Defensive Gun Users stop both Gun Violence and Massacres
1. Defensive guns protect you, your children and your loved ones
Despite enormous evidence to the contrary, gun control advocates and Democrats continue to insist that even more restrictions on law-abiding citizens defending themselves and their family from violent criminals will stop criminal gun violence! Yet leading Democratic politicians who either carry or use armed guards obviously do NOT believe this. It's simply untrue.
Whenever a defensive gun is not fired and no one is injured, a Defensive Gun Use is not reported to the police, so the 2.16 million annual DGUs measure the enormous number of violent crimes stopped by defensive guns each year.
Each and every Defensive Gun Use shows the immense value of being armed and protected 24/7/365. With double the number of guns AND the big decrease in violent crime, how many DGUs are there nowadays?
**UPDATE**. Unpublished surveys made many years ago by the CDC indicate nearly 2.5 million Defensive Gun Uses a year. These surveys confirm the 2.16 million found by Professor Gary Kleck's ostensibly controversial survey, and so confirm that innocent people often defend themselves from violent crime with a gun, see Reason magazine reveals DGUs surveyed but not published by the CDC .
2. Most DGUs are NOT recorded in official statistics
A defensive gun use (DGU) is where you use a gun to defend yourself or your family against attack - a rapist, robber, mugger, home invader etc. - whether you actually need to fire it or not. Official statistics only count 100,000 or so DGUs in more recent non-anonymous NCVS crime surveys conducted by the Bureau of Justice.
But the vast majority of DGUs aren't recorded because the perp stops his attack once he sees his prey is armed, the gun isn't fired, no one is injured and since there's no serious crime to report, the police aren't informed.
Wikipedia reports 33,599 firearm-related US gun deaths per year, but gun suicides are two thirds (21,334) while drug wars and criminal shoot-outs cause many of the others. What about the ostensibly higher homicide rate in America than some disarmed European countries? It's BOGUS - caused by the exceptionally high murder rate in fanatical gun-control cities such as Chicago, New York, Washington, etc, etc… Remove all these cities’ gun deaths from the calculations and America's supposedly higher homicide rate vanishes!
3. Defensive Gun Uses in America
The amazingly low estimate of 55,000 DGUs per year (later revised to 116,000) in the National Crime Victim Survey (NCVS) , is no surprise. It stated outright that it was carried out by the Bureau of Justice and recorded respondents' names and addresses, as well as asked about crime in general rather than any direct questions about DGUs. Therefore its findings are some 97% lower than other more comprehensive studies including the 1990s CDC surveys. But they are a reasonable proxy for the number of DGUs actually reported to the police.
Back in 1995, the totally anonymous study of defensive gun usage at Florida State College of Criminology and Criminal Justice by Professors Kleck and Gertz found 2.16 million DGUs a year. With the increase in guns, modern estimates are even higher, over three million defensive uses per year. That's one person in a hundred using a gun in self-defense once a year.
After Colorado’s 2003 concealed carry law was enacted, the University of Colorado disarmed their students, while Colorado State University allowed them to concealed carry. Since the external factors are reasonably similar, their very different results maintained over 12 years give an eye-opening comparison of their effectiveness.
Colorado State which encouraged concealed carry enjoyed an immediate drop of 48% in violent crime (blue bars, from 30 in 2002 to 16 in 2003). But at the University of Colorado Boulder campus (brown bars), the publicity from the gun ban they claimed would increase safety increased violent crime by 10% instead.
The publicity at Colorado State achieved such a dramatic drop in rape and violent crime because it warned their violent criminals that their prey could be armed. If you're a violent criminal then knowing your prey may have a gun will make you think twice. Your fear of being injured discourages you from attack...
Four years later, the violent crime rate at the gun-free University of Colorado had risen by 21% and rape was up by 24%, while the guns at Colorado State had slashed violent crime by 87% and rape was down by a massive 88%. (results normalized per 100,000 students.)
Twelve years later, Colorado State with concealed carry had 9 violent crimes in 2014, down from 30 in 2002. They saw a similar drop in rape. These two universities' very different results demonstrate the immense value of defensive guns in protecting your family, your women and your children from violent criminals.
Kennesaw in Georgia encouraged their responsible citizens to be able to defend their families from violent criminals in 1982, and violent crime immediately plummeted by 74 percent. It also slashed property crime. Kennesaw's violent crime rate has been around a quarter of the US National Average for years, all their violent criminals feared being shot and injured and left town!
6. The Hatchet Job on Kennesaw's Violent Crime Results
Kennesaw's amazing drop in violent crime to a quarter of 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 their lies, deception and untruths here.
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 ways in which their seemingly unbiased report is actually a well-written but mendacious, highly misleading 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.
7. The Government's misleading low number of Defensive Gun Uses
A New York Times article on defensive gun use by Juliet Lapidos slams "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" as “catchy” while ignoring its rational truth. Since it was the NRA who report the professional criminologists' survey results, she demeaningly dismisses the couple of million DGUs a year it found as "bogus."
"Luxembourg, where handguns are totally banned and ownership of any kind of gun is minimal, had a murder rate nine times higher than Germany in 2002."
8. DGUs save money - lots of money
The US government study of the tangible costs of violent crime by the National Institute of Health found that violent crimes cost both citizens and society LOTS of money. The total cost for each robbery ($21,398) comprises the $13,827 Criminal Justice System Cost; the $4,272 Crime Career Cost; and the $3,299 Crime Victim Cost.
The study measured the total cost of each murder to society as $1,278,424; of each rape/sexual assault (legacy definition) as $41,247; of each robbery as $21,398; and of each aggravated assault as $19,537.
To estimate the savings of armed citizens thwarting attack by showing a gun, let's take the savings of each DGU as $20,000 (the lowest number rounded) and the Criminal Justice System Cost savings as $13,000. Therefore 3 million annual DGUs save the US Criminal Justice System around $40 billion with total savings to American citizens and society of $60 billion a year.
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.
Average deaths in a shooting rampage when stopped by police: 14.3. But average deaths when stopped by civilians: far less - just 2.3.
Concealed carry is entirely optional, so discourage violent criminals and terrorists from attacking your people. Encourage your qualified, law-abiding citizens to be able to defend themselves, their family and their property.
Despite media misunderstanding and misrepresentation, Discouraging Criminals by encouraging teachers and staff to be armed is neither mandatory nor compulsory gun ownership. It's your choice whether or not you want your children defended from a mentally disturbed school shooter.
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