Yes, Armed Citizens Defend Themselves & Others.. despite what Giffords & NPR say

Yes, Armed Citizens Defend Themselves & Others.. despite what Giffords or NPR say
Yes, Armed Citizens Defend Themselves & Others.. despite what Giffords or NPR say

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)-  An anti-rights group said that we don’t use firearms to defend ourselves. Let’s replace fiction with fact.

The good news is that violent crime is relatively rare for each of us on any given day. On average, only one member of our family will be raped, robbed, assaulted or murdered in our lifetime. That means it probably won’t happen to you or me. That also means that violence will probably touch every family in the United States.

Those are the numbers provided by the FBI. That is reality, not myth.

Criminal violence might destroy the life of someone you love. The odds of that happening are far higher if you live in one of our failed cities or on the US border where drug gangs rule the night.  Tens of millions of us are not willing to face those odds unarmed. We’re motivated by the severity of the incident, not its likelihood on any given day.

Law abiding US civilians use a firearm for self-defense 6500 times a day. These victims are usually able to stop their attacker without having to fire a shot. Most criminals want what you have, and they look for easier victims once they realize you are armed.

Unfortunately, some criminals want more than your possessions. 7.7 percent of those self-defense cases are sexual assaults. That means a gun is used to stop a sexual assault over 500 times a day. Fortunately, a firearm is particularly effective at stopping rape.

Those are not numbers invented by the NRA. This is data collected by an anti-gun agency of the US government, the US Center for Disease Control. Something that happens 6 thousand times a day could be called “rare” when compared to our population of 330 million.

It is hardly worth thinking about..unless you or someone you know is one of the victims.

Think about it. I know several victims of violent attacks. You probably do too. I wish my friends were armed when they were attacked. Don’t you feel the same way?

That doesn’t seem rare to me at all. I talk about it every week. Thank you for defending the people you love.


Slow FactsAbout Rob Morse

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

  • 8 thoughts on “Yes, Armed Citizens Defend Themselves & Others.. despite what Giffords & NPR say

    1. My first 1911 was used by a women to defend another women from a violent boyfriend who had broken down the door with a baseball bat. PS I have a daughter.

    2. Statistics are irrelevant. The right of the people to keep and bear arms is not subject to some sort of cost-benefit analysis based on defensive gun uses. In the Constitution, it’s the right of the people “to keep and bear” arms, not the job of the people to shoot enough bad guys to make it seem worthwhile.

      My advice: Don’t play this numbers game. It only plays into the collectivist mind-set.

    3. I personally know of 3 incidents of defensive gun use by a regular armed citizen which were not reported to police. Two were in Chicago where policy is to protect criminals from their victims, the third in Minnesota years before rational concealed carry laws were passed. In one of the Chicago cases a warning shot was actually fired, in the other two cases the would-be perp simply fled when his intended victim displayed a gun with an obvious willingness to use it. I also know of a couple of additional incidents where the intended victim was an off-duty Chicago police officer out with his family – in one of those cases, a perp WAS shot, but the intended victim’s badge kept him safe from prosecution. So, Ms. Giffords, guns ARE used for self defense – and help safeguard people from harm in much the same way as seat belts and smoke detectors. And probably in similar numbers.

    4. Be aware the FBI only tabulates REPORTED crimes. The majority of crimes are not reported by victims, for whatever reason. Thus FBI statistics are questionable.

    5. When the left uses analysis that only counts ‘justified homicide with a gun’ as their measure of defensive gun use, the number will be, of course, grossly low. Given that leaves out DGUs where only and injury occurred, or, the largest of instances, DGUs where the mere presence of an armed defender deterred or stopped the criminal act. This is supported by the CDC study they couldn’t be bothered to publish as it didn’t support their position on DGUs. Not linking as that always seems to block my posts. Google it.

      Keep on lying Kathy Goebbels…er…Giffords…er…sock puppet.

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