Defensive Gun Use

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(DGU) is many times guns are used for good (to stop a crime, or for "defense") as opposed to doing harm.
Best estimates are that guns are used in ≈9,000 murders per year but they're used about 2.2 million times a year to stop a crime or save a list. That means if you outlawed all guns (and you're naive enough to think that would stop 9,000 murders), you'd probably increase crime by a couple million more cases a year?
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Created: 2018-04-22 

A DGU is how many times guns are used for good (to stop a crime, or for "defense") as opposed to doing harm. If you don't know how many times a gun is used for good, then how can have context on the good-to-bad ratios? In other words, if guns are used for good, far far more often than they're used to commit crimes, or for bad uses, then gun control could easily do more harm than good.

Best estimates on both are that guns are used in ≈9,000 murders per year (only about 1/2 to 2/3rds of all murders are with a gun), but they're used about 2.2 million times a year to stop a crime. That means if you outlawed all guns (pure gun control), and you're naive enough to think that would stop 9,000 murders, you'd probably increase crime (including violent crimes) by a couple million more cases a year? Whether that is a net win for you is based completely on your irrational fear/hatred of an inanimate object (hopolophobia).

In 2022 the CDC got caught up working with gun-control activists to censor studies and truths that the CDC doesn't like. Not only did they redact the truth because it undermined the far left's arguments for gun confiscation and violating the 2A, but they didn't record key parts and "took it offline" which violated Freedom of Information act and transparency laws.

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Dr. Gary Kleck is the most important name in this research. He was an anti-gun statistician that started looking into this, found that guns did far more good than harm, built the 2.2M approximation number based on various studies and polls, and people have validated it in dozens of different ways. And he changed his views as being far more pro-gun as a result of his studies. So of course he's hated and personally attacked by gun controllers who don't want facts and statistics, but to outlaw boomsticks.

Here's a table of Surveys taken on how many people use a gun per year. (Excluding Military, Law Enforcment). Some of the variances are because they restrict to only outside the home, or restrict against animals, some restrict to only if they fired at someone (or fired at all, including in the air). So methodologies change. But surveys all show numbers at least 100x what the murder rate is.

  • Surveys on Frequency of DGUs [1]
  1. Field Institute, California (1976) - 8.6% had ever used a gun (1.4 - 1.9% per year). ≈3,052,717 DGUs/year (just handguns)
  2. Bordua, Illinois (1977) - 5% used a gun. ≈1,414,544 DGUs/year
  3. Cambridge, U.S (1978) - 18% used a gun (lifetime)
  4. DMI (Decision Making Information) A, U.S (1978) - 15% used a gun (lifetime), ≈2,141,512 DGUs/year
  5. DMI (Decision Making Information) B, U.S (1978) - 7% used a gun (lifetime), ≈1,098,409 DGUs/year
  6. Peter D. Hart Research Associates, U.S (1981) - 4% used a gun (lifetime), ≈1,797,461 DGUs/year

The CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) from 1996, 1997, and 1998 that asked "“During the last 12 months, have you confronted another person with a firearm...?” and the answers came in right in line with the 1.24-1.36% of guns households have used a gun in the last year. The napkin math version is that if you have ≈150 million households with guns, and ≈1.3% of them have used them in the last year, that's about 2 million defensive uses. What's interesting is the CDC had buried this research and had intended for no one to notice. Why is that?

Ad Hominem: since people can't address Kleck's bigger points, and they can't grow or change their view based on mere facts, they often just attack Kleck. But the logic is still logic.

If there are 293,066 rapes per year, 806,843 aggravated assaults (more than regular assaults), 367,832 robbies. 2,188,005 burglaries. There are 300-500M guns. Those are just REPORTED numbers -- all are low because of unreported numbers (figure by 50%). More than that -- those are actual numbers, how many more were attempted crimes that never went to fruition? Of 4M crimes per year (probabl 8-16M attempted and/or unreported crimes), with around half of the population having guns (and many of those crimes at home)... how many felt a gun stopped them and saved their lives? Seems that the half million number up to a couple million DGU's isn't absurd at all.

Morally, if you were a raped female, how many of those Women do you think should be allowed to have a gun for self defense? How about other victims of crime or violent crime?

So even if there is there a slight exaggeration by DGU users, "I could have died", that doesn't change the fact that it was a DGU and the gun helped make people feel more safe. So anti-gunners can believe what they want to believe, in spite of the data to the contrary. I'll stick with the scientific studies, logic and data.

Mass shootings stopped by armed civilians[edit source]

           Main article: Mass shootings stopped by armed civilians
Those claiming that civilians don’t stop mass/school shootings are either either ignorant, liars, or both. When you hear or read that claim, you can immediately consider the source discredited by their own dishonesty, bias or incompetence. If you doubt it, here's many examples. ("If it saves a single life, it's worth allowing people to carry guns").

Good guys with guns[edit source]

           Main article: Good guys with guns
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The news never likes to talk about GGWG's (Good Guys with Guns), and the many, many more cases, where responsible adults save lives, using guns. The score is like 9,000 murders versus Millions of DGUs (Defensive Gun Uses) each year in America. Of course the vast majority of DGUs are just scaring away bad guys. But here are crimes/mass shootings that were stopped by GGWGs.

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It doesn't matter how you calculate it, whether you're at 100K DGU's or the 3-4M high number, either way the benefits of owning a gun, far outweigh the risks/consequences. And it shouldn't matter if it didn't. Even if 100K were saved by a gun and 100K were murdered by them, shouldn't the choice on which side of that you want to be on, be left to individuals? I might not agree with extremists views on a lot of things, but in a free society, it is their right to make choices I don't agree with. So pick your battles. Mine is let people make their own choices on whether they want a gun in their house.... they just don't get to make that choice for everyone else.


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