There were 13.7 million hunters in the United States over age 16 — 12.7 million of whom used rifles, shotguns or handguns for hunting, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
That is quite a few people with proficiency and experience, right?
That means hunters constituted only 15.9 to 18.1 percent of the estimated 70-80 million gun owners in the U.S. in 2011 — the latest year for which statistics are available.
In a Dec. 28 national report, USF&W said 13.7 million individuals over age 16 self-identified as hunters, and that 12.7 million used guns (shotguns, rifles or handguns) while hunting.
Another 2.9 million hunters used antique muzzleloaders to hunt, but according to USF&W, there is overlap between this figure and other figures due to self-reporting.
Around 4.5 million hunted with bows and arrows
But it is just a minor part of the total picture regarding gun ownership.
60 million or more people who own firearms but don’t call themselves hunters; think carefully before you keep saying those people own firearm only good for one thing.
Think carefully before you call the firearms they own “weapons of war” lest you wish something into existence.