Monday, April 16, 2012

Great Read!

From The Truth About Guns:
In my post Dennis Henigan on Chardon: Clockwork Edition, I did an analysis of how many lives were saved annually in Defensive Gun Uses (DGUs). I used extremely conservative numbers. Now I am going to use some less conservative ones. 
The Kleck-Gertz DGU study estimated that there are between 2.1 and 2.5 million DGUs a year in the U.S. The Ludwig-Cook study came up with 1.46 million. So let’s split the difference and call it 1.88 million DGUs per year. 
In the K-G article Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun, 15.7 percent of people who had a DGU reckoned they almost certainly saved a life. Ignoring the ‘probably’ and ‘might have’ saved a life categories for simplicity, 15.7 percent of 1.88 million gives us 295,160 lives saved annually.


Jack said...

You'll never see that statistic reported in the MSM though!

DamDoc said...


CRCobb said...

Just used a similar argument in a Facebook discussion. 10,000+ firearm homicides a year (their statistic). 85,000,000 firearm owners (my statistic - really "Gun Owners" on Facebook statistic) means that .01% of gun owners commit a homicide a year. But 800,000 to 2.5 million (pre-1994 data, just realized) gun owners use firearms for self defense a year, or 1% to 3% of gun owners. Majority of firearm homicides are committed by drug-trade criminals who are responsible for multiple violent felonies (GRRN commercial).

I used really poor research, but the discussion stopped there. The facts win again.

Thanks for the additional - and current - info. I was wondering about a "save a life" statistic for DGU.