A new survey of Kentuckians asked whether they had a gun in the household, and if so, whether they had more than one. The results were interesting:
No gun: 35%
One gun: 27%
More than one gun: 38%
That is, about 58% of households with a gun have more than one.
National surveys show that about 3/4ths of households with a gun have more than one.
Indeed, more than half of all the guns in America are owned by only about 1/7th of all households.
For the minority who don't want guns at all outside of a well-regulated militia, the puzzle is why other people want to have any guns. For them, any gun in the house is a far greater source of danger than of protection.
However, these figures make me think that an even more interesting question is why a few people want to have many guns in their house. For most gun owners, the weapon seems to be a tool, as one might have a dishwasher.
For a few people, though, guns seem to be something else - a status good, a comfort item, perhaps even a fetish.
Some people buy many guns, I think, for the same reason that some women buy many shoes.