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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
Despite the rush by paranoiacs to buy guns, ownership of firearms has been steadily declining
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By Pat Cunningham
March 10, 2013 11:05 a.m.





THIS might strike you as counterintuitive:

The share of American households with guns has declined over the past four decades, a national survey shows, with some of the most surprising drops in the South and the Western mountain states, where guns are deeply embedded in the culture.

The gun ownership rate has fallen across a broad cross section of households since the early 1970s, according to data from the General Social Survey, a public opinion survey conducted every two years that asks a sample of American adults if they have guns at home, among other questions.

The rate has dropped ...

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