Take a look at this
number and see if it means anything to you, 2,452,643. Does it ring a bell?
No? Well if you are thinking these numbers represent a lotto winner’s purse
or the number of times Democratic candidates have attacked President Bush
in the last month you are mistaken. No instead this very large number represents
the number of times Americans have used firearms to thwart crimes and defend
themselves over the past year.
According to the National Self-Defense Survey created by Florida State University
criminologists in 1994, the rate of defensive gun uses can be projected to
approximately 2.5 million per year, or one defensive use for every 13 seconds.
numbers come as a surprise? Certainly they would to those who buy into the
myths put forward by the gun control advocates in our nation.
According to their information guns are the very worst things any American can own.
They love to represent guns as the cause of crimes, tragic accidents and
of course suicides. Yet the actual numbers do not bare their representations
out at all. Consider some more numbers from the National Self-Defense Survey.
of gun defenders interviewed nationwide during The National Self Defense
Survey believed that someone "almost certainly" would have died had the gun
not been used for protection -- a life saved by a privately held gun about
once every 1.3 minutes. (In another 14.2% cases, the defender believed someone
"probably" would have died if the gun hadn't been used in defense.)
In 83.5% of those successful gun defenses, the attacker either used or threatened
force first. So much for the gun control argument that gun availability for
self-defense will not make any difference.
Further, in 91.7% of these defensive uses the people protecting themselves
neither killed nor wounded their attackers. This surely destroys the oft
used argument that gun ownership leads to wild west style shootouts in the
streets doesn’t it? Of course the media is incredibly irresponsible in their
consistent non-reporting of these defensive uses of firearms. At most these
stories will receive only passing mention in the vast majority of media outlets.
And that is only if they are mentioned at all.
Yet another popular gun control myth put forward is that a gun will most
likely be used against a family member or a loved one. Yet as the survey
showed, over 70 % of the defensive uses were against a stranger, while those
against a family member or loved one was well below 10%.
Another very popular gun control tactic is to insist that alternate self-defense
options such as pepper spray or martial arts are preferable to using a gun.
Yet in over half of these incidents the intended victim was facing two or
more attackers. And in a quarter of them three or more attackers were menacing
the victim. Pepper spray or hand to hand combat would not have served the
intended victims nearly as well as their guns did. Yet those intent on disarming
America insist on selling the lie that guns do not make us safer.
Of course possibly the most maligned laws by gun control advocates are concealed
carry laws. In every state which allows citizens to carry weapons, violent
crime has dropped, yet the cries of gun grabbers to do away with these laws
for safety’s sake continue. The Self-Defense Survey proves most damning to
the cries against these laws. Nearly 80% of the defensive gun uses were by
citizens with concealed weapons. Further a quarter of the uses occurred away
from the defenders home. Where would these innocent citizens have been without
The evidence from this study makers it very clear just how wrong the gun
grabbers of America are. The may argue all day about wanting to reduce violent
crimes yet they argue against Americans arming themselves. If they were to
get their way there would have been more, many more victims of violent crimes,
not fewer in this nation.
The gun control crowd loves to talk about our children and reducing crime
and safety. Yet if their stated desires ever become the law of our land what
will our children have to look forward to? More rapes, more robberies, more
assaults, more murders, and more victims.
Maybe those who want us not to own guns really do care and really think they
have our best interests at heart. But there are 2,452,643 Americans who will
Doug Hagin resides in Dallas and hopes to one day be a nationally syndicated columnist with his own radio show.