DGU Study Summary: 114 TO 2,378 GUNS USED FOR SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE USED FOR MURDER*
NCVS = 108,000 DGU's
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention = 498,000 in 1994
Kleck & Gertz = 2,500,000 DGU's in 1995
NSPOF unfiltered = 4.11% = 12,946,500 DGU's/5 years = 2,589,300 in 2012
NSPOF filtered = 1.71% = 5,386,500 DGU's/5 years = 1,077,300 in 2012
Journal of Quantitative Criminology = 989,883 in 2000
Sanity Check, 33% of convicts admit they were deterred by someone with a gun = 46,343,405 DGU's in 2012
Sanity Check, 66% of convicts admit they *know* a convict who was deterred by someone with a gun = 92,686,810 DGU's in 2012
How do we explain the 18 fold discrepancy (2.5 million for a police advocacy group vs. 46.3 million for a sanity check estimate) in the rate of gun usage for self defense? The obvious and admitted bias of the authors of studies like the NSPOF would explain such a large discrepancy, by itself. That, coupled with the tendency of the federal government to under-estimate crime rates as much as they over-estimate economic progress, coupled with political pressure by Democrats to portray minorities in a better light, would be enough to explain the entire discrepancy.
How do we explain the 23 fold discrepancy between the NCVS at only 108,000 DGU's and Kleck & Gertz at 2,500,00 DGU's? The NCVS estimates are ONLY for crimes reported to police. The Bureau of Justice Statistics itself estimates it to be only 1 out of every 12.
FOUR GUN ACCIDENTS FOR EACH ONE GUN USED FOR SELF DEFENSE, RUTH BADER GINSBURG
Let's examine the following Ruth Bader Ginsburg statement
"... [A]ccording to the committee, "[f]or every intruder stopped by a homeowner with a firearm, there are 4 gun-related accidents within the home."
In the ENTIRE country, there are a grand total 789 gun deaths, in and OUT of the home. If HALF of those were "in the home", then in the ENTIRE COUNTRY, there are a grand total of 395 accidental gun deaths "IN THE HOME".
Yet SHE expects US to believe that the number of "intruders stopped by a homeowner with a firearm" is ONE FOURTH of that, or a whopping 99 times IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY?
This doesn't even pass the stink test. Even the CDC counts 82,500 acts of self defense with a firearm, which is 835 TIMES Ruth's estimate. And the REAL, most likely number is more than 90 million, which is A MILLION TIMES higher than her estimate.
[upon reflection, we must be more precise in our just condemnation of this IDIOT. YES, she was referring to all gun accidents, not just gun deaths. It would be impossible for this *idiot* to know that residents of DC, as DUMB as they might appear to the REST of the world, are THIS much more accidental and suicidal than the rest of the country or world, so we will apply national statistics to DC.
15,968 non-fatal gun accidents per year
851 fatal gun accidents per year
16,819 total gun accidents per year
If we are to believe that we have a supreme court justice who can THINK, then we must believe that SHE thinks that, in the *ENTIRE* country, guns are used only 4,205 times EACH YEAR in self defense.
She has UTTERLY NO source for this, which is why she provided no cite!]
NINE ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE MURDER, According to the NCVS*
About three-fourths of the victims who used firearms for
self-defense did so during a crime of violence, 1987-92
Average annual number of victimizations
in which victims used firearms to defend
themselves or their property
Attacked Threatened Total offender offender
All crimes 82,500 30,600 51,900
Total violent crime 62,200 25,500 36,700
With injury 12,100 7,300 4,900
Without injury 50,000 18,200 31,800
Theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft 20,300 5,100 15,200
THIS IS FIVE ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE GUN ACCIDENT
NINETY FIVE ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE MURDER*
"A 1993 nationwide survey of 4,977 households found that over the previous five years, at least 3.5% of households had members who had used a gun 'for self-protection or for the protection of property at home, work, or elsewhere.' Applied to the U.S. population, this amounts to 1,029,615 such incidents per year. This figure excludes all 'military service, police work, or work as a security guard.'"
2013 Sanity check: 110,000,000 households x 3.5% = 3,850,000 over five years = 770,000 per year
THIS IS 61 ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE GUN ACCIDENT
FORTY FIVE [to 262] ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE MURDER*
A 1994 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 498,000 times per year. [Editor's note: AND that guns are used for self defense IN the home a total of 2,897,969 each year, and excludes ALL use of guns for self defense OUTSIDE of the home].
THIS IS 29 [to 167] ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE GUN ACCIDENT
"firearms are used more than
80 times more often to protect the lives of honest
citizens than to take lives"
THIS IS 53 ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE GUN ACCIDENT
NINETY ONE ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE MURDER *
Based on survey data from a 2000 study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, U.S. civilians use guns to defend themselves and others from crime at least 989,883 times per year.
Paper: �Measuring Civilian Defensive Firearm Use: A Methodological Experiment.� By David McDowall and others. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, March 2000.
THIS IS 59 ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE GUN ACCIDENT
DGU Study Summary: 114 ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE MURDER*
How do we explain the 23 fold discrepancy between the NCVS at only 108,000 DGU's and Kleck & Gertz at 2,500,00 DGU's? The NCVS estimates are ONLY for crimes reported to police. The Bureau of Justice Statistics itself estimates it to be only 1 out of every 12.
THIS IS 64 ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE GUN ACCIDENT
SANITY CHECK: 9,756 ACTS OF SELF DEFENSE FOR EACH ONE MURDER*
One out of every 12 crimes are reported to police.
3,248 per 100,000 population property crimes reported to the police
x 12 = 38,976 per 100,000 population total property crimes
x 315 million population = 122,774,400 total property crimes EACH YEAR
467.2 per 100,000 violent crimes reported to the police
x 12 = 5,606.4 per 100,000 total violent crimes
x 315 million population = 17,660,160 total violent crimes EACH YEAR
140,434,560 TOTAL crimes EACH YEAR
In numerous surveys, inmates claim that two thirds of the inmates they know were frustrated from committing a crime by someone with a gun.
A 1982 survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S. found:
� 34% had been �scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by
an armed victim�
� 40% had decided not to commit a crime because they �knew or believed that the victim was carrying a gun�
� 69% personally knew other criminals who had been �scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim�
Book: Armed and Considered Dangerous: A Survey of Felons and Their Firearms (Expanded Edition). By James D. Wright and Peter D. Rossi. Aldine De Gruyter, 1986 (Expanded edition published in 1994).
140,434,560 TOTAL crimes EACH YEAR x 0.66 =
92,686,810 uses of a gun EACH YEAR for self protection
Is it at all possible that guns are used 92,686,810 times EACH YEAR to prevent a crime, which would mean that guns are used 9,756 TIMES more often for self protection than they are to murder someone, AND that the NCVS study is off by 1,117 TIMES, AND that the filtered report from the police advocacy group is off by ONE HUNDRED TIMES?
92,686,810 uses of a gun EACH YEAR for self protection
It IS hard to imagine: BUT it also hard to imagine what those murder
figures would be WITHOUT those guns used for self protection!
It IS hard to imagine: BUT it also hard to imagine what those murder figures would be WITHOUT those guns used for self protection!
Why, this would mean the nation would have a m urder rate on par with the
nation's Murder Capital of the World capitol );
urder rate on par with the
nation's Murder Capital of the World capitol );
EXPONENTIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MURDER AND GUN OWNERSHIP
The relationship between gun ownership and murder rates is not linear, but
exponential: that is, as the number of guns per capita reaches zero, the
homicide rate increases exponentially. It's only after you understand this, that
you can understand why private ownership of almost one million guns in North
Dakota led to the nation's lowest homicide rate (0.2 in 1994), and private
ownership of only 22,000 guns in DC (where trigger locks reduced their efficacy
for self defense to less than ZERO) led to one of the WORLD'S highest murder
rates, at 82 per 100,000 population throughout the early 1990's. Extrapolating
this exponential curve indicates that we won't reach ZERO murders until we reach
2.8 guns per capita, a three fold increase from the current 0.86 guns per
This equation applies equally well across countries, once we understand that gun ownership numbers are hard to come by in some countries, as well as some cities. For example, the dramatic 37% plunge in the murder rate in DC within only 3 years of the Supreme Court tossing out the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, without there having been a dramatic increase in the number of guns there (on TOP of the fact that the existing 22,000 guns were finally made available for self defense). To fit this exponential curve, we must assume that gun ownership there increased 12 fold, from 0.037 per capita to 0.45.
COULD this have happened without the mainstream mass hysteria media having picked up on it? SURE. They still can't even bear to report the REASON for such a dramatic decrease in the murder rate in our nation's capitol in the first place, so they STILL can't even wrap their heads around why us White racists are screeching so loudly about OUR [not THEIR] Second Amendment rights.
Here are some other examples which fit the curve without any adjustment: the low murder rates in Plano, Tx. and Henderson, NV are explained by their actual rate of gun ownership of 1.12. Santa Ana's relatively high murder rate of 7.4 is explained by it's relatively low rate of gun ownership of .65. DC's record high murder rate of 82 in 1992 is explained by the fact that not even the 22,000 guns there could be used for self defense because of the unconstitutional gun control laws which persisted until 2009. North Dakota's lowest murder rate was .17 (rather than the rounded off 0.2 reported in the Statistical Abstract), which fits perfectly with its official gun owner ship rate of 1.7.
Colombia 0.08 61.1
New Orleans 0.12 51.7
St Louis 0.185 40.3
Detroit 0.19 40
Baltimore 0.21 37.3
Chicago 2012 0.36 22.2
DC 2012 0.45 15
Santa Ana 0.65 7.4
India 0.85 3
Plano, Tx 1.12 1.5
Henderson 1.13 1.49
Saudi Arabia 1.4 0.8
Switzerland 1.5 0.67
Here are some revealing adjustments which must be made internationally and nationally to fit the curve:
Where the official rate of gun ownership for the US is put at 0.9, our extraordinary murder rate indicates that it's actually only 0.74. That can be explained by our record number of gun control laws (22,000 of them), and more than 265,000 men imprisoned JUST for technical violations of those gun laws which were NOT used in a real crime. Once those laws are all tossed out, our murder rate ought to decrease to about 1.0, similar to what happened in DC when it plunged an amazing 94%. India's relatively low murder rate of 3.0 suggests that their rate of gun ownership should be 0.85 rather than only 0.034. Is this possible? Probably not, indicating that India doesn't experience the problems with multiculturalism that we do. Colombia, while it is the country which has one of the highest murder rates, at 61.1, has a lower murder rate than a dozen US cities have experienced. To fit it to the curve, we must INCREASE it's estimated gun ownership rate from 0.059 to 0.08. Is it possible that Colombians have 36% more privately owned firearms than their government estimate? It's PROBABLE.
In order to explain the 38% increase in the murder rate in Chicago from 16.1 to 22.2 in only 3 years [during which time the murder rate in the entire country plunged, and the rate in our nation's capitol plunged 37%], we must assume that efforts by Rahm to REDUCE private ownership of guns was a "success", and that he managed to reduce it from 0.43 to 0.36.
Total Gun Deaths
Homicides (any method)
2010: 16,2597 8
1999: 16,8897 9 10
1998: 14,2769 10
1997: 18,20811 10
2010: 5.277 10
2009: 5.487 8
1999: 6.057 9 10
1998: 5.199 10
2009: 11,4937 10
2002: 11,8297 13
1999: 10,8287 9
2011: 6,22015 16
2010: 6,11515 17 16
2006: 99717 16
Chicago, That Traveling Town
Blaming guns in Chicago for murder, as so many citizens of
Illinois do, is even more absurd than blaming windshield wipers or trees for
traffic deaths. Except that there's a closer correlation between windshield
wipers/trees and traffic deaths than there is between gun control laws and
reduced crime. They never seem to accept that they are living in one of the Murder
Capitals of the World where two thirds of the murders are committed by
everything BUT guns, and one third of them are NEVER solved. The police, instead
of solving THOUSANDS of unresolved murders, spend 80% of their time writing
traffic tickets. The already existing gun control laws not only FAILED, but they
left THOUSANDS without the ability to protect themselves from simple criminals,
imprisoned thousands of INNOCENT citizens whose only "crime" was to violate the
already complex labyrinth of gun laws, and BANKRUPTED the city.
The REAL criminals, the FEW criminals who need to be LOCKED UP, are the UTTERLY INSANE bureaucrats, elected officials, and police, who have such a lack of common sense (not to mention disdain for the blood spilt by our Founding Fathers when they enshrined the Second Amendment into law) that completely removing them from the landscape MUST cause the land to finally begin to heal. This invidious law cannot possibly solve a single thing. The authors of it CANNOT be sent to education camps or re-education camps because there is NOTING we can do to simply educate such people about SIMPLE things like this. They need to join Sandusky on his special retirement vacation, ALL of them.
"The odds of someone suffering an aggravated assault are
GREATER in Albuquerque*, Anchorage*, Baltimore, Boston*, Buffalo*, Corpus
Christi*, Detroit*, Houston*, Kansas City*, Las Vegas*, Memphis, Miami*,
Milwaukee*, Minneapolis*, Nashville*, Oakland, Oklahoma City*, Philadelphia*,
Sacramento*, St. Louis*, Stockton, Toledo*, Tulsa*, Washington, D.C., and
Wichita*, than they are here in Chicago."
It seems like you folks in Chicago are SO used to living with the *world's highest* crime rates, that when you fall to 7th place in the country (as you are in murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults), that you feel like you've accomplished something. But from the perspective of someone in Henderson where everyone has a rifle in his window, being one TENTH as likely as you to be murdered, and 1/7th as likely to be assaulted, raped, or robbed, you've gone BACKWARDS
We are told that the horror in Aurora was caused by a nut
who got all his weapons legally. And this is WITH 22,000 gun control laws which
NEVER could have identified him in the first place.
Horror in Aurora is proof positive that not a single one of the EXISTING 22,000 gun control laws worked, AND that it's mathematically impossible to design a new one which WILL work.
Of 270,000,000 guns in the country, 269,990,854 of them were NOT used in a homicide last year. There is NO mathematical process by which even ONE of the 0.0034% of all guns which were used in a homicide last year COULD have been identified ahead of time, and the odds of picking even ONE gun out of every 29,521 guns which were used to murder someone are VERY small.
In order for even ONE gun control law to be effective, you MUST prove that it can find at least ONE gun out of 29,521 which you KNOW will be used to murder someone NEXT YEAR. So now you've reduced the murder rate from 5.0 to 4.999677419354839. The odds that you can do that are one out of 29,521.
You want to reduce murders by TWO? Your odds of doing that are [1 in 29,521] x [1 in 25,521], which is one in 871,489,441 and all you would get is a reduction of the murder rate to 4.999354838709677.
Three? The odds of doing THAT are one in 25,727,239,787,761 and ALL you would get is a reduction in the murder rate to 4.999032258064516.
What even the NRA doesn't say (and what they OUGHT to be screaming from the rooftops) is that it's mathematically impossible to determine ahead of time which ONE of our 270 million guns will be used for a murder next year, and even IF you could it would have negligible effect on our murder or crime rates.
daplumber on Jul 29, 2012 at 18:45:14
"What does this have to do with anything? Those are well
known facts. OF COURSE a city with the population density of Chicago is going to
have a higher crime rate than Lincoln, Henderson, Honolulu, and Chandler! Where
did you cherry-pick those towns from? You could have equally referenced Des
Moines, Boise, Kennebunkport, and Akron. LOL!!"
What PLANET are you FROM? Population density CAUSES crime? Stick your head out the door. Chicago isn't even close to having a high population density, and this simple reference to Singapore, with a population density 30% higher than Chicago, and a murder rate two orders of magnitude LOWER, by itself proves your thesis completely wrong. Indian cities like Bangalore and Kolkata have population densities five TIMES greater than Chicago and murder rates 1/20th of Chicago. Paris, Athens, Brussels, Barcelona, Monaco, all have population densities ten TIMES greater than Chicago and almost NO crime, relatively. Macau, Seoul, and Taipei have population densities 4 or 5 times higher than Chicago and murder rates LESS than 1.0. Cairo has a population density SIX TIMES greater than Chicago, and a murder rate of 0.3. There are more than 100 cities around the world with MUCH higher population densities whose crime rates are ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE lower than Chicago.
Good news, eh? Neither guns nor population density CAUSE crime. So WHAT does?
I've looked at this closely and can confirm that wealth, poverty, or education have nothing to do with is. For example, poverty stricken Yemen is second on the list of private firearms ownership, with 54.8% of the citizens having firearms compared to 88.8% in the US. So it's interesting to note that it also has a lower murder rate than the US, AND that, of the top 75 US cities, only 11 of them had a lower murder rate than Yemen.AND, as you might expect, the murder rate in hyper-gun-control-Chicago is FOUR TIMES HIGHER, in gun depleted DC (less than 4% gun ownership) is SEVEN times higher, EIGHT TIMES higher in Detroit, NINE TIMES higher in Baltimore, ELEVEN TIMES higher in St. Louis, and 15 times higher than New Orleans. So while we constantly hear so much about what a bunch of terrorists there are in Yemen, there are ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE more terrorists in JUST the top 8 US cities, not even counting crime-ridden Chicago.
At 126 homicides per 100k,
South Africa, which also have VERY few guns, 12.7%
http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/south-africa is the only country with a
higher homicide rate than Colombia. 51 per 100k of those homicides were NOT by
guns, which would mean that *IF* "gun control laws" could somehow eliminate ALL
of the gun related homicides, they would STILL have one of the world's highest
homicide rates, 5.6 times higher than ours and 255 times higher than the
Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and North Dakota.
100% of the homicides in Switzerland, where "the right to private gun ownership is guaranteed by law42", and who at 45.7% ranks third in the world in gun ownership per household, are by firearms. Switzerland also has one of the lowest homicide rates in the world, at 0.67 per 100k.
Japan, where private ownership of guns is outlawed and where less than 0.6% of households have guns, the gun homicide rate, as expected, is VERY low, at 0.02%. BUT, their overall homicide rate of 0.6 is 30 TIMES higher than their gun homicide rate. If "gun control laws" could eliminate all gun related homicides, the homicide rate in Japan would decrease by only 3.3%
In Saudi Arabia, a country with a homicide rate about as low as Switzerland, at 0.8, private ownership of guns is 35%. It's clearly the presence of so many guns which can be used to protect private property and lives which leads to the relatively low murder rates in Switzerland and Saudi Arabia.
The utterly lowest rate of gun ownership is India at 3.4% where you would expect the gun homicide rate to be low, which it is, at 0.5 per 100k. BUT, the overall homicide rate in India is 3.0, which means that 83% of the homicides in India were committed by every weapon BUT guns. *IF* "gun control laws" could completely eliminate all those gun related homicides, the homicide rate in India would STILL be 2.5, which is STILL be 12 TIMES higher than the Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and North Dakota.
269,990,854 of 270,000,000 Private Firearms were NOT Used in a Homicide
The US has 270 million privately held firearms. Of those, last year, 789 of them
or 0.00029% of them caused an accidental gun death, and 9,146 or 0.0034% were
used in a homicide. This means that 269,999,211 of these guns did NOT cause an
accidental death, and 269,990,854 of them were NOT used in a homicide, and
269,999,800 or 0.9999992592592593% of them were not assault weapons which were
used to kill anyone or in mass murder. By
comparison, the state has issued 209,618,000 drivers licenses which EACH YEAR
cause 10,800,100 accidents and 35,910 deaths:
9,935 gun deaths / 270,000,000 = 3.7 deaths per 100,000 guns
200 assault weapons deaths/270,000,000 = 0.07
assault weapon deaths per 100,000 guns
35,910 auto deaths / 209,618,000 drivers license = 17.1 deaths per 100,000 drivers licenses
40% of the homicides in the US are committed by every means BUT guns, so *IF*
"gun control laws" could completely eliminate all gun related homicides
and if those who were denied guns were unable to commit murder by some other
[which of course is mathematically impossible], the US
would STILL have a homicide rate 12 TIMES higher than the Republic of Ireland,
Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and North Dakota.
Clearly guns are not the problem.
With One Million Guns in North Dakota, TWO
People were Murdered: BY KNIVES
North Dakota, with a population equivalent to Washington, DC, had TWO murders last year [compared to 482 in DC in 1991]. There are 306,735 gun owners in North Dakota compared to only 22,914 in DC. If each gun owner in North Dakota has three guns, then there are about one million guns there. Yet NONE of the one million guns in North Dakota were used to murder someone, because both murder victims there were STABBED.
Conversely, firearms were
used in 161 of the murders in DC AND firearms were NOT used in 321 of those
murders, which means you were twice as likely to be murdered in DC by any means
POINT ONE: none of the one million guns in North Dakota were used by criminals, but MANY of them were used BY law-abiding citizen to keep it handy to be used legally for self-defense.
POINT TWO: guns were NOT used in MOST of the murders [two thirds of them] in DC, where you were twice as likely to be murdered in some OTHER way than by a gun [and four HUNDRED times as likely to be murdered as in Singapore].
POINT THREE: the evidence indicates that if DC had had MORE guns, there would have been MORE guns used for self defense, and there would have been FEWER MURDERS.
In order to make a comparison, however, between the use of firearms to murder someone, let's compare the RATE in North Dakota in 2005 [so we don't divide by zero] when ONE gun was used in ONE murder [1 murder / 1,000,000 guns = 0.1 murders per 100,000 guns ] to the RATE in DC [161 gun murders / 22,914 guns = 703 murders per 100,000 guns]. Even if we assume that each gun owner in DC owns three guns, this is still only 68,742 guns, or a rate of 234 murders per gun.
Are guns manufactured or sold in Washington, DC, REALLY 2,340 TIMES more deadly than those in North Dakota? Why? Clearly there's another factor involved, and that factor is NOT guns.
It was a DEMOCRAT politician
who actually ADMITTED in the MSM that less than 200 of the 9,146 guns
used each year to murder someone were "assault" weapons. And that's WITH more
than 22,000 existing gun control laws which clearly CANNOT work. And even IF
they could work 100%, that would reduce gun deaths a mere 2.2%.
Which of these 22,000 laws do shooters who use assault weapons actually OBEY? If there were NO gun control laws, is it even possible that there would be FEWER gun deaths by ALL guns?
Wouldn't it be more effective to REPEAL all those gun control laws and replace them with 22,000 liberal control laws? I'd sure feel safer is the Piers Morgan's of the world were all locked up in Alcatraz rather than be allowed to continue to publicly blab their mouths about how stupid our Founding Fathers were to include the right to own firearms in the Second Amendment. Isn't this equivalent to shouting "fire" in a crowded theater: or even WORSE?
Exactly what are the dynamics of strict gun control laws? We don't need to look any further than the windows our congressmen peer out of every day in Washington, DC, many years ranked as the Murder Capital of the World even WITH the strictest gun control laws.
How effective were these laws? We can learn five important lessons from DC's experience (and FAILURE) with strict gun control laws:
1) Even with strict gun control laws and relatively few privately owned firearms, DC STILL had a murder rate 400 TIMES greater than states, cities, and countries with MANY guns and few if any gun control laws.
2) IF all else is equal (which of course it is not in our nation's capitol) the fact that two thirds of these 482 murders involved everything BUT guns is proof positive enough murderers can kill enough people to attain a murder rate of 55 per 100k WITHOUT a single gun.
3) The fact that one third of the murders DID involve guns is proof positive that no type of gun control law can prevent CRIMINALS from getting guns by stealing, finding, buying illegally, or even buying them legally.
4) Immediately AFTER the Supreme Court ruled that DC's gun control laws (which actually PREVENTED these guns from being used effectively for self defense) were unconstitutional, the murder rate dropped 33%.
5) The biggest factor in the
80% plunge in the murder rate in DC, though, was the plunge in the percent of Blacks, from
82% to "less than 50%" today.
The liberals MUST show us how
or where ANY gun control law EVER worked, EVER saved a SINGLE life, or EVER was
justified (and I mean justified to such a degree that we should allow ANY
infringement of the Second Amendment). It is NOT sufficient that they just whine
that we need more gun control laws BECAUSE of Sandy Hook WITHOUT PROOF that ANY
will or can or *might* prevent a recurrence: they know this is impossible on its
HOW can they PROVE in advance that ANY method (gun registration, medical history, police records, criminal history, felony convictions, etc.) can be SURE that even ONE life will be saved by even ONE gun law? THEY CANNOT.
Gun Ownership by State
In 2001 the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in North Carolina surveyed 201,881 respondents nationwide, asking them, "Are any firearms now kept in or around your home? Include those kept in a garage, outdoor storage area, car, truck, or other motor vehicle." Here are the results.
* These states have Child Access Prevention Laws.
Related story: In Harm's Way: Guns and Kids (Post, May
|1. Wyoming - 59.7%|
|2. Alaska - 57.8%|
|3. Montana - 57.7%|
|4. South Dakota - 56.6%|
|5. West Virginia - 55.4%|
|6. Mississippi - 55.3%|
|6. Idaho - 55.3%|
|6. Arkansas - 55.3%|
|9. Alabama - 51.7%|
|10. North Dakota - 50.7%|
|11. Kentucky - 47.7%|
|12. Wisconsin - 44.4% (Battleground state. See Wisconsin in 2012 Elections.)|
|13. Louisiana - 44.1%|
|14. Utah - 43.9%|
|14. Tennessee - 43.9%|
|16. Oklahoma - 42.9%|
|16. Iowa - 42.9% (Battleground state. See Iowa in 2012 Elections.)|
|18. South Carolina - 42.3%|
|19. Kansas - 42.1%|
|20. Vermont - 42.0%|
|21. Missouri - 41.7% (Battleground state. See Missouri in 2012 Elections.)|
|21. Minnesota - 41.7%|
|23. North Carolina - 41.3% (Battleground state. See North Carolina in 2012 Elections.)|
|24. Maine - 40.5%|
|25. Georgia - 40.3%|
|26. Oregon - 39.8%|
|27. Indiana - 39.1%|
|28. Nebraska - 38.6%|
|29. Michigan - 38.4% (Battleground state. See Michigan in 2012 Elections.)|
|30. Texas - 35.9%|
|31. Virginia - 35.1% (Battleground state. See Virginia in 2012 Elections.)|
|32. New Mexico - 34.8% (Battleground state. See New Mexico in 2012 Elections.)|
|33. Colorado - 34.7% (Battleground state. See Colorado in 2012 Elections.)|
|33. Pennsylvania - 34.7% (Battleground state. See Pennsylvania in 2012 Elections.)|
|35. Nevada - 33.8% (Battleground state. See Nevada in 2012 Elections.)|
|36. Washington - 33.1%|
|37. Ohio - 32.4% (Battleground state. See Ohio in 2012 Elections.)|
|38. Arizona - 31.1% (Battleground state. See Arizona in 2012 Elections.)|
|39. New Hampshire - 30.0% (Battleground state. See New Hampshire in 2012 Elections.)|
|40. Delaware - 25.5%|
|41. Florida - 24.5% (Battleground state. See Florida in 2012 Elections.)|
|42. California - 21.3%|
|42. Maryland - 21.3%|
|44. Illinois - 20.2%|
|45. New York - 18%|
|46. Connecticut - 16.7%|
|47. Rhode Island - 12.8%|
|48. Massachusetts - 12.6%|
|49. New Jersey - 12.3%|
|50. Hawaii - 6.7%|
Murder Rate per 100,000 Population
1 New Orleans, LA 63.6
2 St. Louis, MO 46.9
3 Baltimore, MD 36.9
4 Detroit, MI 33.8
5 Washington, DC 31.4
6 Chicago, IL 28.8
7 Oakland, CA 28.6
8 Kansas City, MO 25.5
9 Newark, NJ 23.9
10 Cleveland, OH 23.5
11 Pittsburgh, PA 23.2
12 Philadelphia, PA 23.0
13 Cincinnati, OH 21.9
14 Memphis, TN 20.5
15 Atlanta, GA 19.7
16 Mobile, AL \3 16.7
17 Miami, FL 14.7
18 Columbus, OH 14.5
19 Jacksonville, FL 14.3
20 Indianapolis, IN 14.1
21 Buffalo, NY 13.7
22 Dallas, TX 13.3
23 Houston, TX 13.1
24 Tulsa, OK 13.1
25 Nashville, TN 12.6
26 Tucson, AZ 12.3
27 San Francisco, CA 12.3
28 Milwaukee, WI 11.8
29 Louisville Metro, KY 11.3
30 Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD, NC 10.9
31 Phoenix, AZ 10.5
32 Sacramento, CA 10.5
33 Oklahoma City, OK 10.3
34 Boston, MA 10.3
35 Omaha, NE 10.1
36 Los Angeles, CA 10.0
37 Fort Wayne, IN 10.0
38 Minneapolis, MN 9.8
39 Las Vegas MPD, NV 8.9
40 Santa Ana, CA 8.8
41 Raleigh, NC 8.7
42 San Antonio, TX 8.6
43 Long Beach, CA 8.6
44 Fresno, CA 8.4
45 Wichita, KS 8.3�
46 Stockton, CA 8.2
47 Tampa, FL 8.0
48 Bakersfield, CA 7.7
49 Albuquerque, NM 7.2
50 Fort Worth, TX 7.0
51 Denver, CO 6.7
52 Corpus Christi, TX 6.6
53 Glendale, AZ 6.6
54 St. Paul, MN 6.5
55 Riverside, CA 6.3
56 Colorado Springs, CO 6.3
57 New York, NY 6.3
58 Arlington, TX 6.1
59 Aurora, CO 5.7
60 Toledo, OH 5.7
61 Seattle, WA 4.8
62 Portland, OR 4.7
63 San Diego, CA 4.3
64 Lexington, KY 4.3
65 Anchorage, AK 3.6
66 Mesa, AZ 3.5
67 Anaheim, CA 3.3
68 San Jose, CA 3.3
69 Virginia Beach, VA 3.2
70 Austin, TX 3.1
71 El Paso, TX 2.8
72 Plano, TX 2.6
73 Chandler, AZ 2.4
74 Honolulu, HI 2.0
75 Henderson, NV 2.0
76 Lincoln, NE 1.6�
Columbians Have Only 5 Guns Per 100 Residents
Of 23.8 million prosecutions in the world, 14.2 million or 60% of them are in the US
Note to Sheriff
John Pelle in Boulder: I hope you remember when Mike Hingle and I
visited your office two years
We need to write Sheriff Mattis and thank him and the other co-plaintiffs for standing up for our American birthrights!!!
Janet Lee and Jim Meisinger
of Suzanna Hupt Dressing Down Congress for Gun Control!
Suzanna Hupt Dressing Down Congress for Gun Control!
The Gun is Civilization
by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)
Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and
If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either
convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under
of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories,
without exception. Reason or force, that's it.
In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact
persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social
and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.
When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use
reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.
The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on
footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.
There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad
equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a [armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.
People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the
young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a
civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a
living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.
Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal
that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is
fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are
won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.
People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute
force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it
with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.
The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an
octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.
When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight,
but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means
cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid.. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation...and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act.
So the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally
and can only be persuaded, never forced.
From: James W. von Brunn
Here's one the mainstream media isn't going to tell you:
County sheriffs in
Guess what? The
District Court ruled in favor of the sheriffs. In fact, they
'If a sheriff
doesn't want the Feds in his county he has the constitutional
right and power to keep them out, or ask them to leave, or
retain them in custody.' 'I am reacting in response to the
actions of federal
employees who have attempted to deprive
citizens of my county of their privacy, their liberty, and
their property without regard to constitutional safeguards. I
hope that more sheriffs all across
But it gets even better. Since the judge stated that the sheriff
'has law enforcement powers EXCEEDING that of any other state OR
federal official,' the
sheriffs are also demanding that federal agencies immediately cease
the seizure of private property and the impoundment of private
bank accounts without regard to due process in
Der gr��te Unsinn, den man in den besetzen Ostgebieten
machen k�nnte, "...
surveys imply that private firearms may be used in self-defense up to two and a
half million times each year, with 400,000 of these
defenders believing that using the gun 'almost certainly' saved a life",
Professor John Lott (This
is 6,849 acts of self defense and 1,096 lives per DAY) BY FAR, the
biggest threat to the Second Amendment is not jews, not our wayward politicians,
not the out of control news media, not our schools--BUT THE WOMAN VOTER! IMAGINE that, in this age of enlightenment, with the internet,
and public libraries all OVER the place, with ponderous tv and radio and
magazines and newspapers, with the ABILITY to comprehend the Founding Fathers
intent with the Second Amendment RIGHT AT THEIR FINGERTIPS, that more women
(39%) support even more FAILED "gun control" than oppose it (only 36%). Marine Corps General
Reinwald was interviewed on the radio the other day and you'll love his reply
to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and Children. Regardless of how
you feel about gun laws you gotta love this!!!! This is one of the
best comeback lines of all time. It is a portion of National Public Radio (NPR)
interview between a female broadcaster and US Marine Corps General Reinwald who
was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military installation. FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
So, General Reinwald, what things are you going to teach these young boys when
they visit your base? GENERAL REINWALD:
We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting. FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it? GENERAL REINWALD: I
don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range. FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching
children? GENERAL REINWALD: I
don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they
even touch a firearm. FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
But you're equipping them to become violent killers. GENERAL REINWALD:
Well, Ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you? The radio went silent
and the interview ended. You gotta love the Marines! Before even one
gun control law was passed, the homicide rate in the
US in 1957 was 4 per 100,000 population, but by 1993, after 22,000 gun control laws
had been passed, it had increased 2.3 fold to 9.5. There were an extra
14,087 homicides in 1993 alone due just to this increased homicide rate.
Had the US homicide rate just remained at its already high level in 1957 (four
times higher than it was in 1902), there would have been more than 380,000
fewer homicides since then, which is an average of 17 additional
homicides per gun control law. If it cannot be proven that other factors
caused this skyrocketing crime spree, then we have incontrovertible evidence
that each new gun control law was responsible for killing 17 additional
American citizens, and that the sponsors of these
laws are some of the worst traitors to the United States Constitution in our
short history. Not only are these gun control laws unpopular, expensive,
unconstitutional, and dangerous, but they're KILLING Americans at a rate 126
TIMES greater than the Muslim terrorists our government
proposes to spend tens of billions of dollars to punish. Let's save
billions of dollars and thousands of American lives by tracking down,
investigating, and punishing these traitors to the US Constitution, so that we
can discover once and for all why they were so willing and anxious to put so
many American lives at risk. Let's open this issue up to public debate in
such a way that we don't ever make such mistakes again. Let's put the
teeth back in the US Constitution by imprisoning those who would overthrow it
so readily and easily.
sei der, den unterworfenen V�lkern Waffen zu geben. Die Geschichte
lehre, da� alle Herrenv�lker untergegangen seien, nachdem sie den von
ihnen unterworfenen Volkern Waffen bewilligt hatten.
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the
conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all
conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have
prepared their own downfall by doing so."
-- Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942
Der gr��te Unsinn, den man in den besetzen Ostgebieten
"... surveys imply that private firearms may be used in self-defense up to two and a half million times each year, with 400,000 of these defenders believing that using the gun 'almost certainly' saved a life", Professor John Lott
(This is 6,849 acts of self defense and 1,096 lives per DAY)
BY FAR, the biggest threat to the Second Amendment is not jews, not our wayward politicians, not the out of control news media, not our schools--BUT THE WOMAN VOTER!
IMAGINE that, in this age of enlightenment, with the internet, and public libraries all OVER the place, with ponderous tv and radio and magazines and newspapers, with the ABILITY to comprehend the Founding Fathers intent with the Second Amendment RIGHT AT THEIR FINGERTIPS, that more women (39%) support even more FAILED "gun control" than oppose it (only 36%).
Marine Corps General Reinwald was interviewed on the radio the other day and you'll love his reply to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and Children. Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you gotta love this!!!!
This is one of the best comeback lines of all time. It is a portion of National Public Radio (NPR) interview between a female broadcaster and US Marine Corps General Reinwald who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military installation.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Reinwald, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?
GENERAL REINWALD: We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?
GENERAL REINWALD: I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?
GENERAL REINWALD: I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: But you're equipping them to become violent killers.
GENERAL REINWALD: Well, Ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?
The radio went silent and the interview ended. You gotta love the Marines!
Before even one gun control law was passed, the homicide rate in the US in 1957 was 4 per 100,000 population, but by 1993, after 22,000 gun control laws had been passed, it had increased 2.3 fold to 9.5. There were an extra 14,087 homicides in 1993 alone due just to this increased homicide rate. Had the US homicide rate just remained at its already high level in 1957 (four times higher than it was in 1902), there would have been more than 380,000 fewer homicides since then, which is an average of 17 additional homicides per gun control law. If it cannot be proven that other factors caused this skyrocketing crime spree, then we have incontrovertible evidence that each new gun control law was responsible for killing 17 additional American citizens, and that the sponsors of these laws are some of the worst traitors to the United States Constitution in our short history. Not only are these gun control laws unpopular, expensive, unconstitutional, and dangerous, but they're KILLING Americans at a rate 126 TIMES greater than the Muslim terrorists our government proposes to spend tens of billions of dollars to punish.
Let's save billions of dollars and thousands of American lives by tracking down, investigating, and punishing these traitors to the US Constitution, so that we can discover once and for all why they were so willing and anxious to put so many American lives at risk. Let's open this issue up to public debate in such a way that we don't ever make such mistakes again. Let's put the teeth back in the US Constitution by imprisoning those who would overthrow it so readily and easily.
Who makes up this minority group that opposes the Second Amendment, and why does OUR government ingore we the people in favor of them?
176,000 Americans are in prison right now for violating our 22,000 gun control laws.
The Constitutional right to bear arms is threatened by female voters.
Private ownership of firearms prevented Japan from attacking the US.
Pro gun-control articles in the mainstream media exceed anti gun-control articles by 10 to 50 times.
Three quarters of the mainstream media is owned or controlled by Jews.
Countries with stricter gun control laws have suicide rates between 2-3 times higher than the US.
More than 124 million citizens in countries with gun control laws were killed by their own governments in the 20th century alone, many after Jews succeeded in implementing gun control in those countries.
The child fatality rate of an SMH is 364 times higher than that of a firearm.
School busses are 369 times as dangerous to children than guns.
The US SUICIDE rate increased at the SAME time that 22,000 unconstitutional gun control laws were passed.
Firearm ownership reduces burglaries ten-fold.
Gun control in Australia increased homicides by 3.2%.
The failure of peer review of gun fatalities http://teapot.usask.ca/cdn-firearms/Suter/med-lit.html
Guns reduce crime.
The real reason for the Second Amendment.
Kids defend themselves with guns.
Prosecutor has no response in debate with John Lott.
Tom Clancy on guns.
Senator Tom McClintock on the vision of our Forefathers and the STUPID Sheila Kuehl.
The CDC finds gun control laws don't work.
Death by government.
How to protect your money.
Links to other gun scholars http://www.gunscholar.org/
FINALLY, Ohio court upholds gun rights.
GUNS & WOMEN VOTERS
The Nineteenth Amendment is a threat to the U. S. Constitution:
From the Gallup Organization http://www.gallup.com/poll/releases/pr990423.asp "Women Particularly Critical of Role of Guns--Women are substantially more likely than men to cite the availability of guns as a significant factor contributing to school shootings. Women are also more likely to express confidence that stricter gun laws for teenagers would be a very effective preventive solution. Only 47% of men, compared to 73% of women, blame gun availability "a great deal" for causing U.S. school shootings like the one in Littleton-a 26-percentage-point difference. Similarly, just 53% of men compared to 70% of women think stricter gun laws would be very effective-a 17-point difference".
Without the female vote, the Constitutional right to bear arms would not be threatened. Because women are 11% more of the vote than men, 60.7% of the voters would vote to "infringe" on the right to bear arms. However, it requires support by two thirds of the voters to amend the constitution:
"The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both houses shall deem it
necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution, or on the
application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states"
By passing a law which INFRINGES on the right to bear arms, without the required amendment to the Constitution necessary to repeal the Second Amendment, Congress is committing treason against the Constitution by violating their following oath http://thomas.loc.gov/
The SPEAKER. Will the Members who were not sworn in on opening day kindly come to the well of the House and take the oath of office at this time.
Messrs. Mollohan, Hoyer, Stark and Gallegly appeared at the bar of the House and took the oath of office , as follows:
Do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office in which you are about to enter. So help you God.
The SPEAKER. Congratulations. You are now Members of the 106th Congress This does not give Congress the authority to react emotionally to the female voter every time there is a national calamity. It does not give them the authority to abandon the Constitution nor its Amendments. It does not give them the authority to ignore the basic law of the land. It does not give them the authority to pass any law at any time.
It gives Congress only the *responsibility* to uphold the EXISTING Constitution OR to ratify it by following a specific easy to understand procedure.
Until Congress removes the Second Amendment from the Constitution, they cannot "infringe" on ownership of "arms" of ANY kind.
GUNS & GUN CONTROL NUTS
Twenty Dumb Things You Must Believe to be a Gun Control Nut
GUNS & CRIME PREVENTION
More Interesting Data on Guns
GUNS & CHILD DEATHS
It's questionable that even a 50% reduction in the number of guns, from 230 million to 115 million, is either possible or would have any impact at all on the rate at which children die from guns. On the other hand, voluminous data shows that eliminating SMHs would both reduce the rate at which children die from 36.4 to 0.62, and reduce the rate at which they die by guns from 5.24 to 0.62. This would save 9,607 children's lives each year. The proper method for reducing child deaths, accidental or murder, is to implement laws which reduce the number of SMHs. Outlawing guns which are less dangerous and subjecting citizens to egregious acts by government not only violates the Constitution, but it puts American citizens at as serious a risk as the following citizens, who also didn't have guns
GUNS & DEATH BY GOVERNMENT
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Government's phobic preoccupation with firearms is an inadequate and ineffective response to the grave social problem of suicide.
Still believe in "gun control"? You won't after you read this.
A LITTLE GUN
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about
20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million
Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of
13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were
rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million
political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded
up and exterminated
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000
Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded
up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000
Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million
educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were
rounded up and exterminated.
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century
because of gun control: 56 million.
It has now been over 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by
new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be
destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers
more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are
List of 7 items:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent Australia-wide, armed
robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300
percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in,
the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in
armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically
upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that
their prey is unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the
ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain
how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and
expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society
of guns The Australian experience and the other historical facts above
You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians
disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes,
gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control,
please remind them of this history lesson.
With guns, we are 'citizens'.
Without them, we are 'subjects'.
During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew
most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, Please spread this anti-gun
control message to all of your friends.
Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives
Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives
A. Guns save more lives than they take; prevent more injuries than they inflict
* Guns used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year -- or about 6,850 times a day.1 This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.2
* Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.3
* As many as 200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse.4
* Even anti-gun Clinton researchers concede that guns are used 1.5 million times annually for self-defense. According to the Clinton Justice Department, there are as many as 1.5 million cases of self-defense every year. The National Institute of Justice published this figure in 1997 as part of "Guns in America" -- a study which was authored by noted anti-gun criminologists Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig.5
* Armed citizens kill more crooks than do the police. Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606).6 And readers of Newsweek learned that "only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The 'error rate' for the police, however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high."7
* Handguns are the weapon of choice for self-defense. Citizens use handguns to protect themselves over 1.9 million times a year.8 Many of these self-defense handguns could be labeled as "Saturday Night Specials."
B. Concealed carry laws help reduce crime
* Nationwide: one-half million self-defense uses. Every year, as many as one-half million citizens defend themselves with a firearm away from home.9
* Concealed carry laws are dropping crime rates across the country. A comprehensive national study determined in 1996 that violent crime fell after states made it legal to carry concealed firearms. The results of the study showed:* States which passed concealed carry laws reduced their murder rate by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7% and robbery by 3%;10 and* If those states not having concealed carry laws had adopted such laws in 1992, then approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults and over 11,000 robberies would have been avoided yearly.11
* Vermont: one of the safest five states in the country. In Vermont, citizens can carry a firearm without getting permission... without paying a fee... or without going through any kind of government-imposed waiting period. And yet for ten years in a row, Vermont has remained one of the top-five, safest states in the union -- having three times received the "Safest State Award."12
* Florida: concealed carry helps slash the murder rates in the state. In the fifteen years following the passage of Florida's concealed carry law in 1987, over 800,000 permits to carry firearms were issued to people in the state.13 FBI reports show that the homicide rate in Florida, which in 1987 was much higher than the national average, fell 52% during that 15-year period -- thus putting the Florida rate below the national average. 14
* Do firearms carry laws result in chaos? No. Consider the case of Florida. A citizen in the Sunshine State is far more likely to be attacked by an alligator than to be assaulted by a concealed carry holder.1. During the first fifteen years that the Florida law was in effect, alligator attacks outpaced the number of crimes committed by carry holders by a 229 to 155 margin.2. And even the 155 "crimes" committed by concealed carry permit holders are somewhat misleading as most of these infractions resulted from Floridians who accidentally carried their firearms into restricted areas, such as an airport.15
C. Criminals avoid armed citizens
* Kennesaw, GA. In 1982, this suburb of Atlanta passed a law requiring heads of households to keep at least one firearm in the house. The residential burglary rate subsequently dropped 89% in Kennesaw, compared to the modest 10.4% drop in Georgia as a whole.16
* Ten years later (1991), the residential burglary rate in Kennesaw was still 72% lower than it had been in 1981, before the law was passed.17
* Nationwide. Statistical comparisons with other countries show that burglars in the United States are far less apt to enter an occupied home than their foreign counterparts who live in countries where fewer civilians own firearms. Consider the following rates showing how often a homeowner is present when a burglar strikes:
* Homeowner occupancy rate in the gun control countries of Great Britain, Canada and Netherlands: 45% (average of the three countries); and,
* Homeowner occupancy rate in the United States: 12.7%.18
Rapes averted when women carry or use firearms for protection* Orlando, FL. In 1966-67, the media highly publicized a safety course which taught Orlando women how to use guns. The result: Orlando's rape rate dropped 88% in 1967, whereas the rape rate remained constant in the rest of Florida and the nation.19* Nationwide. In 1979, the Carter Justice Department found that of more than 32,000 attempted rapes, 32% were actually committed. But when a woman was armed with a gun or knife, only 3% of the attempted rapes were actually successful.20Justice Department study:* 3/5 of felons polled agreed that "a criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun."21* 74% of felons polled agreed that "one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot during the crime."22* 57% of felons polled agreed that "criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police."23
Dr. Kleck is a professor in the school of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He has researched extensively and published several essays on the gun control issue. His book, Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, has become a widely cited source in the gun control debate. In fact, this book earned Dr. Kleck the prestigious American Society of Criminology Michael J. Hindelang award for 1993. This award is given for the book published in the past two to three years that makes the most outstanding contribution to criminology.
Even those who don't like the conclusions Dr. Kleck reaches, cannot argue with his impeccable research and methodology. In "A Tribute to a View I Have Opposed," Marvin E. Wolfgang writes that, "What troubles me is the article by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz. The reason I am troubled is that they have provided an almost clear-cut case of methodologically sound research in support of something I have theoretically opposed for years, namely, the use of a gun in defense against a criminal perpetrator.... I have to admit my admiration for the care and caution expressed in this article and this research. Can it be true that about two million instances occur each year in which a gun was used as a defensive measure against crime? It is hard to believe. Yet, it is hard to challenge the data collected. We do not have contrary evidence." Wolfgang, "A Tribute to a View I Have Opposed," The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, at 188.
Wolfgang says there is no "contrary evidence." Indeed, there are more than a dozen national polls -- one of which was conducted by The Los Angeles Times -- that have found figures comparable to the Kleck-Gertz study. Even the Clinton Justice Department (through the National Institute of Justice) found there were as many as 1.5 million defensive users of firearms every year. See National Institute of Justice, "Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms," Research in Brief (May 1997).
As for Dr. Kleck, readers of his materials may be interested to know that he is a member of the ACLU, Amnesty International USA, and Common Cause. He is not and has never been a member of or contributor to any advocacy group on either side of the gun control debate.
2 According to the National Safety Council, the total number of gun deaths (by accidents, suicides and homicides) account for less than 30,000 deaths per year. See Injury Facts, published yearly by the National Safety Council, Itasca, Illinois.
3Kleck and Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime," at 173, 185.
4Kleck and Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime," at 185.
5 Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig, "Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms," NIJ Research in Brief (May 1997); available at http://www.ncjrs.org/txtfiles/165476.txt on the internet. The finding of 1.5 million yearly self-defense cases did not sit well with the anti-gun bias of the study's authors, who attempted to explain why there could not possibly be one and a half million cases of self-defense every year. Nevertheless, the 1.5 million figure is consistent with a mountain of independent surveys showing similar figures. The sponsors of these studies -- nearly a dozen -- are quite varied, and include anti-gun organizations, news media organizations, governments and commercial polling firms. See also Kleck and Gertz, supra note 1, pp. 182-183.
6Kleck, Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, (1991):111-116, 148.
7George F. Will, "Are We 'a Nation of Cowards'?," Newsweek (15 November 1993):93.
8Id. at 164, 185.
9Dr. Gary Kleck, interview with J. Neil Schulman, "Q and A: Guns, crime and self-defense," The Orange County Register (19 September 1993). In the interview with Schulman, Dr. Kleck reports on findings from a national survey which he and Dr. Marc Gertz conducted in Spring, 1993 -- a survey which findings were reported in Kleck and Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime." br>10 One of the authors of the University of Chicago study reported on the study's findings in John R. Lott, Jr., "More Guns, Less Violent Crime," The Wall Street Journal (28 August 1996). See also John R. Lott, Jr. and David B. Mustard, "Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns," University of Chicago (15 August 1996); and Lott, More Guns, Less Crime (1998, 2000).
11Lott and Mustard, "Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns."
12Kathleen O'Leary Morgan, Scott Morgan and Neal Quitno, "Rankings of States in Most Dangerous/Safest State Awards 1994 to 2003," Morgan Quitno Press (2004) at http://www.statestats.com/dang9403.htm. Morgan Quitno Press is an independent private research and publishing company which was founded in 1989. The company specializes in reference books and monthly reports that compare states and cities in several different subject areas. In the first 10 years in which they published their Safest State Award, Vermont has consistently remained one of the top five safest states.
13Memo by Jim Smith, Secretary of State, Florida Department of State, Division of Licensing, Concealed Weapons/Firearms License Statistical Report (October 1, 2002).
14Florida's murder rate was 11.4 per 100,000 in 1987, but only 5.5 in 2002. Compare Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States," Uniform Crime Reports, (1988): 7, 53; and FBI, (2003):19, 79.
15 John R. Lott, Jr., "Right to carry would disprove horror stories," Kansas City Star, (July 12, 2003).
16Gary Kleck, "Crime Control Through the Private Use of Armed Force," Social Problems 35 (February 1988):15.
17Compare Kleck, "Crime Control," at 15, and Chief Dwaine L. Wilson, City of Kennesaw Police Department, "Month to Month Statistics: 1991." (Residential burglary rates from 1981-1991 are based on statistics for the months of March - October.)
18Kleck, Point Blank, at 140.
19Kleck, "Crime Control," at 13.
20U.S. Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities (1979), p. 31.
21U.S., Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, "The Armed Criminal in America: A Survey of Incarcerated Felons," Research Report (July 1985): 27.