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The 10 Countries with the Most Guns in Private Hands

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This is from OutDoorHub.

I was surprised by some of the countries on the list.

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Somebody should probably tell this man about trigger discipline. Image from Yann on the Wikimedia Commons

Every wonder which countries have the most firepower in private hands? This article lists off those nations. Unlike most lists that cover this subject, ours will be based on total amount of privately-owned firearms rather than guns per capita.

Data is taken from Small Arms Survey.

Honorable mentions that didn’t make the top 10 include Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Serbia, and Finland.

10. Canada

  • Estimated private firearms: 9,950,000
  • 31 guns per 100 residents

We expected Canada to be a lot higher on this list but the True North barely squeezed by into the top 10. Canada does have a long and rich history of gun ownership, and experts say that more and more young people are getting involved in shooting sports. However, a lengthy and complicated process to purchase firearms dissuades many from buying their own.

Check out our list of guns that are available in Canada but not the United States here.

9. Thailand

  • Estimated private firearms: 10,000,000
  • 16 guns per 100 residents

On a single road in Bangkok, over 80 gun shops fight and jostle for customers to enter their shops or check their stalls. This is indicative of the reverent gun culture in Thailand—one that is a match for the United States. Actually purchasing a firearm is still a long and demanding process, but that does not stop residents from being armed. Firearms are much more expensive in Thailand than in the States, and the same brand-name guns that are widely available elsewhere can cost up to five times higher in the Asian nation. This is due to the fact that there are few gun manufacturers in Thailand and most weapons are imported. Most of the guns there are American or Chinese-made.

“Consumers for firearms in Thailand are mostly middle to upper class,” Firearms Association of Thailand’s Polpatr Tanomsup told CNN. “They want better quality, because if they imported China-made guns, it would not be much cheaper than American-made firearms, and the quality for American is much higher. It is collectible, easy to sell, easy to buy, easy to get parts.”

8. Yemen

  • Estimated private firearms: 11,500,000
  • 55 guns per 100 residents

If there is a country that can outmatch the United States in gun ownership, it might be Yemen. It is nearly mandatory for residents to own at least one firearm, and almost wherever you go, you will find guns up for grab. Uncertain about their future, the people of Yemen rely on their trusty firearms for protection.

“In Yemen, no matter if you’re rich or poor, you must have guns. Even if it’s just one piece,” Abdul Wahab al-Ammari, a tribal sheikh from Yemen’s Ibb province, told The Atlantic. “I have maybe 14 high powered weapons, and 3 handguns [at home].”

7. Brazil

  • Estimated private firearms: 14,840,000
  • 8 guns per 100 residents

Unlike Yemen, one of the world’s poorest nations, Brazil is a rising star on the global stage. Like most of the nations on this list, gun ownership is not a legal right in Brazil. Residents have to be at least 25 years old to apply for a ownership permit, which must be renewed every three years, and actual carry permits are hard to obtain. Despite these hurdles, gun ownership remains popular in Brazil and being home to notable manufacturers like Taurus makes the country the second-largest gun-producing nation in the Western Hemisphere.

6. Mexico

  • Estimated private firearms: 15,500,000
  • 15 guns per 100 residents

Previously, Mexico’s constitution guaranteed the right to bear arms. The current version limits that right to only keeping arms, and in practice, gun ownership is heavily restricted. In some of Mexico’s more dangerous areas, security forces are spread thin and residents are called upon to defend themselves with their own firearms.

5. Pakistan

  • Estimated private firearms: 18,000,000
  • 12 guns per 100 residents

Home of the notorious Khyber Pass and its gun “industry,” it comes as no surprise that Pakistan made it onto this list. Amateur and experienced gunsmiths alike work in the Khyber Pass region, producing unlicensed and, in many cases, homemade-quality firearms from materials like railway rails and scrap metal.

4. Germany

  • Estimated private firearms: 25,000,000
  • 30 guns per 100 residents

Whether it’s for hunting wild boar or sport shooting, guns are very popular in Germany. Commonplace though they might be, Germany has severe restrictions on what kind of guns one can buy, and applicants for gun ownership must prove a need before being issued a permit. Self-defense isn’t necessarily an accepted reason. Nonetheless, German gun owners say that such regulations are expected.

“On the one hand, we think, ‘Oh, it’s very restrictive, and we don’t like that,’” sport shooter Friedrich Gepperth told NPR. “On the other hand, each case of misuse by a legal gun owner is very bad for us, so we are not going against the restrictions very much.”

3. China

  • Estimated private firearms: 40,000,000
  • 5 guns per 100 residents

Surprised to see this country on the list? Despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the world—a blanket ban on private firearm ownership—gun culture seems to be taking hold. How is this possible? With a multitude of shooting and hunting clubs, guns are once again finding their place back into Chinese hands. According to some, it’s hard not to romanticize firearms due to their popularity in film and television.

“In the 1960s, shooting was for national defense,” Xie Xianqiao, a former shooting coach, told The Wall Street Journal. “These days, shooting is entertainment.”

That said, private ownership without the proper permits can still lead to a hefty fine and lengthy prison sentence. Crimes committed with a firearm often receive the death penalty.

2. India

  • Estimated private firearms: 45,000,000
  • 5 guns per 100 residents

Guns in the world’s most populous democracy are both protection and a status symbol. Proper firearms are expensive—enough to be included in dowries—and a single 1911 pistol can sell for several times its asking US price. Domestically-produced guns are available, but lack the reliability and style of foreign-made firearms. Concern over sexual attacks have also led to guns becoming more popular among women—as well as fathers.

Bank manager Jagdeep Singh says he keeps a pistol on his hip to fight off bandits during long car rides, but it also gives him safety of mind when he’s home.

“I have two good-looking daughters,” he told The Los Angeles Times, “another reason I keep a gun.”

1. United States of America

  • Estimated private firearms: 270,000,000
  • 89 guns per 100 residents

Was there ever really any doubt that we’d be number one on this list? The United States of America is by far the best country in the world to be in if you want to own guns. The constitutional right to keep and bear arms (where it isn’t infringed upon by local law), combined with large popular support for gun ownership and easy availability, make the United States a gun collector’s dream.

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A RETIREE’S LAST TRIP TO WAL-MART.

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I got this in an email.

I think we all could use a laugh.

Yesterday  I was at my local Wal-Mart buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Jake, the Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.
What did she think, I had an elephant?So because I’m retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I
didn’t have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again.
I added that I  probably shouldn’t, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d  lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming  out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and that the way that it works is, to load your  pants pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry.
The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stopped to pee on a Fire Hydrant and a car hit me.I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was Laughing so  hard.

Wal-Mart won’t let me shop there anymore.

Better watch what you ask retired people.
They have all the time in the World to think of crazy  things to say.

U.S. Government Lends $105M to Brazil—to Build Aquarium

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This is from CNSNews.

As much as we are in debt why are we loaning money to Brazil?

Especially to build an aquarium.

No doubt more crony capitalism.

 

CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Export-Import Bank, an agency of the federal government, is lending $105 million to the Brazilian state of Ceara to help build an aquarium in its capital city of Fortaleza.

“An anticipated tourist attraction, the aquarium will boast four floors housing 25 large tanks containing approximately 15 million liters of water and showcasing 500 marine species and 35,000 individual specimens,” the Export-Import Bank said in a press release.

“The aquarium will also feature interactive exhibits, two 4D cinemas, one 3D cinema, and an educational platform dedicated to the research and preservation of aquatic life along the Brazilian coastal regions,” said the U.S.-government-controlled bank. “When completed, Acquario will rank as the largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere and the third largest in the world.”

The bank says the $105 million loan for the project will “finance the export of American good and services” for construction of the aquarium.

In May, President Barack Obama signed legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank through fiscal 2014, increasing its financing authority from $100 billion to $140 billion.

When the reauthorization legislation was debated in Congress, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) offered an amendment that would have terminated the bank by prohibiting it from engaging in new loans, loan guarantees or any other form of financing after May 31, 2013. After that date, the bank would have been permitted only to fulfill the obligations into which it had already entered. Lee’s amendment failed, however, and the Senate voted 78-20 to reauthorize the bank. The House had earlier voted 330-93 for reauthorization.

“We need to end the corporate welfare that distorts the market and feeds crony capitalism,” Lee said during Senate debate on the bank. “The corporations that largely benefit from the Ex-Im Bank should have no trouble marshaling their resources to compete in today’s economy. If they are struggling, then they are most likely not deserving of taxpayer help; and if they are turning billions in profit, then they clearly do not need taxpayer-subsidized loans.”

“Having the government pick winners and losers does not make industries stronger, it makes them more dependent on subsidies,” said Lee. “When government is picking who wins, the loser is always the taxpayer.”

The Export-Import Bank approved the loan to Brazilian state of Ceara to build the aquarium in October.

“Ex-Im Bank’s financing for this transaction will level the playing field for an American exporter in Brazil–one of the bank’s nine key markets–and enable the company to confront foreign competition on an equal footing,” said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg, an Obama appointee. “As a result, the transaction will directly support hundreds of American small-business jobs in a specialized industry. The aquarium, which attests to the craftsmanship of American workers, will be a major tourist attraction in Brazil that will help support jobs here at home.”

The bank said in its press release that Colorado-based International Concept Management would be designing and building the Brazilian aquarium.

In fiscal 2012, the bank said in October, it “earned for U.S. taxpayers $803.7 million above the cost of all operations.”

“This year, Ex-Im helped support 255,000 quality jobs in communities across the country, all at no cost to the taxpayer,” said Chairman Hochberg.

 

 

 

What Will It Take To Make Some Americans Wake Up?

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This is by Charlie Daniels over at CNSNews.

Charlie sadly some Americans will never wake up.

I will disagree with you about some Americans heads being stuck in  the sand.

Their heads are firmly planted in their gluteus maximus.

I sometimes wonder how far some Americans are going to stick their heads in the sand and pretend that the policies liberals are putting in place will actually bring the American economy back to prosperity. I wonder if some people even really care about what we have already done to the generations to follow, what kind of future they will have, burdened with the debt being left to them.

I can’t help but ponder why people are still gullible enough to totally blame the ruinous state of the economy on George W. Bush after three and a half years of Obama‘s total and abject fiscal failure even after holding power over the White House and both houses of Congress for two full years.

It’s a mystery to me why the American public believes or respects anything Harry Reid ever says after his outrageous remark about the surge not working while we still had military in the field executing it, and knowing that his statement was hurtful to America and our military, simply putting his petulant political interests ahead of his country and the people who protect him from being murdered in his bed by terrorists.

How can anybody ever again take seriously the inane remarks of a congresswoman who says they have to pass a bill to find out what’s in it?

How long will it take America to recognize the folly of turning down desperately needed oil from our best friends in the world just north of our continental border and sending billions of dollars to Brazil for oil exploration, telling them we want to be their best customer?

How long will it take for the citizens of this nation to grasp the fact that cutting back our military is tantamount to national suicide, and that the incredible scientific and technological advances made as a benefit of the space program will be no more?

How about a president who totally took the word “reform” out of welfare and whose policies have led to a larger number of the workforce applying for disability than for jobs?

How long will the citizens of America support a media that does not represent their values, morals, ideals or even their tastes?

Will we continue turn a blind eye to the destructive and dehumanizing effect violent video games have on impressionable youth who vicariously kills dozens of people before he even goes to school in the morning?

Will we continue to allow an educational system that is based more on political power than learning, and that turns out semi-literate graduates who can repeat the lyrics to the latest hip-hop hit – but couldn’t name the capitals of the 50 states if their lives depended on it?

I sometimes fear that America has gone past the point of no return, that we’ve developed a national “play now, pay later” mentality, that too many people have decided that living off the dole is better than working and believe that morals should change with the times and “if it feels good, do it ” should set the bar.

I sometimes fear that the work ethic is being conditioned out of America, that too many people are starting to look at the federal government for all their needs and all their guidance, swallowing whole whatever the propaganda du jour happens to be.

It’s a pretty depressing thought.

Then I ride through the heartland and see a farmer working in the dark with his tractor lights on trying to get the hay baled before the coming rain, or glance at a highway paving crew sweating it out in the 100-degree weather, or notice the guys manhandling the big rigs across the highways of America.

When I look into the fresh faces and clear eyes of the young ladies who brought me the watermelon they were so proud of at the county fair we played the other night, or pass a churchyard filled with Sunday morning worshippers, I know that the battle may be going badly, but the war is still up for grabs.

“If My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, and for our county.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

 

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