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Guns are Used Responsibly

01/10/2022 10:45 AM | Anonymous

Guns are Used Responsibly  by Rob Morse. September 21, 2021; Adapted and edited by Lee Edgcomb

All you hear about is “gun violence”, not the well-earned safety record of gun ownership in America.  A few facts:

Shooting for fun-

The most common use of a firearm is recreation: training, practice, competition, and hunting.

We have about 430,000,000 firearms in civilian hands.

About 140,000,000 people (42 percent of the USA) live with a gun in our home. Gun owners are everywhere and in every lifestyle.

About 21,000,000 adults have their carry permits.  An estimated 17,000,000 carry “regularly”.

Armed citizens defend themselves at home, at work, and in pubic.

There were over 1,200,000 reported cases of violent crime in the United States in 2019. Those are cases of murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

The US CDC recorded 486 accidental deaths involving a firearm. Only 1-in-350 accidental deaths involved a firearm.

  •   173,000 total accidental deaths
  •     39,000 falling accidents
  •     35,500 vehicle deaths
  •     65,700 unintentional poisonings

With surprisingly few exceptions, your gun owning neighbors act the way you want them to act.
Ammo supply-https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/verify/ammo-shortage-2021united-states-fbi-reported-a-40-increase/65-7e349e16-267a-4c42-9c9c-7c229ffa3917

https://www.rand.org/research/gun-policy/analysis/essays/defensive-gun-use.html

https://scholarlycommons.law.northwestern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6853&context=jclc

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/topic-pages/violent-crime

https://crimeresearch.org/2021/07/with-the-focus-on-gun-crime-what-percent-of-violent-crimes-involve-guns-7-9/

https://wonder.cdc.gov/controller/datarequest/D76;jsessionid=3E2027CADD8B68E44F8837FBA050

https://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2018/04/legally-armed-people-have-murder-rate.html

https://gunsfacts.blogspot.com/2013/04/police-arent-safer-than-armed-civilians.html

http://rkba.org/research/cramer/shall-issue.html

The industry trade group for the shooting sports is the NSSF -National Shooting Sports Foundation- which estimates there will be 12,000,000,000 firearms’ cartridges sold in the US civilian market in 2021. That is 32,000,000 cartridges a day used for fun. Half are .22 Long Rifle.

Guns in the US-  We have about 430,000,000 firearms in civilian hands.

Living with a gun-  About 140,000,000 people (42 percent of the USA) live with a gun in our home. Gun owners are everywhere and in every lifestyle.

Firearms fit many purposes. Like shoes, the gun owner must find the right gun for the right purpose and one that fits. Most guns are seldom if ever used and they sit in storage day after day.

Citizens carry concealed-  At any given time, one in twenty persons around you are armed.

Self-defense incidents-  Government numbers vary depending on which report you read. Reports vary from a low of 500,000 to a high of 3,000,000 cases of armed defense each year.

1,500,000 may be the best estimate, based on the frequency of armed defense from numerous reports at the CDC (United States Center for Disease Control).

Thus, citizens used a firearm to stop criminal activity about 4,000 times a day.

Most armed self-defense incidents end with no shots fired. Most criminals stop and run away when an armed citizen simply presents his or her gun.

Legally armed citizens shot and killed a criminal 344 times in the entire year of 2019, less than once a day.

Criminal activity-  There were 10,000 cases where one person killed another with a firearm. That includes all types of guns. Most of these incidents are gangs fighting over territory and crimes of passion.

Accidents-  The US CDC recorded 486 accidental deaths involving a firearm. Only 1-in-350 accidental deaths involved a firearm.

For perspective:

Gun owners are remarkably law abiding and non-violent-

They save lives thousands of times a day because they are armed and resist attackers.

They understand the responsibility to act, act safely, and statistics show this fact.

US population-https://www.census.gov/topics/population.html

Guns in the US-
https://www.ammoland.com/2017/09/270-million-firearms-number-wrong-over-400-million-in-u-s-a/

https://www.guns.com/news/2020/11/17/data-us-has-434-million-guns-20m-ars-150m-mags

Calculated rate of concealed carry-https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/taxing-our-rights-away-government-fees-discourage-concealed-carry-part-four/

Armed defense-
https://reason.com/2018/09/04/what-the-cdcs-mid-90s-surveys-on-defensi/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261255522_Resisting_Rape_The_Effects_of_Victim_Self-Protection_on_Rape_Completion_and_Injury

https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/resistance-to-violent-crime-what-does-the-research-show

Violent Crime- https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/topic-pages/aggravated-assault#:~:text=Overview,compared%20with%20the%202010%20estimate.

https://crime-data-explorer.app.cloud.gov/pages/explorer/crime/crime-trend

Suicide-
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/suicide.htm

http://www.gunfacts.info/blog/cali-suicide-calumny/

Homicide-
https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8.xls

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-15.xls

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-14.xls

Accidents-
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/accidental-injury.htm

Safety of permit holders and police-https://ncsportsmenslaw.com/2020/01/on-average-concealed-carry-permit-holders-are-much-more-law-abiding-than-government-police/

Number of police-https://www.statista.com/statistics/191694/number-of-law-enforcement-officers-in-the-us/

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