A study published by the National Academy of Sciences under the auspices of President Obama and his administration, who directed the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other "relevant federal agencies", including the Institute of Medicine (IoM), to research the topic of gun
violence and what preventive measures could be taken, has backfired since some of the evidence they found is in fact supporting the argument in favor
for the Second Amendment, or the right of the people to own and bear arms.
The study states, among other things, for example on page 15 you can read.
Defensive Use of Guns
Defensive uses of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence,
although the exact number remains disputed (Cook and Ludwig, 1996; Kleck, 2001a). Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive
gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3
million per year (Kleck, 2001a), in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008 (BJS, 2010).
They do question the numbers of defensive use of firearms, but they do state as you can read above that the defensive use of firearms is at least as
common as the offensive uses by criminals. So at least there are as many people protecting themselves with firearms, as there are criminals using
illegal firearms to commit crimes.
On the next page, page 16 you can continue reading.
Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was
“used” by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower
injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies (Kleck, 1988; Kleck and DeLone, 1993;
Southwick, 2000; Tark and Kleck, 2004). Effectiveness of defensive tactics, however, is likely to vary across types of victims, types of
offenders, and circumstances of the crime, so further research is needed, both to explore these contingencies and to confirm or discount earlier
The study can be found originally at the following website.
Be aware, there is a big problem with this study as well, in page 4 they state that in order to better understand the threat of firearm related
violence that they want, and I quote.
It is ultimately important, of course, to understand the unique characteristics of all types and subtypes of violence. However, resources focused
on three specific populations—the general population, the general youth population, and the offender population—should yield actionable
information over the short term. The exact number and distribution of guns and gun types in the United States are unknown, but for each of these
populations, it would be valuable to have counts of total guns owned, their attributes (i.e., general type, caliber, firing mechanism), how
the guns were acquired (i.e., purchased, received as a gift, traded for, stolen, etc.), and information on the sources of the guns (i.e., licensed gun
dealers, friends or relatives, gun traffickers, owners of stolen guns, and so on). It also would be valuable to better understand both the violent and
relevant non-violent and self-protective behaviors of individuals with firearms.
So while on the one hand this study shows that there is evidence that owning firearms increases the chances of the victim not getting injured, or
killed, and that there are at least as many victims defending themselves as there are criminals using illegal firearms to commit crimes, among other
arguments in favor of the Second Amendment, they also state the need for gun registration, among other actions to improve their understanding of gun
It is obvious that the evidence was not what they hoped to find, so they included in the study that they need more gun control in order to understand
gun violence, when the evidence clearly indicates that the right of every individual to own and bear firearms is in fact protecting tens of thousands,
or even millions of Americans every year.
edit on 27-6-2013 by ElectricUniverse because: errors.