passed a law this year that allows all non-felons to concealed carry without a license. I believe there are a couple of states with similar laws.

      Support the 2nd Amendment.

      • Virginia Burnett

        I agree with ChritsyK. If at some point, we have an attack on us in our country, it will be up to all of us to defend our freedom. I believe that every sensible American should have a gun in their home and know how to use it!!

      • Joe H

        go to the NAGR site and watch the video they have of an ohio man that had a CCW and was stopped. It is a dash cam video from the cruiser and it plainly shows the man trying to let the officer know from the start that he had a CCW and the cop tells him to shut the hell up! He still has a court case on file and is fighting his conviction.

      • James

        ChristyK, Wyoming’s Constitution, Article I, Section 24 reads: “The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state shall not be denied.”
        Your legislature was honoring that, not the Second Amendment, which applies to the federal government.

  • Joyceann

    For the first time in history, we are afraid of our own government. We woke up to a socialist world. They have taken our freedoms one by one, they’ve taken our flag, our religion, our children. I’m thinking when they try to take our guns that will be the last straw. I believe we will unite as Americans. They will not take our guns and we’ll use our vote to bring America back. Why is the freedom to protect yourself the 2nd?

    • OB1

      Because free speech and freedom of peaceful assembly was always to come first. After OWS, peaceful people are down right afraid to assemble. There is a tent camp of OWS on the County building across from the County Jail! The government is giving them a free ride as well as local, city, state and federal. They are even denying homeless people food and rights and getting away with this! This is getting really not okay. I won’t even go down there this weekend. It was bad enough two days ago. If you are a reader who is a person of Christian faith, please PRAY! I am concerned that because of high fines, property taxes, illegal arrest and the other BS (besides the lunacy of trying to get a business license or building permit!), that some concerned citizen is going to say something or pop. This is truly, truly disgusting. Most aren’t even students from the university here…who in the &&&& are these people? Makes me want to move as far from a city as I can. Probably not the correct response. Elderly are frightened, business people are trying to stay out of it. My question? What right does a small group of people, compared to the population of my diverse and normally peaceful (try) county have to strike terror into students, county employees, business owners, (homeless people…yes…lot’s of mentally ill there), pedestrians, homeowners, driver’s by on a main roadway? Hate to be on a rant on a Friday, but perhaps time to move.
      When the pacifists and old peace nicks get edgy….lock and load.

  • Buck

    Under the logic of commen sense every member of every household , even those still to young but needing to learn , should have at the very least a rifle , shotgun ,and a handgun . These would be first for self and home defense and second for emergency hunting to prevent starvation in a societal failure . Of course shooting for recreation is a great reason as well and should also be necessary to hone skills .

    • ChristyK

      Early in our nation, most states required all men 18-40 years old (or something similar) to own a gun and ammo and know how to use it. This was a form of protection against enemies foreign and domestic. All americans should own a gun and know how to use it. I would love the schools to teach firearm use.

    • James

      The old military .30 cal, M1 carbine would make a great home defense weapon. 30-round magazines used to be available for it. The ammo looks like a pistol round, but fired out of a 12″-14″ barrel it packs a whallop.

      • Buster the Anatolian

        If you can find one get a Ruger Blackhawk in 30 carbine to go with it.

      • Joe H

        Nobummer ordered the destruction of a great many M1 carbines that were returned to the US from Korea lately. there would have been more available had this not happened.

        • KHM

          @ Joe H,
          I read about that. There were about a million M-1 Garand rifles from the Korean conflict found in a warehouse in South Korea. South Korea wanted to return them to the United Sataes, but O said NO. Don’t think any of them ever actually arrived here. I am sure that many Korean conflict vets would have loved to have one as a ‘souvenir’.

  • Incredulous1

    When someone is breaking into your house in the middle of the night, seconds count. “When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away.” One of the most profound truisms ever spoken. Even 40% of liberals go along with that fact. .45 ACP is the ultimate burglar alarm.

  • Patriot II

    The right to Keep and “Bear” Arms, referred to weapons we can “Bear”.

    That means Hand held Rockets and Grinades and flame throwers etc. as well everything you can bear with your Arms. We need to push for wider expansion of the Arms we can bear. Hand Held Rockets Launchers were not invented in the 1700′s but if they were I beleive they would have been included as well as those other Weapons of today that we can bear.

    • Joe H

      Real handy for deer hunting!! LOL! Or illegal stopping.

  • Logan

    In agreement with most of the comments above regarding gun ownership. I have a few myself. And I would agree you can hunt for food. However, If everybody thinks that all these gun owners can go hunt for dinner when the SHTF. they will be hungry very soon. The public and private lands would be overrun with inexpierenced hunters shooting everything and anything including each other. The wild game population would be wiped out in short order (in many areas)
    Note: I do have my own ground to hunt but it would not support many families. Something to think about.

  • Artemus

    Owning a firearm is a personal choice. But it is my understanding that our Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Given this, it would be against our Constitutional rights for any lower government (cities, towns, states,etc.)entity to have any kind of law forbidding ownership of firearms.
    My Constitutional rights are violated when laws are made to that end. This should carry just as much weight as all the screaming liberals do about their constitutional rights. That’s right they don’t believe in the Constitution, only the parts that benefit them.
    I think we all need to play their own game and start yelling about our rights and freedoms. As an example: from the first amendment, Freedom of Religion does not mean freedom from religion. I don’t think liberals even read or understand the Constitution.

    Mihi Libertas Necessest

    • Patriot II

      Artemus, well put!

    • Joe H.

      While i agree with you that it is a personal choice, I dislike, very much, to hear these people that complain about getting held up at knife point, or at the threat of a beating when, in the same breath, they say that they wouldn’t own a gun!

  • Elevenarrows

    Although my parents have concealed weapons permits, I have chosen not to get a permit. I just can’t shake the feeling that when the powers that be finally stop pretending and finally actually come to take our guns, they’ll start with the list of those who asked permission to carry. My Constitution tells me I don’t have to ask anyone for permission because that right is guaranteed in the Constitution…and supposedly, Congress can’t violate it…although, no one seems to have told them that!

    I’ve been reading about the French Resistance movement during WWII…the Gestapo didn’t have to break down the doors to get the Jews, the French police did it for them…something to think about here.

  • OB1

    I don’t even know why I am doing this, but this is a phenomenal speech given by Alexander Scholzenitzen, gifted Russian writer, survivor of the Russian Holocaust:

    This is only an introduction to the speech by Mr. S.:

    As a survivor of the Communist Holocaust I am horrified to witness how my beloved America, my adopted country, is gradually being transformed into a secularist and atheistic utopia, where communist ideals are glorified and promoted, while Judeo-Christian values and morality are ridiculed and increasingly eradicated from the public and social consciousness of our nation. Under the decades-long assault and militant radicalism of many so-called “liberal” and “progressive” elites, God has been progressively erased from our public and educational institutions, to be replaced with all manner of delusion, perversion, corruption, violence, decadence, and insanity.

    It is no coincidence that as Marxist ideologies and secularist principles engulf the culture and pervert mainstream thinking, individual freedoms and liberties are rapidly disappearing. As a consequence, Americans feel increasingly more powerless and subjugated by some of the most radical and hypocritical, least democratic, and characterless individuals our society has ever produced.

    Those of us who have experienced and witnesses first-hand the atrocities and terror of communism understand fully why such evil takes root, how it grows and deceives, and the kind of hell it will ultimately unleash on the innocent and the faithful. Godlessness is always the first step towards tyranny and oppression!

    Nobel laureate, Orthodox Christian author, and Russian dissident, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in his “Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag” address, given when he received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983, explained how the Russian revolution and the communist takeover were facilitated by an atheistic mentality an a long process of secularization which alienated the people from God and traditional Christian morality and beliefs. He rightly concluded: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

    The text of his Templeton Address is provided below. The parallels with the current crisis and moral decay in American society are striking and frightening. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear!

    • libertytrain

      I don’t know how many folks here have read his books but they certainly are frightening as to what can happen and did happen to him and so many others.

  • Detonics

    The World’s Largest Army

    I bet you didn’t know this. . .

    In WWII, Japan’s highest-ranking naval officer was Isoruku Yamamoto. Although he was Japanese, and his loyalties were unquestionably with The Empire, he studied for many years in America, graduating from Harvard University. There is an oft-repeated (and sometimes disputed) quote attributed to him regarding the possibility of any nation taking a war to American soil:

    “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”

    Here is why he was correct:

    America’s Hunters. The World’s Largest Army.

    The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That’s great, considering there were over 600,000 hunters that got permits this year.

    Allow me to restate that number: 600,000

    Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world – more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined – deployed to the woods of a single American state to keep the deer population under control.

    But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan’s 700,000 hunters have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

    And that is just FOUR states.

    The total population of registered hunters in America today ranges from 23 million to 43.7 million individuals. (Based on annual data provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.) As long as the American Hunter retains his right to Bear Arms, America will forever be safe from foreign invasion of troops.

    Hunting – it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s a matter of National Security.

    • OB1

      I actually starting to highly respect Ted Nugent. And yes, Detonics, you are correct about Yamamoto. I fell when he misjudged American liberty loving sailors (they took a BIG risk!)…..knocked all of them out….smaller fleet…oh well…..

      • OB1

        I really do not why I am doing this… must be frustrated:

        3 year old Ted Nugent on hunting and politics… You ought to hear him now. Tons of hunting tips on line…hard core 2nd amendment activist.

        • OB1

          Woops! This is probably humorous end to gun right! Alan Colms interviewing Ted Nugent on gun rights, illegal aliens, childhood obesity, etc.:

          I think I’ll disappear now, while the OWS are down the street turning my town into utter chaos. Oh well. My faith in a loving God, (Jesus) and a sense of humor always gets me through. Got to love Ben Crystal…wish he were here to see this….

    • Joe H

      Did you guys ever get rid of that wasting disease problem you had with your deer herd??

      • joe H.

        sheesh! just thought I’d ask. guess he didn’t know. If I was a hunter, I’d sure find out!!

  • bumba

    well duh. we are coming to a second civil war if people do not wake up and all our valuables and houses are gone because of money. audit the fed, WE THE PEOPLE deserve it, its a private bank.

  • E Zach Lee-Wright

    Gun control often has the opposite effect as advertised. Washington DC is the American city with the most extreme gun control. In 2010 DC had twenty seven times more murders than the larger city of El Paso, Texas. Twenty seven times is a lot. The proponents of gun control complain about guns flowing into major cities from other states but they fail to acknowledge that if gun ownership was the problem, violence would be greater in those states with little gun control and high rates of gun ownership. The problem is not gun ownership but with a culture of violence among some people. Chicago is the second city for extreme gun control. Chicago has a murder rate over nineteen times higher than El Paso’s.

    The state with the most gun control is California. According to the Brady Campaign Scorecard, California has a murder rate over 400% higher than the state with the least gun control. That’s correct, the state with the most gun control has a much higher murder rate than the state with the least gun control.

    On the other hand, the states with the lowest murder rates have all adopted shall issue concealed carry. All of them. And they have all had a decrease in violent crime since concealed carry was implemented. If you live in a state without shall issue concealed carry and you want violent crime to decrease, campaign for more concealed carry.

  • Leo Robinson

    It has nothing to do with education and smarts. It does have lots and lots to do with the brainwashing that young men and women go through in college.

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  • John

    There are so many laws on the books but,laws are for law abiding citizens.Criminals don’t care about the law thats why they are called criminals,you will never stop crime but,if you want to slow it or make the criminal think twice we need laws that help us defend ourselves and families,also if you see a fellow human being in need of help you should be able to help without worring about the law that pertects the criminals.

  • John

    If politions don’t believe in having guns then why do their bodyguards caring guns if guns are not needed?I don’t have a problem with training but,if someone threatens a persons life you should be able to protect yourself.

  • Anony Moose

    Statistically — EVERY SINGLE SOCIETY that has outlawed guns, suffered either from immediate higher violent crime rates as did Australia, or suppression as did Russian, Germany, and every other dictatorship you want to drag up that passed gun laws.

    Statistically, if you outlaw guns, outlaws rule. Whether in a somewhat justified seat of power or not — it WILL happen.


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