Americans own nearly half the world’s civilian-held guns ― but according to Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), that’s still not enough.
“The Second Amendment is absolute, and it’s here to stay,” Boebert said Wednesday during a House floor speech. “A recent report states that Americans own 46% of the world’s guns. I think we need to get our numbers up, boys and girls.”
That statistic appears to be from a 2018 report by the Small Arms Survey, an independent global research project based in Geneva, that found Americans owned about 46% of the world’s estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands, despite making up only 4% of the global population. Of more than 1 billion firearms in the world, civilians owned around 85%, the survey found.
The U.S. was the only country found to have more civilian-owned guns than it has people.
“The biggest force pushing up gun ownership around the world is civilian ownership in the United States. Ordinary American people buy approximately 14 million new and imported guns every year,” survey author Aaron Karp said at the time, according to Reuters.
Boebert made the comment while arguing against a new rule targeting pistol attachments known as “stabilizing braces.” The rule was announced last month by the Justice Department as part of the Biden administration’s effort to tighten gun regulations.
Boebert, a firearm fanatic who narrowly won reelection in November, owned a gun-themed restaurant
Already this year, there have been dozens of mass shootings across the U.S., including two in California last month that left at least 19 people dead. According to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, at least 3,739 people have been killed by guns so far this year.