Some Current Statistics on the Prevalence of Firearms in America

2637894In the wake of the Newton Connecticut tragedy, let’s take a moment to think about the mass availability of firearms in the United States. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as of August 1, 2012, there are more than 129,817 federally licensed firearms dealers in the United States. Compare that to the 143, 839 gas stations in the US (source TD LINX/Nielsen via National Associations of Convenience Stores, Association for Convenience for Convenience and Fuel Retailing) and 14, 098 McDonald’s (Source:  McDonald’s Corporation Annual Report 2011). It’s also worth noting that according to ATF reports, in 2010 there were 5,459,240 new firearms manufactured in the United States, nearly all (95 percent) for the U.S. market as well as an additional 3,252,404 firearms that were imported to the United States. None of these statistics account the number of firearms that are illegally brought into this country. As long as America continues to export violence abroad and weapons continue to be widely available, unfortunately tragedies like Newton will continue to repeat themselves.



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