Ready, Aim, Fire! Gun Facts Pop Quiz, by @JackAUrquhart

Guns, guns, guns

1. The total number of nonmilitary firearms in the United States as of 2009 was:

a. 100 million
b. 150 million
c. 310 million
d. 500 million

2. True/False: The U.S. ranks number 1 in the world in per capita gun ownership at 90 guns per 100 people.

3. True/False: Per capita gun ownership in Mexico is 15 guns per 100 people.

4. The U.S., with 4.5 percent of the world population, owns about what percent of the planet’s civilian firearms?

a. 10%
b. 15%
c. 25%
d. 40%

5. According to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, what U.S. State has the most guns per capita?

a. Utah
b. Montana
c. Kentucky
d. West Virginia

6. According to The U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, what U.S. State boasts the highest number of concealed weapons permits?

a. Pennsylvania
b. Georgia
c. Florida
d. Texas

7. Which of the following retailers boasts the most establishments in the U.S. (as of 2011)?

a. Grocery Stores
b. Walmart Stores
c. McDonald’s Restaurants
d. Gun Dealers

8. The Small Arms Survey, an independent research project based in Geneva, noted that of 28 countries surveyed for its 2011 report on civilian firearm possession, only two consider civilian ownership of a firearm a basic right. They are:

a. U.S. and Australia
b. U.S. and Yemen.
c. U.S. and Israel
d. U.S. and Colombia

9. Since 2010, Ruger and Smith & Wesson – the two biggest U.S. publicly traded gun makers – have enjoyed a stock market value increase of:

a. 150%
b. 100%
c. 90%
d. 50%

10. What chain retailer is the biggest seller of firearms and ammunition in the U.S.?

a. Kmart
b. Sears
c. Walmart
d. Target

11. The National Rifle Association was first chartered in 1871 in what U.S. State?

a. Texas
b. Pennsylvania
c. New York
d. Tennessee

12. The Original Mission of the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) was:

a. To promote gun ownership
b. Promote marksmanship and hunting safety
c. Protect gun manufacturers
d. Provide gun training to post American Civil War Union Army Soldiers

13. The N.R.A.-backed Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, passed by Congress in 2005, was designed to:

a. Reduce Federal taxes on gun manufacturers
b. Shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits filed by victims of gun violence
c. Allow gun manufacturers to contribute funds to Political Action Committees
d. Allow gun manufacturers to establish limited monopolies in certain states

14. Which organization spent the most dollars lobbying Congress in 2012?

a. Mayors Against Illegal Guns (pro-gun control)
b. The Brady Campaign (pro-gun control)
c. National Rifle Association (anti-gun control)
d. Gun Owners of America (anti-gun control)

15. Match the office holder to his Annual Salary.

  • Barack Obama, President of the U.S.                                             a.  $970,000
  • Wayne LaPierre, CEO/V.P. N.R.A.                                                 b.  $223,500
  • Hon. John Roberts, Chief Justice of the U.S.                                c.  $666,000+
  • Chris W. Cox, Executive Director, N.R.A. Lobbying Efforts       d. $400,000

16. True/False: In an average year, guns are used to murder more than 9,500 people in the United States.

17. True/False: About 5,900 American troops have died in Afghanistan and Iraq during the past 10 years.

18. Japan, Germany, England, Wales and Canada have a combined population of 305 million people. In an average year, the combined total number of gun deaths in these countries is:

a. 2600 people
b. 1200 people
c. 450 people
d. 250 people

19. The number of gun-related homicides in Chicago, Illinois, in 2012 was:

a. 97
b. 129
c. 374
d. 435

20. On January 8, 2011, Jared Lee Loughner shot U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen others (six fatally). Loughner used a Glock 19 handgun with a high-capacity ammunition magazine. The high-capacity magazine made it possible to fire how many bullets in 15 seconds?

a. 30+ bullets
b. 20 bullets
c. 15  bullets
d. 10 bullets

21. How many states ban large capacity magazines capable of firing more than 10 rounds?

a. 42
b. 18
c. 10
d. 5

22. According to Labor Bureau figures, the annual cost of putting an armed guard in each of the United States’ roughly 98,000 public schools would be:

a. $500 million
b. $1.75 billion
c. $2.5 billion
d. $3.3 billion

23. Hollow point bullets, which feature a dimple on the point of the bullet:

a. Are illegal in the U.S.
b. Can’t be purchased online in the U.S.
c. Expand on impact like an umbrella to produce extra wound channels
d. Are purchased in huge quantities by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

24. True/False: The Geneva Convention prohibits the use of hollow point bullets on the battlefield in time of war.

25. The number of children and teens killed by guns in the U.S. in 2008 and 2009 was:

a. 5740
b. 5013
c. 3250
d. 2517

26. Bonus: In Japan, the number of guns per 100 people is:

a. 47
b. 20
c. 10
d. less than 1 gun per 100 people.

Answer Key:
1. c. 310 million (source: Point, Click, Fire: An Investigation of Illegal Online Gun Sales)
2. True; comparison: Switzerland is #2 in the world at 47 guns per 100 people (source: International Small Arms Survey )
3. True (source: same as #2 above)
4. d. 40% (source: Huffington Post, Dr. Garen Wintemute, of the University of California, Davis, Medical Center  )
5. c. Kentucky; comparison: Utah is #2; Montana is #3 (source: FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System )
6. c. Florida (1 million permits by close of 2012) (source: U.S. Government Accountability Office )
7. d. Gun dealers, 129,817; comparison: number of gas stations in the U.S. in 2011, 143,839 (source: ABC News  )
8. b. The U.S. and Yemen (source: The Small Arms Survey )
9. a. 150% (source: Forbes )
10. c. Walmart (source: 2008 Fortune Global 500 )
11. c. New York (source: Wikipedia )
12. d. Provide Gun training to Union Army Soldiers (source: same as #11)
13. b. Shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits (source: Huffington Post )
14. c. N.R.A. $2,905,000; comparison: Mayors Against Illegal Guns spent $200,000 (source: Republic Report )
15. Barack Obama ->            d. $400,000 (2013)
Wayne LaPierre ->                a. $970,000 (2012)
Hon. John Roberts ->           b. $223,500 (2013)
Chris W. Cox ->                       c. $666,000+ (2012)
(source: Forbes  AND )
16. True (source: Huffington Post )
17. True (source: same as #16)
18. c.  450 (source: same as #16 )
19. d. 435  (source: Washington Monthly)
20. a. 30+ (source: same as #16)
21. d. 5  California, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York (source: Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence )
22. d. $3.3 billion (source: New York Daily News )
23. c & d (source: )
24. True (source: same as #23)
25. a. 5740 (source: Children’s Defense Fund )
26. Bonus: d. less than 1 gun per 100 people (source: International Small Arms Survey)

About jaurquhart

Jack Andrew Urquhart was born in the American South. Following undergraduate work at the University of Florida, Gainesville, he taught in Florida's public schools. He earned a Master of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was the winner of the Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Award for Fiction (1991). His work has appeared online at Clapboard House Literary Journal, Crazyhorse Literary Journal, and Standards: The International Journal of Multicultural Studies. He is the author of So They Say, a collection of self-contained, inter-connected stories and the short story, They Say You Can Stop Yourself Breathing. Formerly a writing instructor at the University of Colorado’s Writing Program, Mr. Urquhart was, until 2010, a senior analyst for the Judicial Branch of California. He resides in Washington State.
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2 Responses to Ready, Aim, Fire! Gun Facts Pop Quiz, by @JackAUrquhart

  1. rlboyington says:

    The hysteria of the 2nd amendment/gun rights people prevents them from taking part in any decent or reasoned discussion. Still, maybe there is a shred of hope if even one of said people gets to read and think, deeply thinks about what all this means about quality of life.
    Thank you for doing the research.

  2. marydpierce says:

    I would take this quiz, but I fear it would make me cry!

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