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Old 11-27-2014, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Macao
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What's interesting, is it's quite low in places like Ireland, the UK, The Netherlands, Portugal, and much of former Eastern Europe.

However, there is a strong contrast with Scandinavia, the Germanic countries, and France...all of which have a much more sizeable presense of guns...from 1/3 to 1/2 of their populations seem to have guns.

What makes Sweden/Germany/France have 30-50% gun ownership, whereas countries like UK/Ireland/Portugal/Poland, hardly has any guns (0-10%)?
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Old 11-27-2014, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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I assume different legislation based on different hunting traditions, military service and the prevalence of violent crime.

Also, I don't think that there really is a country in Europe where half of the population has a gun. Not even Switzerland.
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:38 PM
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its guns per people not percentage of population. and usually if you own one firearm you will own several.

i'm going with the 'tradition of hunting' and 'legislation allows it' hypothesis presented earlier.
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:49 PM
 
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Owning a firearm is illegal in the UK. Some people have guns for hunting purposes, though not many.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:00 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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its guns per people not percentage of population. and usually if you own one firearm you will own several.

i'm going with the 'tradition of hunting' and 'legislation allows it' hypothesis presented earlier.
Yes, the chart is deceptive, because it looks like more than 75 people/100 in the US have guns, but that's not true. If one person in 5 has a gun, and that one person has 5 guns, then it averages out to 1 gun per person.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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What's interesting, is it's quite low in places like Ireland, the UK, The Netherlands, Portugal, and much of former Eastern Europe.

However, there is a strong contrast with Scandinavia, the Germanic countries, and France...all of which have a much more sizeable presense of guns...from 1/3 to 1/2 of their populations seem to have guns.

What makes Sweden/Germany/France have 30-50% gun ownership, whereas countries like UK/Ireland/Portugal/Poland, hardly has any guns (0-10%)?
That map is guns per person, not percentages with guns. No way that 30-50% in France or Germany have a gun. I live in the US and have only seen a person other than the police with a gun one time. No way 75% of people have guns. Like Ruth says, if one person out of five has five guns than that would mean there is one gun for every person. Rather misleading.
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:25 AM
 
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its guns per people not percentage of population.
Manipulative statistics! Particularly since they used 100% as the top base.
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:27 AM
 
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That map is guns per person, not percentages with guns. No way that 30-50% in France or Germany have a gun. I live in the US and have only seen a person other than the police with a gun one time. No way 75% of people have guns. Like Ruth says, if one person out of five has five guns than that would mean there is one gun for every person. Rather misleading.
Yes. So what it means (to answer the OP's question) when the chart says "30-50% of Swedes have guns" is that possibly around 15% of Swedes have two hunting rifles, or one rifle and one handgun. Really, the map doesn't tell us much. The statistical basis for it is kind of worthless.
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:29 AM
 
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Yes. So what it means (to answer the OP's question) when the chart says "30-50% of Swedes have guns" is that possibly around 15% of Swedes have two hunting rifles, or one rifle and one handgun.
Which still makes me wonder why places like PORTUGAL or POLAND or IRELAND have so very very few comparatively...

(I'd ask about the UK, but dunno what to put here already fielded that one).
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:48 AM
 
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Which still makes me wonder why places like PORTUGAL or POLAND or IRELAND have so very very few comparatively...

(I'd ask about the UK, but dunno what to put here already fielded that one).
Well, apparently local legislators thought that restricting the access to guns is a good idea.

You can find some articles on the history of various gun laws on the internet. For example, gun restriction in Ireland had something to do with the conflict between Protestants and Catholics.
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