Americans own 423M guns & 8.1B rounds of ammunition, latest data shows

Rates of firearm ownership and gun sales are on the rise despite calls for gun control, according to a report released Wednesday by the Firearms Industry Trade Association (FITA).

Using the most recent data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF’s) Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Reports (AFMER) to draw its conclusions, FITA’s report stated there are 422.9 million firearms in civilian possession from 1986 to 2018, along with an estimated 8.1 billion rounds of various firearms calibers and gauges.

The report also noted that in a 25 year period between 1993 and 2017, the violent crime rate has dropped by 48.6 percent while firearms-related accidents have decreased by 68 percent.

“These figures show the industry that America has a strong desire to continue to purchase firearms for lawful purposes,” said Joe Bartozzi, President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “The Modern Sporting Rifle continues to be the most popular centerfire rifle sold in America today and is clearly a commonly-owned firearm with more than 17 million in legal private ownership today. The continued popularity of handguns demonstrates a strong interest by Americans to protect themselves and their homes, and to participate in the recreational shooting sports.”

The report showed more than half of all rifles purchased in 2017 were modern sporting rifles, indicating a strong interest in those types of firearms despite increasing legal obstacles.  In fact, some gun shop owners say sales have gone up, not in spite of, but because of many proposals for more restrictive gun control policy.

Gun shop representatives said that they are seeing more purchases of semiautomatic weapons such as handguns and AR-15s in spite of the public criticism against those guns by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. And they are thanking those political opponents for the boost in sales.

“Sales have definitely been brisk, especially of small, concealable handguns. We also saw a spike in sales of tactical rifles like AR-15s and AK-47s, for which I think we can confidently thank Beto O’Rourke,” Justin Anderson, the marketing director for Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina told the Washington Examiner.

Hyatt Guns is one of the largest firearms retailers in the country.

O’Rourke gained attention during one debate experience when he said “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15” in response to a question on whether he favored mandatory gun buyback programs.

While O’Rourke characterized weapons like AR-15s, AK-47s and other semi-automatic rifles are “instruments of terror,” recent FBI statistics found individuals are more likely to be killed by blunt force weapons than by rifles.

Those statistics showed that in 2017, 467 people were killed by a blunt object, while 403 people were killed by any type of rifle, including both semi-automatic rifles and other types using other reloading actions like bolts and levers.

How Spreading SEO Across Departments Can Help Make Data and Analytics Higher Priorities – PR News

While Hui didn’t come across pushback when he suggested the inter-departmental SEO org chart, he acknowledges it can occur. The remedy, he claims, is education and learning, which, Hui admits, “won’t be finished overnight.” This is why education is 2nd on his to-do list. “Every one of this will fall on deaf ears” unless coworkers recognize Search Engine Optimization as well as the component it plays in marketing and also communications technique. SEO, he states, “is not a be-all, end-all. It collaborates with social media sites. It collaborates with online as well as offline advertising and web content amplification. It deals with sales.”

US-Mexico boundary fatalities reduced per year under Trump than Obama, information shows

< img width ="768"height=" 432 "src=""alt=""style=" display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear: both; max-width: 100 %;"link_thumbnail=""> A media firestorm has surrounded Head of state Donald Trump for his U.S.-Mexico border as well as migration policies, yet a lot of reports stop working to discuss that deaths at the southwest border were actually greater under former Head of state Barack Obama.

After a number of travelers have actually recently passed away while going across the U.S.-Mexico border or in UNITED STATE Boundary Patrol protection, the media and notable numbers in politics have pointed the finger at Head of state Trump, whom they claim need to be “struck” for the plans, as well as more.

However, some of the greatest varieties of deaths on the southwest border over the previous two decades really happened under previous Head of states Obama as well as George W. Bush, according to U.S. Border Patrol data gave to American Military News.

Throughout Obama’s two-term presidency, from 2008 to 2016, boundary fatalities ranged from 251 to 471 every year. The 471 fatalities occurred in 2012, and that is the second highest possible number of border fatalities in the last two decades.

In the initial 2 years of Trump’s presidency, boundary fatalities have in fact reduced.

In 2017, border fatalities fell from 329 to 298, as well as went down again to 283 in 2018, according to Boundary Patrol data.

Deaths on the southwestern border from 1998 to 2018. (Custom-mades and also Boundary Protection/Released)

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who offered under Obama and is vying for the Democratic Event’s election to compete President in 2020, tweeted a picture of the current two migrant deaths– a dad as well as child that passed away while going across the Rio Grande– claiming, “This image is gut-wrenching. The viciousness we’re seeing at our border is outrageous. Background will evaluate exactly how we respond to the Trump Management’s therapy of immigrant families & & kids– we can’t be silent. This isn’t that we are. This is not America.”

President Trump claimed of the fatalities, “I dislike it,” adding, “I know it might quit promptly if the Democrats change the regulation. They have to transform the legislations. And after that papa, who most likely was this terrific guy, with his little girl, things like that wouldn’t happen,” the Associated Press reported on Thursday. Trump has actually been widely criticized for the current two fatalities, although that the migrant family members was alerted of the dangers of attempting to cross the Rio Grande– particularly with youngsters– yet they decided to continue anyhow, the Associated Press likewise reported Thursday. Nonetheless, that fact did not quit Biden or the Autonomous trend of criticizing President Trump.

Breitbart News observed that Biden was significantly quiet concerning the thousands of boundary fatalities that occurred under the administration he was a part of for 8 years.

Breitbart assembled a checklist of 20 records they released on deaths at the boundary during Obama’s presidency. Many of the records include numerous deaths– many from a solitary county.

“During the Obama-Biden administration, 535 migrants passed away in one Texas region alone– Brooks Area,” Breitbart pointed out.

One theory for the inconsistency in limelights is that Trump determined to focus on migration, while Obama didn’t– despite the data.

“While we really did not become aware of all these regrettable fatalities under the Obama management, we find out about them now, due to the fact that our management is making a concern of migration,” migration lawyer Roxie De Santiago informed KOAT7 News in January. “It’s what this management has actually selected to focus its interest on.”

Philadelphia’s start-up community launches data survey to address its diversity shortcomings

Open Access Philly, with Philly Startup Leaders and three start-ups, will develop what it says is a first-ever diversity, equity and inclusion data set for the city’s start-up community to identify “the most impactful, actionable issues” and provide resources to “enact meaningful change.” – Diane Mastrull, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News