Guns purchased legally in the United States this year could outfit two armies – and not just any armies, the armies of China and India, according to new government reports cited by a website for sport-shooting enthusiasts.
The federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System database statistics show there were more than 3.7 million background checks during the first three months of this year, compared to about 8 million annually not even a decade ago, according to the documentation assembled by Ammoland.com.
That’s not individual guns, that’s background checks, the organization pointed out. If a purchaser obtains two, three or even four guns at a time, often there is only one background check.
“You also bought 1,529,635,000 rounds of ammunition in just the month of December. Yeah, that is right, that is billion with a ‘b.’ This number takes no account of reloading or reloaded ammunition,” the report said.
According to the Global Security website, the Indian army is estimated to have about 1 million soldiers. A news report from several years ago estimated the Chinese army at 1.7 million, although recent estimates put that at 2.25 million.
The report cites the quote from Admiral Isoruko Yamamota, a World War II leader for Japan, who said, “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”
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