The Number of Americans Carrying Hand Guns has Exploded

by Wall Street Rebel - Michael London | 12/02/2022 9:06 AM
The Number of Americans Carrying Hand Guns has Exploded

In the United States, more citizens than any other nation are legally permitted to own weapons. Numerous epidemiological studies on firearm violence in the United States have shown that firearms do incalculable damage.

 

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health details that a  nationwide poll of individuals in households with weapons found that the number of Americans who regularly carry loaded pistols increased by 100% between 2015 and 2019.

There has been a striking increase in the number of people carrying handguns in the United States, according to epidemiologist Ali Rowhani-Rahbar of the University of Washington, who led the study. "Between increases in the number of people who own handguns and the number of people who carry every day, there has been a striking increase in handgun carrying in the United States," he says.

The United States of America has more civilians with access to weapons than any other nation on earth. Numerous epidemiological studies that have been conducted on the subject of firearm violence in the United States have shown evidence that firearms inflict incalculable amounts of damage.

This new data is a crucial resource for tracking changes in the nation's views towards weapons since there have only been a few nationwide surveys on the gun-carrying habits of firearm owners that have been completed and peer-reviewed in the previous 30 years.

The researchers polled nearly 2,400 adults in the United States who were living in households that contained firearms to gain a better understanding of the frequency with which firearm owners carried a handgun, as well as the reasons for doing so, as well as the differences between states that have laws that are either more restrictive or less restrictive on carrying weapons.

According to the study's findings, the team has concluded that 6 million handgun owners carried a handgun on their person daily in 2019. This number is approximately twice as high as the 3 million people who carried daily in 2015 when the most recent national firearms survey was conducted.

This was before the pandemic, during which time there was an increase in gun violence in the United States. At the same time, psychological, economic, and social pressures were also increasing, which further strained a healthcare system already operating at capacity.

"We found that about three in ten handgun owners carried a loaded handgun on their person in the past thirty days; among those, about four in ten did so every day," Rowhani-Rahbar and colleagues write in their paper that was published in the American Journal of Public Health. "We found that about three in ten handgun owners carried a loaded handgun on their person in the past thirty days."

The majority of handgun owners who admitted to carrying a weapon were white, male, and between the ages of 18 and 44, according to a sample of 2,389 handgun owners that was typical of the whole country.

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The research indicated that 75% of gun owners reported carrying a loaded pistol, up from 46% who did so in 1994 for the primary purpose of personal defense.

Although safety is becoming more important, studies show that having more weapons does not help people feel safer. Results from previous research indicate that nations with tighter gun control legislation had fewer gun-related deaths. Despite this, a noticeable softening of regulation has occurred in tandem with the rising popularity of handguns in the United States.

Researchers note that "state regulations limiting who may carry firearms in public have been decreasing in tandem with these changes." In 1990, just one state in the United States permitted citizens to carry loaded handguns on their person without a permit; now, that number has increased to 21.

However, there has been little to no change over the last two decades in the percentage of American gun owners who have received official firearm training, most of which focuses on safe handling, safe storage, and accident prevention but does not devote much attention to suicide prevention.

According to recent research, people's decisions on whether or not to carry firearms in public may be at least somewhat influenced by the rules in place.

In areas where issuing authorities had extensive discretion in awarding licenses, only 20% of gun owners carried a handgun in the preceding month, compared to 30% of gun owners in states without authorization to carry a loaded weapon.

The research found that between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of handgun owners carrying firearms without a valid permit rose significantly, from around 7.5 percent to about 11.5 percent.

Others said they were unsure whether or not they were in possession of the necessary authorization. Many flat-out refused to discuss their gun ownership, carry frequency, or another legal documents.

After a recent judgment by the US Supreme Court threw down a 109-year-old New York state handgun-carrying statute, other states began to relax their own rules, leading to the present results.

Rowhani-Rahbar comments on the verdict, saying, "In light of that ruling, our research underlines the necessity of understanding the consequences of handgun carrying for public health and public safety."

It is a public health crisis because young people's right to health, life, and safety is being violated by gun violence and firearm-related fatalities, which are mainly avoidable.

In 2020, firearm-related injury surpassed motor vehicle accidents, malignant tumors, and drug overdose and poisoning as the greatest cause of mortality in the United States among teenagers and babies aged one to nineteen.

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The United States is still plagued with mass shootings, yet suicide, murder, and accidental shootings account for the vast majority of firearm-related fatalities.

Roughly half of all Americans want stricter gun control measures. But previous worldwide evaluations reveal that nothing less than a radical revision of laws is needed to achieve meaningful change.

Gun Deaths in America

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people in the United States lost their lives to gun-related injuries in 2020 than in any other year in recorded history (CDC). This includes a record number of gun homicides and a number of gun suicides that came very close to setting a record. The rate of gun deaths, which is a metric that adjusts for the nation's rising population, stays below the levels it had reached in prior years, even though there has been a rise in the number of such fatalities.

A deeper look into gun fatalities in the United States is provided below, based on an analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other sources conducted by the Pew Research Center. You may also read major public opinion results regarding gun violence and gun policy in the United States in our most current roundup, which was just published.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 45,222 persons died in the United States due to injuries connected to guns in the year 2020, which is the most recent year for which comprehensive data is available. This number takes into account not only homicides and suicides committed with firearms but also three other, less common types of gun-related deaths tracked by the CDC: unintentional deaths, deaths that involved law enforcement, and deaths for which the circumstances could not be determined. (The information included in official death certificates is what the CDC uses to compile its statistics on fatalities; these certificates only list a single cause of death.) The total does not include fatalities in which gunshot wounds had a contributory role but were not the primary cause of death.

In 2020, 19,384 out of a total of 24,576 murders in the United States will include firearm use. The rate has now reached 79%. Moreover, half of all suicides in 2020 included firearms, with 24,292 of the total 45,979 suicides using firearms. This proportion has been largely constant throughout the last several years. 1968 is the earliest year for which online CDC statistics are available.

Across all age groups, the number of gun deaths in 2020 was 45,222, up 14% from the previous year, 25% from the previous five years, and 43% from the previous ten years.

Particularly the use of weapons has been connected to a sharp rise in murder rates recently. In 2020, there were 19,384 gun-related fatalities, which was a record high since at least 1968 and surpassed the previous high of 18,253 gun-related fatalities in 1993, according to the CDC. The amount in 2020 represented an increase of 34% from the previous year, 49% from the previous five years, and 75% from the prior ten years.

With a 10% rise over the previous five years and a 25% increase over the previous ten years, the number of persons who commit suicide by using a firearm has also climbed; it is now extremely close to hitting its highest point on record. 24,432 persons shot themselves in the head with a gun to end their life in 2018. 24,292 individuals repeated the action in 2020.

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