posted on Jan, 10 2013 @ 09:38 PM
We're seeing a flood of threads and news headlines seeking to demonize guns but do people realize guns are used in self defense over 2.5 million times
What would've happened if these two burglars invaded this home to find a 15 year old boy and his little sister? murder? kidnap? maybe even rape?
You know what? I'm SO DAMN GLAD we didn't have to sit here and click on the thread telling us 2 burglars broke into a home and murdered two children
with a mother and father in deep sorrow, and community destroyed. We now have 2 criminals in pain and prison and 2 victims are safe, all because
their father taught them how to safely and effectively use a semi-automatic rifle.
Gary Kleck, a criminologist. democrat and former gun control advocate has changed his mind after conducting a large American study on guns, defense,
Read his book here:
- For every use of a gun to commit a crime, there are three-to-four cases of guns being used in self-defense of a crime.
- Assault and robbery rates are lower when victims are armed with a gun.
- A gun is used in self-defense to protect its owner from crime 2.5 million times per year, an average of once every 13 seconds.
- Fifteen percent of the gun defenders interviewed believed someone would have died if they had not been armed. If true, that’s an average of one
life saved due to firearm self-defense every 1.3 minutes.
- In nearly 75% of the cases, the victim did not know his attackers. In nearly 50% of the cases, he faced at least two attackers and in nearly 25% of
the cases, there were three or more attackers. A quarter of the incidents of self-defense occurred away from the home.
Ph.D. 1979, University of Illinois at Urbana; Sociology
M.A. 1975, University of Illinois at Urbana; Sociology
B.A. 1973, University of Illinois, with High Honors and with Distinction; Sociology
Research Design and Causal Inference
Introduction to Research Methods
Research Methods in Criminology
Violence Theory Seminar
Guns and Violence
Kleck's recent research on illegal gun markets has found that organized gun trafficking is largely irrelevant to the arming of America's criminals,
and that high-volume trafficking is virtually nonexistent. Instead, gun theft is central to the channeling of guns into criminal hands. Other recent
research has found that higher general gun ownership rates reduce homicide rates, probably because the violence-reducing effects of guns among
noncriminal victims and prospective victims outweigh the violence-increasing effects of guns among criminals.
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