Tuesday, August 28, 2007

USA is #1 again!

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said.

U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.

About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States, it said.

"There is roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. Without the United States, though, this drops to about one firearm per 10 people," it said.

India had the world's second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the military, though this represented just four guns per 100 people there. China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3 firearms per 100 people.

I knew there was a reason why I liked the Indians.

Seriously now 90 guns for every 100 citizens is not acceptable. We can't stop until it is 100 (or more) guns for every 100 citizens becuase as Patrick Henry said, ""The great object is that every man be armed . . . [e]veryone who is able may have a gun."