August 4, 2018

Positivity: More People Use a Gun in Self-Defense Each Year Than Die in Car Accidents

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 6:49 pm

From the Daily Signal, a month ago:

July 06, 2018

… The U.S. Department of Justice investigated firearm violence from 1993 through 2011. The report found, “In 2007–2011, about 1 percent of nonfatal violent crime victims used a firearm in self-defense.” Anti-gun zealots attempt to use this statistic to discredit the use of a gun as a viable means of self-defense, and by extension, to discredit gun ownership in general.

But look deeper into the numbers. During that five-year period, the Department of Justice confirmed a total of 338,700 defensive gun uses in both violent attacks and property crimes where a victim was involved. That equals an average of 67,740 defensive gun uses every year. In other words, according to the Justice Department’s own statistics, 67,740 people a year don’t become victims because they own a gun. (I suspect that if more states allowed concealed carry to be widespread, the number of instances of defensive gun uses would be even higher.)

Is it significant that at least 67,740 individuals use a gun in self-defense each year? Well, in 2016, 37,461 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the United States; in 2015, the number was 35,092 people.

Go here for the full story.

As I noted in April, the Daily Signal missed the fact that the questionnaires involved only asked about self-defensive gun in the past six months. So the figures involved should be doubled, and the annual average is about 136,000.

For what it’s worth, the figures the Daily signal cites are miles below those presented by Florida State University professor Gary Kleck (2.5 million “defensive gun uses” per year) — or for that matter, those learned by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control during the late-1990s.

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