Two-thirds of gun owners would defy gun laws

A majority of poll respondents -- 52 percent -- revealed that someone in their home owns a gun. Those respondents were then asked, "If the government passed a law to take your guns, would you give up your guns or defy the law and keep your guns?"

Approximately 65 percent indicated they would "defy the law," including 70 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats who answered the question. Only 22 percent said they would "give up" their guns, while 13 percent were not sure.

People are not buying them in record numbers just to turn them in.

Let's take a step back here.

52% of people answering the poll admitted to owning a gun.  How many gun owning households said "No" and meant "None of your business"?

Of those who admitted to owning guns, 65% said they would defy the law.  How many admitted to owning guns and lied about whether they would defy the law -- because, seriously here, are you going to admit to planning to commit a federal felony? 

But let's assume the poll numbers are correct.  America has roughly 114,235,996 households (114 million).  52% have guns, or 59,402,717 (59M).  65% would defy the law, or 38,611,766 (38 million).

There are 1,426,713 people in the active duty military and 1,259,000 in the reserves, or 2.68 million people total.

Let's assume they follow the same percentages as the rest of the population -- though it would be more realistic to assume a higher percentage own guns than the general population.  So, 52% own guns (privately owned) = 1396570, and 65% of those would defy the law = 907770 people in the military own private guns and would defy the law.

That's over a third of the military, a million people with military training, and 38 million citizens (many retired military , police, or experienced shooters).

So when the government says it is going to pass a law and take our guns, I say: you want to imprison 40 million citizens and a full third of our military?  You think that will make things better?

This entry was published Wed Jan 30 03:18:29 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-01-30 03:18:29.0. [Tweet]

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