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Americans are Packin’

Though measuring the number of American households that have a gun is incredibly difficult, there is a new Wall Street Journal poll that seems to completely contradict the narrative coming from the anti-gun lobby:

The United States Census Bureau estimates there are 249,454,440 adults currently living in America. If the Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey is accurate, that equates to 119,738,131 Americans with a gun in their home.

Do the math and that equates to 48% of the adult population that self-reports owning a gun. That would seem to fly in the face of the common refrain from activists like Shannon Watts of Moms Demand, who regularly promotes the idea that her group is “winning” their war on guns.

Unsurprisingly the NRA sees the news differently:

“Throughout their many failures, gun control advocates have comforted themselves with their belief that gun ownership is falling and that they will be able to achieve their policy goals once the number of gun owners sufficiently dwindles. Polling data on gun ownership rates is inherently suspect. Gun ownership is a personal decision, and given the politically charged nature of the topic and government efforts to restrict gun rights, some gun owners are reluctant to share this personal information with strangers. This could result in polling that underreports gun ownership. Other research further suggests that female spouses living in gun-owning households tend to underreport firearm ownership.


Despite the difficulty in obtaining an accurate measurement of gun ownership, gun control advocates have been quick to boast of any new poll that shows a decline in gun-owning households. It’s unlikely they’ll exhibit the same response to the WSJ/NBC poll’s findings.”

Judging by the anti-gun lobby’s social media accounts and lack of press releases, the NRA’s assessment appears to be accurate.

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Peter Heck

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