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This Surprising Map Shows All 50 States Renamed For Countries With Similar Gun Ownership

In the wide world of weaponry, is your state more like the relatively pacifist Solomon Islands or global superpowers China and India?

Andy Eddy

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This Surprising Map Shows All 50 States Renamed For Countries With Similar Gun Ownership

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The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

While it’s under constant debate whether having a passel of pistol-packing people is a help or hindrance to the security of our free State in 2015, there’s still a desire to make sure we’re protected should any need arise.

So, where do we stand in the “right to bear arms” discussion? Well, truth be told, we here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog would rather play with numbers and offer everyone an interesting perspective of the issue.

That said, what, we asked, would it look like if we compared gun ownership in our 50 states with gun ownership in other countries? You can see our answer above, and read about how we arrived at it below.

Methodology: What Triggered Our Conclusions

We started with a research group in Switzerland called Small Arms Survey and its report “Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City.” Among other things, it estimated gun-ownership numbers for 178 countries, including the United States (which it estimates has about 270 million guns).

We then took the estimate of 88.8 guns per 100 people for the U.S.—which, seven years later, is likely higher—and used it to calculate each state’s estimated gun ownership, based on state populations from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 survey. (Of course, gun-ownership density varies throughout the country, but this number gave us a easy way to come up with comparable figures for all 50 states, since actual state-to-state numbers were not available.)

Once we had the list of state numbers, we compared each one to Small Arms Survey’s list of countries and respective gun-ownership estimates, logging the nearest match.

Under The Gun: A Quick Peek At The Results

As you’d expect, the United States’ “superpowers” match up with some of the world’s superpowers:

  • California’s total of 33.08 million guns is closest to China’s 40 million
  • Texas’ total of 22.33 million guns is closest to Germany’s 25 million
  • New York’s total of 17.2 million guns is closest to Pakistan’s 18 million

Interestingly enough, the next biggest state, Florida, is closest to Mexico (16.7 million vs. 15.5 million). Given their proximity, let’s hope they don’t meet in a shootout, because it probably won’t end like a proverbial Mexican Standoff.

The number of different countries on our comparison map is 32. (That number could have ended up higher, but we didn’t list multiple countries in the event of they were tied on the Small Arms Survey list.)

The countries with the most appearances on the list:

  • South Africa: 6
  • Spain: 5
  • Uzbekistan: 3
  • Turkey: 3

This Surprising Map Shows All 50 States Renamed For Countries With Similar Gun Ownership Numbers

Find Your Own Safe House

If all this talk of guns is making you nervous, try to relax knowing the odds are reasonably slim that you’ll die from a firearms assault (1 in 356) or from a firearms discharge (1 in 6,509), according to the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts 2014 Edition.

And if you’re really concerned (and want to improve your odds), take a look at our latest ranking of the safest places in America for some better places to park.

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posted on: February 2, 2015
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11 Comments

  1. josh

    So was this based on registered runs? If so, these numbers are not close to being right.

  2. Gidge

    Your chart just takes the population and made the gun count 88.8% of it. That is incorrect. Every state has a different amount of gun owners and how many guns they own. Your data is skewed. Stick to Real Estate.

  3. Andy Eddy

    The story is clear about the state numbers being guesstimates: “Of course, gun-ownership density varies throughout the country, but this number gave us a easy way to come up with comparable figures for all 50 states, since actual state-to-state numbers were not available.” There’s probably no way to know the exact state numbers, because there are so many unregistered weapons and gun-expo sales make it hard to track. We were just trying to offer some representative numbers based on the Small Arms Survey figures.

  4. Nigel Kipper

    @Josh and Andy
    No such thing as a gun registry in the US. Numbers are based off phone surveys of people who answered “yes” to a question about whether or not they have a gun in the house. Guns or no guns, I have no idea what would ever make people say “yes” to a question like that so the count is likely a large underestimate.

  5. Dennis

    You guys actually found something to nit pick and argue about in this article too? LOL

  6. Joe Hall

    This info is so useless. I know there are many more than the people I know in but several of the ones I know that have guns actually have a small arsenal. Others I know have a large arsenal. Most people you will know that own guns, own more than one. With Military and Police issued aside, The United States of America just might have more guns than the rest of the world combined. My second is MY second…and I stand by it!

  7. Mark

    Though I am not one for the govt tracking what arms I own, it would actually be pretty cool to see some real numbers and see which states have more firearms than citizens. I guarentee there is a few states that have double their state population.

  8. Greg

    This just shows what ignorant anti-second amendment Americans believe, that the rest of the world has disarmed and lives w rainbows & unicorns. If only we could load them up and send them on a bus tour of the Mexican drug cartels.

  9. Tex

    We have to admit “home of the brave” is a myth at least, a lie at most… when the majority of citizens are such cowards that they can’t do anything or go anywhere without packing a gun, the word ‘brave’ should not be anywhere near the description of those people.

  10. TheBrave

    As one of the brave who has a concealed carry permit, I’d disagree. I’m not afraid of anything any more, and I don’t need to be because, “God created people, but Samuel Colt made them equal”. I’m careful where I go – carrying is not a license to take stupid risks – but I’m comfortable both at home and when I go out.

    Unarmed, the vast majority of women are no match for an adult male thug, particularly when the thug can choose his victim and the timing. When a woman may be armed, the thug is taking his life into his hands every time he attacks a stranger, and he cannot judge the danger based only on her age and size. Even unarmed women are safer and thus can afford to act braver when thugs have to worry about whether their victims might be armed.

    I wish every state had “constitutional carry”, an unrestricted right to carry openly or concealed, at the individual’s discretion. Nervous criminals would be a good thing, and those I know who own firearms are not the type to shoot just because they get irritated, so normal, law-abiding people would not have to worry.

  11. Eric

    “If all this talk of guns is making you nervous, try to relax knowing the odds are reasonably slim that you’ll die from a firearms assault (1 in 356) or from a firearms discharge (1 in 6,509), according to the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts 2014 Edition.

    And if you’re really concerned (and want to improve your odds), take a look at our latest ranking of the safest places in America for some better places to park.”

    The implication of the above is that high rates of firearm ownership are a threat, but note that in the list of the 10 safest places in America, 7 of the 10 are in states with gun friendly laws and have high rates of gun ownership.

    It’s not the guns, it’s the people.

 

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