Sunday, February 7, 2010

How Many Guns Are Enough?

John Longenecker asks, in his Los Angeles Gun Rights Examiner column How Many Guns are Enough? on February 4, 2010. It's a serious question. Interestingly, what he is talking about is not how many guns an individual may find enough, because the answer to that question is largely unknowable. Rather, what Longenecker is estimating is the number of people actively carrying guns at any time in a community. The answer may surprise you. Longenecker figures that if just 10% of the community were actively carrying guns when in public, that it would be possible for anyone to walk down our streets anywhere, at any time of the day.

Interesting. But go read the whole thing. We might debate the actual numbers, but I think the basic idea is sound.


  1. He's definitely on the right track. Street crime is nearly unknown here in Anchorage, where no permit is required for concealed carry. A VERY large percentage of adults carry, all the time.

    Personally, I'm never without my 1911 - it's amazing how large that .45 barrel looks from the business end. Besides, we have bears & moose here in town, too.

  2. Rev. Paul,

    Did I sound that tentative? I didn't mean to. I was just surprised that it took so few members of the public carrying. I usually have either a .45ACP or a 9mm somewhere close by. I consider it a civic duty.

    Best Wishes,

  3. To My (I assume) Chinese Friend,

    Thanks for stopping by. If you are a lover of liberty, you are welcome here any time. I apologize that I can not read your blog as well.