NRA: Heritage Foundation Introducing a Defensive Gun Use Database

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Florida Alert! The NRA-ILA is alerting gun-owners of the Heritage Foundation’s plans to form a Defensive Gun Database.

U.S.A. -( Anti-gun forces are always quick to report the use of firearms in violent crimes – but they never talk about the number of times law-abiding people use a firearm successfully in lawful self-defense.   Published in the 1990s, “Point Blank” by  Dr. Gary Kleck, a criminologist, and researcher from Florida State University, destroyed the arguments of gun control proponents.

His research revealed that crime among people who carry guns for self-defense is almost nonexistent.

His study found that a firearm is used to protect it’s owner, from crime, approximately 2.5 million times a year.  Additionally, those findings show that for every time a gun is used in the commission of a crime, a gun is used 3-4 more times in self-defense.

The Heritage Foundation is now introducing a database of defensive gun use.

Loading a New Database of Defensive Gun Use

By Amy Swearer

Daily Signal

April 20, 2020

Amy Swearer is a senior legal policy analyst at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

For well over a year, The Daily Signal has published a monthly series highlighting lawful gun owners who used their firearms to protect their liberties, lives, or livelihoods.

Although these articles recount just a dozen or so stories each month, the incidents are selected from hundreds of other, similar examples.

Those defensive gun uses are worth highlighting, too. That’s why The Heritage Foundation is introducing its Defensive Gun Use Database, an interactive map featuring all of the news accounts from police reports that we couldn’t fit into installments of the monthly series.

What’s the Defensive Gun Use Database?

The database features an interactive map that allows users to locate instances of defensive gun use in their own states and cities.

Clicking on a specific dot on the map provides the user with an instant breakdown of important information about the incident of defensive gun use that the dot represents.

For example, users can see the date and location of the defensive gun use, what type of firearm was involved, and the context in which the gun was used—including to defend against a home invasion, armed robbery, or domestic violence).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost all major studies on defensive gun use have found that Americans use their firearms defensively between 500,000 and 3 million times each year. Researchers have good reason to believe, however, that most defensive gun uses aren’t reported to law enforcement, much less picked up by local or national media outlets…

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I’ve wanted to do this for over a decade, but knew it would be far too time-intensive for a single person working full time, and when realized, the website behind this idea must be very well maintained in order to be effective. Glad they’re taking on the challenge. I hope it ends up being the go-to source for accurate defensive use statistics as I’d envisioned my idea would be.

Deplorable Bill

Guys, the fact is if there were just one good guy with a gun stops bad guy with a gun story featured on the evening news daily it would go a LOOOOONG way into preventing what is almost inevitable at this point. No matter who gets this done, be happy about it. Know the truth and the truth will set you free. This is the answer to the lies and outright disinformation the progressive, socialist, communist, demoncrapic left has been feeding the nation for the past 60 years.

Arm up, carry on.


Obviously reporting positive gun use in detering tragedies are not beneficial for the disarming the populace.


I remain loyal to the members of the NRA. Because they joined with the same desire to preserve our liberty, as I did. However, a corporate mentality, saw that by inserting themselves into the fray, they could make cash flow, by modulating the noise of the argument. Very little actual fighting was taking place, which explains why decades later the constitution is still under attack, and traitors are not in prison. I have also supported other groups that have the same stated goals, ever hopeful that the fight can be won. Apparently to those in the political life, people such… Read more »


The NRA used to be . I joined, then when,as the years went by, I saw the NRA supporting the occasional anti gun candidate, coming out against pro gun bills, etc. , I dropped out. I received so many e-mails,postal solicitations, I finally told them Id get a postal stop order & turn them over to our State Atty. Generals office if they didnt cease. Hey, I was a proud NRA member,have a hat,NRA pins,decals. Always had their decal on my truck. But no more.

Will Flatt



moe mensale

It’s a Florida alert because this article was actually sent out by Marion Hammer & the USF. Instead of defaulting to your normal position of being an asshole against anything NRA related, a little effort on your part would have shown you that. Here’s the link (click on it if you’re capable):

How’s your stupid little petition coming along, btw? Have you gotten enough signers to rid Ammoland of HH once and for all? Bunch of ass clowns.


Ah, the NRA connection goes a long way to explain the involvement of our squish friend Amy Swearer.

Will Flatt

Your link isnt working, Larry. I presume that’s what the highlighted text is supposed to be.

Will Flatt



Rather than acknowledge a positive act in the creation of a national list of defense gun use you kick the messager. The only failure is self inflicted.

Will Flatt

NRA didn’t create this database, they’re reporting it and somewhat after the fact, at that. Lots of other outlets reported this first. Good on Heritage Foundation for doing this but NRA is still circle jerking itself while kneeling in front of Radioactive Wayne.