Americans own nearly half of the world’s guns, with approximately 120 firearms for every 100 U.S. residents.
Gun control policies may someday restrict new gun sales. But what impact can they have when Americans already own millions of guns?
Some have pointed to gun buybacks as a potential solution to this problem
The sheer number of guns is part of the challenge. The United States has the largest civilian-owned stock of guns in the world. At the end of 2017, the Small Arms Survey reported that there were an estimated 393 million firearms in the United States – and that’s not even counting guns owned by the police and military. That represents 45.8% of the world’s civilian-owned guns.
This is a short extract from “Could a national buyback program reduce gun violence in America?” Published in The Conversation. Click the link for the full article