What a country! We have more retail gun stores than we do grocery stores! Is that great, or what?!?
"Guns in America, a Statistical Look."
There are more than 129,817 federally licensed firearms dealers in the United States, according to the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives numbers (as of Aug. 1) . Of those, 51,438 are retail gun stores, 7,356 are pawn shops and 61,562 are collectors, with the balance of the licenses belonging mostly to manufacturers and importers of firearms and destructive devices.
For comparison, here are some numbers of other ubiquitous elements of American life:
* Gas Stations in the U.S. (2011): 143,839 (source TD LINX/Nielsen via National Associations of Convenience Stores, Association for Convenience for Convenience and Fuel Retailing)
* Grocery Stores in the U.S. (2011) 36,569 (source: Food Marketing Institute)
* McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. (2011): 14,098 (Source: McDonald’s Corporation Annual Report 2011)
. . . According to ATF reports, in 2010 there were 5,459,240 new firearms manufactured in the United States, nearly all (95 percent) for the U.S. market. An additional 3,252,404 firearms were imported to the United States. (Emphasis supplied, MBV.)
We need more guns as well as enough ammo to be very proficient at hitting our targets.
Only go to Gas Stations, Grocery Stores and Maccas so that I can stay alive and drive to Gun Stores.
The balance seems about right!
Somebody got their facts wrong. No way that there are more retail gun stores than gas stations, and maybe not more than grocery stores. By my count, in my town, there are 7 major grocery stores (not counting Walmart and Target and K-Mart, all of whom sell groceries) and 22 major gas stations in my town...and only one dedicated gun shop (not counting 3 pawn brokers)
America seems like hub of Guns nd Ammo.
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