"'On average, the gun imperils everyone in the home more than it protects them,' said Matthew Miller, a professor at Northeastern University and an author of the 2015 study. 'If you can get people to understand the risk that they are assuming and imposing on people in their home, you can actually save lives.'"--NYTimes article this morning (here).
An exhaustive new study on gun ownership reported by the Times this morning shows owners are moving away from long guns toward handguns. The study also emphasizes emphasizes earlier studiea that show gun owners kill far more innocent people (including themselves) than criminals wishing to do those owners harm.
The new study, which will be published next year and polled 4,000 people, shows that in the past 25 or so years, ownership has more than doubled and that just three percent of Americans own more than half of the guns. More handguns are being bought these days than rifles and shotguns and family protection is the most often cited reason for gun purchases, especially among handguns.
The survey showed that women and African-Americans prefer handguns to longer guns, though white men still prefer rifles and shotguns.
Guns are being concentrated in the hands of vastly fewer people, mostly rural white men over the age of 30. "While the percentage of households with guns has declined to 22 percent from 25 percent, the net numbers of guns and gun owners have gone up. In 1994, about 44 million Americans owned 192 million guns. Today, about 55 million Americans own 265 million guns."