According to this article on AOL, the decline in gun ownership may be connected to the decline in hunting.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it’s ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt.
According to the latest General Social Survey, 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or live with someone who does, which ties a record low set in 2010. That’s a significant decline since the late 1970s and early 1980s, when about half of Americans told researchers there was a gun in their household.
As such, maybe we who hunt should consider mentoring kids who are from non-hunting families. I think I will get with the local Boy Scout troops and see if there are any kids who are interested in a 3-day weekend hunt. Preferably kids who don’t have a dad. I think 2-3 days of personal gun safety and observation after they pass the hunter ed class and then 3-days in the woods might light the hunting fire, and make a future gun owner out of them.