Firearms used 60 times more often to protect honest citizens

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Firearms used 60 times more often to protect honest citizens

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-04-24 10:02

John Stossel reported correctly in the October 22, 1999, edition
of ABC’s 20/20 that despite the headlines, schoolyard killings
are down 50 percent since 1992. Gun-rights advocates point out
that crime began declining two years before the Brady and
assault-weapon laws went into effect, because of increased
imprisonment rates and improved prosecution.

Gun-control advocates look at guns only as a means to harm
others even though they are more often used to prevent injury.
According to a 1995 study entitled “Armed Resistance to Crime:
The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun” by Gary
Kleck and Marc Gertz, published by the Journal of Criminal Law
and Criminology at Northwestern University School of Law, law-
abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals
as many as 2.5 million times every year.

That means that firearms are used 60 times more often to protect
the lives of honest citizens than to shoot with criminal intent.
Of these defensive shootings, more than 200,000 are by women
defending themselves against sexual abuse. About half a million
times a year, a citizen carrying a gun away from home uses it in
self-defense. Again, according to Kleck amd Gertz, “Citizens
shoot and kill more criminals than police do every year [2,819
times versus 303].” Moreover, as George Will pointed out in an
article entitled “Are We a Nation of Cowards?” in the November
15, 1993, issue of Newsweek, while police have an error rate of
11 percent when it comes to the accidental shooting of innocent
civilians, the armed citizens’ error rate is only 2 percent,
making them five times safer than police.

Other studies give similar results. “Guns in America: National
Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms,” by the Clinton
administration’s Justice Department shows that between 1.5 and 3
million people in the United States use a firearm to defend
themselves and others from criminals each year. A 1986 study by
Hart Research Associates puts the upper limit at 3.2 million.
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