33,770,880 Americans Defended Themselves With Guns

According to a recent in-depth study, more than 30 million Americans have defended themselves or loved ones with firearms. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Think of the foremost applications of a firearm. Self-defense and protection have become the primary motivation for Americans’ acquisition of firearms, but the prevalence of defensive gun use remains disputed. New research, conducted in support of a brief for the Supreme Court, offers more evidence that a large number of Americans have used a firearm to defend themselves, their loved ones, or their property.

Professor William English offered this summary of his research in his brief:

“Based on a comprehensive online survey of 16,708 adult firearms owners – an unprecedented sample size in the area of scholarly firearms policy research – amicus English recently and reliably concluded that lawful carriage of firearms for self-defense and defensive gun use are statistically common phenomena. In fact, a majority of the over 80 million adult firearms owners in the United States carry a handgun for self-defense under at least some circumstances. More than a quarter of those owners carry handguns for self-defense under right-to-carry laws. And there are, conservatively, an average of 1.67 million defensive gun use incidents per year—an average of over 4,500 every single day— most of which do not occur inside the home.”

English’s technical paper offers more detail about both his methodology and his findings, including a key finding left out of the above summary: 31.1% of American gun owners have used a firearm to defend themselves or their property.

Think about that. Gun owners represent at least a third of American adults, and about a third of gun owners have used their firearm in self-defense. A majority of gun owners who engaged in defensive use – outside of military service, police work, or work as a security guard – have had to do so on two or more occasions.

It’s important to note that firearms, the great equalizer, do not need to be fired or displayed to be effective. According to English’s research, shots were fired in only about 18% of defensive gun usage. In nearly a third of cases, simply saying one was armed was enough to deter an attacker. In a majority of defensive use cases, the gun owner was confronted by two or more assailants. Nearly one in twenty gun owners involved in a defensive use were faced with five or more assailants.

Remember that when President Biden and other radicals talk about restrictions on magazine capacity.

Anti-gun researchers and propagandists like those running the Gun Violence Archive refuse to acknowledge the prevalence of defensive gun use. RealClearInvestigations examined defensive gun use cases on the Gun Violence Archive for January 1st through August 10th of this year and found 774 cases. Less than 4% of these cases involved no shots fired.

That is in direct contrast to the findings of surveys about defensive gun usage, including English’s. Reality tends to contradict gun control radicals’ claims and alleged “common sense.” Even the CDC has acknowledged that “Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million.” The lowest estimate for the annual number of defensive gun use is around 116,000 per year.

That’s a large number of Americans defending themselves and their loved ones, but it’s still considerably below the 2.5 million cases per year estimated by Kleck – and validated with data the CDC hid for decades –  and the 1.67 million annual average calculated by English.

Survey after survey has produced a significant number of defensive gun uses. Gun sales have been steadily increasing for the last several years and skyrocketed last year. Nearly half of new gun owners since January 2019 were women, and the population of new gun owners is even more diverse than the general population.

When will President Biden and other anti-gun zealots realize that millions of responsible Americans have made – and are making – a conscious choice to become firearm owners and millions of these Americans have fortunately been able to defend themselves and their loved ones in times of crisis.

About NRA-ILA:

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Now LaPew’s grifter junta is looting the Firearms Museum:


“I hope this thieving trash enjoys federal lockup”

Yep. But they help the NYAG. GOOJF deal to fly NRA into a smoking hole?

Last edited 3 months ago by Russn8r

I am an avid 2A supporter, and I appreciate this kind of research, but I have to say that these numbers just do not sound right to me. Stats like “1.67 million defensive gun use incidents per year” seem to way to high, as does the claim that “31.1% of American gun owners have used a firearm to defend themselves or their property.” I understand that the statistics were extrapolated from a survey of 16,708 adult firearms owners, and I have a strong suspicion that either the survey itself or the statistical methods used are somehow flawed. I just can’t… Read more »


Good info!


O’Biden and the rest of the totalitarian Marxists have no interest in realizing the truth of the purpose of 2A or DGU’s. You’re wasting your time thinking that they want anything else than all Marxists want: power and control over you, your property and your life.

Deplorable Bill

I have actually watched two different murders while unarmed. I was not able to help the innocent nor able to prosecute the murderers. After that, I carry 24/7/365. I was a victim of what would surely have been a mass murder that involved my family, friends and some folks I knew. Had I not been armed and (reluctantly) willing to use it there would be 13 less innocent people in the world. Years after that some skum bag tried to grab my 9 year old daughter 50 yds away from our home while she was walking to the bus stop.… Read more »


No thanks to your rubber stamp board of “directors” helping LaPew’s “Winning Team” loot $Billions of member money.




1) https://nraindanger.wordpress.com/ Articles-links with ample proof LaPewCo, including vampire vendors like Brewski, looted $100s of $millions these last few years alone. 2) NRA budget since ’97 “Winning Team” coup, ~$350m/yr real dollars x 25yrs = ~$9 Billion. How much did they grift? You tell us. 3) Brewski alone looted over $100m these last few years in massive overcharges for incompetent legal. 4) LaPew salary avg’d ~$2m/yr = ~$50 million, plus bogus “expenses” like $40k Rodeo Drive shopping trips, flights for his niece, flights & ‘accommodation’ for his bikini-beard-“intern” etc. 5) Vampire vendor AcMc took on the order of ~$40m/yr real… Read more »


Crickets Chirping… Guess you asked a question you didn’t really want the answer to.