Saturday, November 7, 2015

Do Guns Make One Safer?

More food for thought on this topic. These facts are from the November 6’th issue of “The Week .” I have not verified the accuracy at the source.

FBI database
  • 2012: Of the 8,855 criminal gun homicides - 258 fatal shooting deemed justifiable
  • 2014: 52,000 recorded shootings, less than 1,600 were used for self-defense.
  • 2000 to 2013: Study of 160 active-shooter events found 7 incidents in which an armed civilian shot the gunman and ended the rampage. Of these only 1 was the typical “good guy with a gun” – rest were off-duty cops or security guards.
American Journal of Epidemiology
  • 80 Million Americans who kept guns in home were 90% more likely to die by homicide than those who don’t.
American Journalof Public Health
  • A person with a gun was 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault than someone who was unarmed.
University of California(San Francisco)
  • A person with a gun in the home is three times as likely to kill themselves as non-firearms owners
  • More than 20,000 person shoot themselves to death annually
Gallup poll found 63% of Americans think a gun in the house makes then safer while 56% think the country would be safer if more people carried concealed weapons.

The above statistics do not seem to support that perception.

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