How Many Texans Own Guns? A Whole Freakin' Lot, Poll Shows

Categories: Texas

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He fits right in.
Hey, we all know Texans like their guns. We just didn't realize how much they love them. (Well, to be honest, we did if we gave it much thought, but we hadn't, and now there's new evidence showing it.)

For most of those interested, the key finding of the new University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll was either Rick Perry's semi-solid standing among Texas voters, or a finding that those polled support criminal and mental-health background checks on people buying guns.

(Frankly, if you ask a question that basically consists of "should hardened criminals and the mentally handicapped have easy access to powerful weapons?", you're probably going to find a lot of support for background checks.)

Deeper into the poll was a basic question: Do you or a family member own a gun?

Answer: Hells to the yes.

Nearly half of the 1,200 Texas voters polled, or a member of the polled person's family, own at least one gun, results showed.

That's a lot of gun owners.

The pollsters then asked further questions of the 44 percent who fell into the gun-owning categories, and things got even more interesting.

According to the poll, 19 percent of the gun owners had just a single gun....but single guns are for wimps. If you're going to be a gun owner, then be a gun owner: 44 percent owned from two to five guns.

Twenty percent -- one in five Texan gun owners -- packed more than five guns. Most ominously of all, 17 percent of those polled answered "prefer not to say." We assume that last group also has an impressive collection of beans, jugs of water and many non-perishable foods.

Why do they own (so, so many) guns? The poll showed 44 percent cited "protection" and 19 percent hunting or sport shooting. Fair enough.

But let's do some extrapolating. There were 13,646,226 Texans who voted in 2012.

The poll says 44 percent of Texas voters, or a family member, own a gun -- that would be a little over six million people. (Yikes.)

Of that 44 percent, two percent -- a little over 120,000 Texans -- said the reason they own a gun is "Second Amendment right," to quote the poll exactly.

One hundred twenty thousand Texans own a gun simply to make a constitutional point?

Texas, our Texas, all hail the mighty state.

(Note: All advanced math skills learned from Sr. Agnes Mary, a nun universally known as "Crazy Aggie," so don't blame me for mistakes.)

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cdfink
cdfink

The states with the highest gun ownership rates have a gun murder rate 114% higher than those with the lowest gun ownership rates. 


You are ten more times likely to be shot with your own guy than stop an intruder with it. 


A gun in the home is 700% more likely to be used on a member of the household, either by accident, domestic dispute, or suicide. 


Guns have never stopped a mass murder. The armed guards at Columbine exchanged shots, and then ran away to call for backup. 

Benjamin Carter
Benjamin Carter

That sounds like a foolish misunderestimation... haha but seriously i bet the number is way higher than roughly 6 million

Andrew Puls
Andrew Puls

I own several for hunting, rifles and shotguns. None has a magazine capacity greater than 5.

Ben Dalton
Ben Dalton

when the zombies attack, I think a samurai sword will be my weapon of choice....

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

I thought zombies made up a majority of the state electorate, already. That must partly explain the gun nuttery.

Jen Rose
Jen Rose

Guns? why spend so much cash you can get a pack of 30 throwing knives at renfest for a fraction of the cost! and their swords and spiked clubs definitely won't run out of bullets when the zombies come.

Robert Elder
Robert Elder

Henry, she's has several law enforcement agencies. They bought in bulk to reduce costs, it is less than three years supply for normal training.. Take off the tinfoil hat

Pamela Johnson
Pamela Johnson

You can't always do that. I live in a very nice apartment complex in Austin, and when some visitors who were intoxicated started kicking doors in, the police here took hours to get here and when they came they literally did nothing to help the 20 or so terrified female tenants. Eventually, the complaints escalated to a point they were forced to round up the perps...3 hours had gone by. I at least had some protection inside my home. And that is by no means an isolated incident. Austin has added a huge amount to of people to several fast growing sectors but they have not added officers to those sectors; last time I checked they told me they had cut back. Crime is also VERY underreported, probably because we are a university city. Crooked politics protecting the out of town property owners and REO's endanger thousands of people who have lost their homes and their families have been forced to lease townhomes and apartments. The only answer IS to be able to protect yourself.

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

My Weiner is a pistol of sorts. It shoots its always loaded and its concealed ...

Libby Lipps
Libby Lipps

yep, three times over. I have my concealed carry, I have for several years now. I just like having a line of defense besides waiting on law-enforcement that may not even be able to find me soon enough if I am not at a physical address or able to call. However, I would never suggest relying on a weapon to be a sole form of protection, while you can't always prevent and plan everything, you can keep yourself out of situations that are clearly bad ideas!

Henry McRae Dillard
Henry McRae Dillard

I don't own a gun but I'm seriously considering it (I support background checks, too). When the government passes legislation like NDAA essentially making it legal to indefinitely detain US Citizens without due process; *that* should make one go 'yikes' (in addition to all the other insane legislation being passed since 9/11 thus making our nation more like a corpratocracy/police state). More over, would like to note how asinine it is that the government was caught selling guns to the drug cartels and for some reason we are to trust their gun-control legislation after the DHS purchased a large amount of auto-assault rifles and hollow-point bullets. ugh

Richard Tew
Richard Tew

HP, probably a simple oversight on your part, but you forgot to insert the "dammit" at the end of your caption.

Daniel McCrary
Daniel McCrary

I own guns. I have two shotguns and a deer rifle. At one point I owned several handguns and then I realized that my poor decisions in female companions might shorten my life as long as high velocity projectiles were around. I got rid of them.

Elizabeth Anne Hamilton
Elizabeth Anne Hamilton

i own several, and i like having one in each room, just in case i have an intruder blocking me in a room. i like the idea of being able to defend myself if need be.

Willie J Outler
Willie J Outler

nothing wrong with folks owning them, just the ones illegally selling them

frangomints
frangomints

If you don't yet own a gun, the state made it easier this past weekend, in recognition of Texas Independence Day. Gun sales that weekend were tax-free. Yee-haww. More guns, less tax revenue!

jedkeller
jedkeller

@cdfink  How can you say guns have never stopped a mass shooting? When the gunman is shot immediately the mass shooting does not occur, so of course it wouldn't be a mass shooting at all. 

Not to mention if you type your stats in google they are all over the place and have no solid numbers. In other words you pulled this out of your ass.

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