Defensive gun uses

The Right Response #5

Defensive Gun Uses stop Criminal Violence and Massacres

**UPDATE**. Surveys made by the CDC years ago, in 1996, 1997 and 1998, indicate nearly 2.5 million defensive gun uses (DGUs) a year - but they were never made public. That number matches the results of Gary Kleck's ostensibly controversial survey, and these hitherto unpublished CDC surveys confirm far more crime-stopping defensive gun uses than offensive uses of guns. See Reason magazine: Defensive Gun Usage surveyed but not published by the CDC

Yet, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, Democrats and socialists continue to insist that even more restrictions on law-abiding citizens being able to defend themselves and their children will stop criminals murdering innocent citizens! Yet people - such as leading Democratic politicians - who use armed guards or have ever carried obviously don't believe this. It's simply not true.

1. American Mass Shootings

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Clarity that Throwing Lead rather than Books Stops a Killer
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Faced with mass murder in class, teachers are told to throw a book at the killer. We don't have to be physics majors to know:
lead would work much better!
There were 18 random mass shootings in the 1980s, 54 in the 1990s, and 87 random mass shootings in the 2000s. In 2012 - not a whole decade - there were 14 mass shootings in just one year (fourteen, that's not a typo), see Mass shootings continue to increase.

With the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990, introduced by Democrat Joe Biden and signed by Republican President Bush, teachers are defenseless. At Sandy Hook, it's reported that
the principal “lunged” at the killer. Yet suppose she’d been armed? How many children would still be alive today if she'd had a gun to defend them? Gun control advocates refuse to answer such difficult questions.

A 2002 study by the Centers for Disease Control examined firearms laws from all across the country and concluded gun bans are ineffective in thwarting violent criminals.

2. Defensive Gun Uses in America

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A defensive gun use is when you use a gun to defend yourself or your family against attack - a rapist, burglar, child molester, mugger, home invader etc... - whether you actually need to fire it or not. Most such incidents don't make the news and aren't recorded, the lowest estimate is 55 thousand uses per year.

US National Survey of Private Ownership of Firearms (NSPOF) study performed in 1994 found approximately 1.5 million defensive gun uses annually. Some estimates are even higher, as many as 2.4 million defensive uses per year.

Wikipedia reports around fourteen thousand US gun deaths per year, and some of those killed are the criminals themselves. That's over a hundred times fewer deaths than people saved by defensive gun uses, which can also save more than one life.

Even using the lowest 55,000 estimate, defensive gun uses save four times more lives than kill people. Unequivocal proof that guns stop much criminal mayhem and prevent countless murders.

3. Guns in Kennesaw Deter Violent Crime

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Kennesaw Gun Law Reduced Violent Crime by 89%
Kennesaw in Georgia passed a law in 1982 making gun ownership mandatory, and their violent crime rate dropped by 89 percent. Although their defensive gun uses are negligible, the guns in every home have also slashed property crime. CityRating report Kennesaw's violent crime rate as 85.16% lower than the US National Average in 2010, all the career criminals have left town!

According to the FBI, the
US National Average for violent crime in 2011 was 1,203,564 violent crimes and has only decreased by ten percent over the years, while property crime has increased.

Violent crime dramatically increased when guns were banned in UK. Australia experienced a 40% increase in assault and a 20% increase in sexual assault following their stricter gun laws. Although gun control advocates pretend that violent crime is caused rather than decreased by guns, violent crime has decreased across America. As gun ownership increased, US violent crime has decreased.

If Kennesaw's enormous 79% violent crime decrease from universal gun ownership law were extended across America, there'd be a million less violent crimes. Wider gun ownership makes criminals more cautious about their own safety, so they attack people less often.

4. The Hatchet Job on Kennesaw's Violent Crime Results

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Kennesaw's amazing drop in violent crime to just 11% of the US National Average has continued for more than thirty years. Yet in the gun controllers bible, authors Englander and Snell do their best to belittle Kennesaw's very impressive reduction in violent crime.

[see: Lies, deception and the truth on Kennesaw, the mendacious hatchet job by Englander and Snell.]

The "thoroughly updated" second edition of the supposedly unbiased "Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia" was published in 2012 while the first came out in 2002. But Englander and Snell continue using obsolete 1985 data on Kennesaw's crime rate rather than later data showing even less violent crime.

There are a dozen or more points detailing how their seemingly unbiased report is actually a deceitful, well-written, and highly misleadingly hatchet job. They ignore wide-spread findings that
criminals avoid houses when they know the occupants are armed to deceitfully conclude it's "difficult to gauge the long-term consequences of enforced gun ownership." Five pinocchios.

5. How Many Defensive Gun Uses are there?

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A New York Times article on defensive gun use (DGU) by Juliet Lapidos slams "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" as catchy. Since it was the NRA who report the professional criminologist's survey results, she dismisses the couple of million DGUs a year it found as bogus.

She believes the Violence Policy Center number of just 67,700 defensive gun uses a year - fifteen times smaller - to be accurate and pretends that DGUs are actually quite rare. But the VPC just regurgitates the dramatically under-reported Bureau of Justice Statistics numbers from their severely flawed report: Firearms Violence, 1993-2011. Severely flawed? Yes!

Respondents were told it's a Bureau of Justice survey and asked for their name and address. A DGU's legality can be questionable, depending on the location, so they were being asked to volunteer information about possibly illegal activities to the chief law enforcement agency of the United States. Need I say more?
The full report on the seriously flawed BOJ report is here.

The BOJ survey was designed to study crime, not to uncover defensive gun usage. How many potentially violent attacks are stopped by showing a gun yet are NOT counted? But since gun control advocates pretend that all DGUs are accurately measured by the authorities, they simply ignore all such inconvenient truths.

6. Defensive Gun Use at Colorado Universities

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Lots less crime with Colorado State's concealed carry than the University of Colorado gun ban
After Colorado passed a concealed carry law in 2003, the University of Colorado prohibited self-defense with a firearm, while Colorado State University decided to allow concealed carry. So there's a recent and valid comparison of gun law effectiveness in two identical environments in the same state at the same time.

The University of Colorado, under the gun ban they claimed was for safety, experienced a rapid increase in crime, while the guns at Colorado State caused a rapid decline. Crime at the gun-free University has risen 35 percent since 2004, while crime at concealed carry Colorado State dropped 60 percent.

At Colorado State, before concealed carry became legal in 2002, there were 47 reported sexual offenses, while there were just 2 in 2008. They saw a similar drop in virtually every crime category. Such evidence proves firearms in responsible hands deters both criminals as well as violent crime such as rape.

The Crime Prevention Research Center found
murder rates fall as the number of adults carrying concealed handguns increases. Defensive gun uses decrease since guns deter criminals from even attempting to commit violent crimes.

7. Guns also Deter Pirates

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Gun Free Zones at Colleges exacerbate Massacres
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Seven out of seven pirates prefer unarmed victims
The number of ship hijackings off the East coast of Africa has decreased in recent years. Why? Common sense has overcome the illogical aversion to defensive gun use, and many ships now carry armed guards.

As a result, piracy off the Somalia coast has dropped dramatically, from 49 in 2010, to 31 in 2011, and just a handful in 2012. "Pirates have never successfully hijacked a ship that had armed guards." says
the Expensive, Diminishing Threat of Somali Piracy report.

8. Your Next Step

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  • Slash the crime rate for your whole community
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Food for Thought

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"Over the last fifty years, with only one single exception [the assassination attempt on former US Representative Gabby Giffords], every single mass shooting event with more than four casualties has taken place in a place where guns were supposedly not allowed."

- Larry Correia, Utah Concealed Weapons instructor, military and law enforcement master trainer,
expert witness for the Utah State Legislature, elite firearms expert.

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