After 6 years of Obama (2014) , the official poverty rate was 14.8 percent. There were 46.7 million people in poverty. Neither the poverty rate nor the number of people in poverty were statistically different from the 2013 estimates. By 1965, the launch of the “War on Poverty,” only 13.9 percent of American families were officially classified as poor, down from 32 percent in 1947 and 18.5 percent in 1959. What brought it down so quickly the previous 15 years? A booming economy. Always works. But let's talk about guns . . . because 126 wealth transfer programs just haven't lived up to expectations.