Share of U.S. homes with guns show 4-decade decline

  • Article by: SABRINA TAVERNISE and ROBERT GEBELOFF  New York Times
  • Updated: March 9, 2013 - 8:24 PM

A steady drop in the percentage of armed households suggests current owners are the ones buying guns today.

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spicebearMar. 9, 13 8:07 PM

Hmmmm... If I owned firearms, and were asked in a phone survey if I had any, would I answer honestly or simply decline to answer? I wonder how many would...

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jbpaperMar. 9, 13 8:33 PM

"In 2012, the share of U.S. households with guns was 34 percent, survey results showed. Researchers said the difference compared with 2010, when the rate was 32 percent, was not statistically significant." ----- It may not be statistically significant but I wouldn't come to the conclusion that ownership is still declining. Holding steady, maybe, but not declining.

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RossbergMar. 9, 13 9:12 PM

If the household ownership percentage in the 1970's was 50% and it could now be as high as 52% how does that constitute a drop?

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boris123Mar. 9, 13 9:13 PM

It's all about the right to bear arms...one is not compelled to bear them. this is another waste of govt spending on meaningless surveys.

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kkjerMar. 9, 13 9:19 PM

Another poll. Like I said in a previous comment. I am 69 years old and in my entire life, I do not know, nor have I heard of anyone who was ever contacted by a poll. If in fact they do exist they contact so few people that it would mathematically impossible to extrapolate anything accurate from them. I personally think that all polls are designed to show what people who paid for them want them to. I don't know who paid for it , but last year there was a poll that showed 71% of home had gun.Any person of intelligence would take any poll with a grain of salt or ignore them all together.

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foneboothMar. 9, 13 9:54 PM

kkjer, I appreciate your suspicions. But there is accurate and very scientific evidence to support a poll, even with a fairly low sample, as long as it is random. The skewing comes in when they design the questions...if not chosen completely objectively it will skew the results. This is why Mitt's loss surprised some people, the conservative pollsters were asking questions designed to elicit what they hoped the results would be. Unfortunately many have gotten into the poll business for money, not for results. But your concerns are well founded...if any of this helps.

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gtrealMar. 9, 1310:09 PM

Here's a thought. The threat of gun regulation is increasing, so the self reporting of gun ownership is declining.

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rykytrMar. 10, 13 7:11 AM

I see the Star Tribune is not printing the posts of the dozens of people that pointed out only a fool would admit over the phone that they have jewelry, cash, or GUNS in the home in this day and age.

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mom2fourMar. 10, 13 7:38 AM

You can make a poll show anything you want it to. Facts are that guns are selling at the fastest pace ever and RTC permits are being issued at the highest levels ever seen. Folks are arming themselves because they think the government is poised to shred the 2nd Amendment. Forcing existing gun owners to give up or restrict their current gun ownership situations will only lead to creating criminals of otherwise law abiding citizens.

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eddie55431Mar. 10, 13 8:12 AM

The headline should read "Mixed surveys show that we have no idea how many households have guns". This article states as fact that gun ownership is dropping....then spends the next 500 words undercutting their own headline and initial premise. When you consider all the money we are pumping into schools nowadays it seems to me we should be able to have journalists who could compose a logical story.

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