Keep in mind that is in the ENTIRE world.
Courtesy of Time:
There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands — with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday.
The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 percent, are in the United States, which is “more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined.”
“The key to the United States, of course, is its unique gun culture,” the report’s author, Aaron Karp, said at a news conference. “American civilians buy an average of 14 million new firearms every year, and that means the United States is an overwhelming presence on civilian markets.”
The report said the numbers include legal and illegal firearms in civilian hands, ranging from improvised craft weapons to factory-made handguns, rifles, shotguns and, in some countries, even machine guns.
The article goes on to say that there are 133 million such weapons in the hands of the military and another 22.7 million being carried by law enforcement personnel.
Which means that the vast majority of these weapons are in the hands of everyday people and that almost half of those everyday people live right here in the good old gun-toting USA.
And we buy an additional 14 million guns each year.
What in the fuck are Americans so afraid of, that they feel the need to surround themselves with such an arsenal?
Is it any wonder that almost 14,000 Americans are killed by a firearm each year, while close to 27,000 are wounded annually? (Source.)