Private security guards vastly outnumber police in many nations.

A research institution says up to 25.5 million people work…

A research institution says up to 25.5 million people work as private security guards — outnumbering the police — in key areas such as airports, prisons and borders in 70 nations.

The annual survey by the Graduate Institute of Geneva says the gap between the number of private guards and police is quite large in some countries: Guatemala has 120,000 private security personnel and just under 20,000 police officers; India has 7 million private guards and 1.4 million police.

But the Small Arms Survey released Wednesday said private guards carry only about one-seventh the number of firearms as law enforcement.

Source: The Associated Press via The Star.

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  • CK

    The private sector needs to be more armed then government appointed. I don’t believe they are 1/7th as armed. Maybe if all they have is mace and a baton or flashlight. Like most security guards I’ve seen, they need a .45, a taser, a few tear gas grenades, a baton, and some brass knuckles. Private sector has so much more potential.

  • Eric

    The Small Arms Survey is essentially a statistics gathering organization funded by anti-liberty groups within and without the U.N. The Survey’s goals are not scientific but more legalistic: their goal is to gather evidence to support their position, and the Small Arms Survey position is the opposite of John Lott’s findings in his book, MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME (University of Chicago Press). The Survey’s philosophy is heavily influenced by such anti-gun groups as Oxfam, which professes the goal of universal civilian disarmament —a kind of political religion, which they have insistently attested will bring some type of illusionary “Millennium of Peace,” which, if they are successful, is likely to embolden future Hilters and Stalins. Ted Nugent and the N.R.A. are really doing their best to address this issue on many levels, but free people everywhere must recognize the disturbing “global governance” agenda of the U.N. and their powerful allies, who advocate their own rights (typically those of the Ultra-Rich and Top Tiers of the Government Power Structure) at the expense of everyone else. We live in perhaps one of the most dangerous times in history, and the arguments for centralized control and universal disarmament will likely increase in the name of “security.” To paraphrase the warning of our Founding Fathers, “Those who would trade Freedom for Security deserve and will get neither.”

  • Eric Webb

    The Small Arms Survey is essentially a statistics gathering organization funded by anti-liberty groups within and without the U.N. The Survey’s goals are not scientific but more legalistic: their goal is to gather evidence to support their position, and the Small Arms Survey position is the opposite of John Lott’s findings in his book, MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME (University of Chicago Press). The Survey’s philosophy is heavily influenced by such anti-gun groups as Oxfam, which professes the goal of universal civilian disarmament —a kind of political religion, which they have insistently attested will bring some type of illusionary “Millennium of Peace,” which, if they are successful, is likely to embolden future Hilters and Stalins. Ted Nugent and the N.R.A. are really doing their best to address this issue on many levels, but free people everywhere must recognize the disturbing “global governance” agenda of the U.N. and their powerful allies, who advocate their own rights (typically those of the Ultra-Rich and Top Tiers of the Government Power Structure) at the expense of everyone else. We live in perhaps one of the most dangerous times in history, and the arguments for centralized control and universal disarmament will likely increase in the name of “security.” To paraphrase the warning of our Founding Fathers, “Those who would trade Freedom for Security deserve and will get neither.”

  • Jeff

    See that last part… “But the Small Arms Survey released Wednesday said private guards carry only about one-seventh the number of firearms as law enforcement,” is actually the most important part. In all practicality an unarmed private security guard is as imposing as a meter maid. The gap in logic, from the lack in practical ability makes the point moot.