In fact fewer of us now own any kind of gun for any reason—even as the number of guns has increased phenomenally.
In the 1970s about half of Americans had a gun and it was almost always just a gun – one on average.
Today only about a quarter of Americans own guns—but the average owner has three or four.
Fewer than 8 million people – only 3 percent of all American adults – own roughly half the guns.
Members of that tiny minority of superenthusiasts own an average of 17 guns apiece.