Here is a thought about guns. About 3.5 million guns are manufactured every year, and about 10 billion rounds of fixed small arms ammunition. The anti-gunners say 30,000 “gun deaths” occur annually (a figure they get to by lumping murders, justifiable homicides by police, ditto by citizens, and suicides — which alone are two thirds of “gun deaths” — into a single number). So less than 1% of one year’s production of guns is used in a “gun death”, and about 3 one-hundred-thousandths of a percent of one year’s civilian ammo production is used in a “gun death.” Change the denominator to homicides, and even using CDC’s padded number, the percentages drop to 0.31% and a vanishingly small 0.00011% — eleven hundred-thousandths of a percent. We’ll elaborate on this in a post in the next few days.Herewith the promised elaboration.
There are few credible sources of gun crime data, and fewer still of production numbers; companies consider the latter to be proprietary information and the numbers they furnish to government agencies may not be complete or comprehensive. For example, Pitman-Robertson Act excise taxes are on value, not units, and encompass many non-firearms goods which are sometimes made by the same companies that make guns, so P-R tax information is worthless to us.
As an aside, some people have expressed concerns about Government purchases of small arms ammunition distorting the market. The statistics suggest that this is not happening. While total production figures vary from SAAMI and NSSF, and can only be considered estimates, Government purchases are made under public contracts. The 10-billion-round figure comes from press releases and media quotes from those sporting-and-self-defense-arms trade groups, and seems to be their go-to number in 2013.
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