Conservative estimates of the number of firearms in the United States suggest that there exist 83 privately-owned firearms for every 100 people in the country. This makes the United States the most heavily armed civilian population in the world. This is not to say that there is unanimous agreement over civilian owned firearms. In 2016, 39 percent of American households owned one or more firearms. In context with the prior statistic – if an American owns a gun, it’s fairly likely they own more than one.
Public disagreement over laws of firearm ownership has stemmed from the high number of firearm-related crimes, accidental deaths and the proliferation of mass shootings. More than 70 percent of homicides in the United States in 2015 involved the use of a firearm. The state of affairs appears even more troublesome for black Americans. Between 2012 and 2014 the rate of gun deaths for black Americans was almost double that of white Americans. Meanwhile, 13 toddlers killed themselves with firearms that year in the months from January to October alone. Such instances have increased calls for further regulations on how guns must be stored and where.
As our infographic shows, the United States have a severe societal problem in the number of mass shooting that are occurring in the country. In 2013, 40 percent of Americans felt that easy access to guns was a factor that deserved a great deal of blame for the proliferation of such shootings. Frustration with the state of the nation’s gun laws may be at a tipping point with the share of Americans who were dissatisfied with the state of affairs reaching levels not seen since the turn of the millennium.