Research, Studies & Statistics

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In an effort to educate people and arm them with real, scientific, supportable evidence as it relates to gun crime and defensive gun use, we offer you the following publications, along with our brief analysis and comentary…

Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms

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Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms, Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (1997)

One of the areas of primary concern amongst many people trying to perform their own research and anlysis related to the purpose of guns in society, is whether guns deter crime, or lead to more crime.  You will find a clear bias against the ownership of firearms throughout this brief.  However, in conclusion, the authors state in the second to last paragraph of the brief, on page 11, “Much debated is whether the widespread ownership of firearms deters crime or makes it more deadly—or perhaps both—but the DGU [Defensive Gun Use] estimates are not informative in this regard,” which is to say, there is no evidence supporting the notion that taking guns away from law abiding citizens will reduce crime.  What is evidenced, as stated on page 8 of the brief, is that guns are used in self defense anywhere from 108,000 to 2.5 million times each year!

So when Vice President Joe Biden makes the statement that, “…if your actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking,” there is no evidence or context to support that lives would be saved if law abiding citizens were restricted from owning firearms.  To the contrary,substantive evidence demonstrates that guns are used in excess of 100,000 times each year to protect lives.  The fact that guns are used so frequently in defense of life is powerful, empirical evidence to support your right to own and carry a gun.

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Guns and Crime: Handgun Victimization, Firearm Self-Defense, and Firearm Theft

Guns and Crime: Handgun Victimization, Firearm Self-Defense, and Firearm Theft, Michael R. Rand, BJS Statistician, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics (1994)

We refer you to the following statement within this study, under the sub-header Self-defense with firearms, which reads, “A fifth of the victims defending themselves [from a violent assault] with a firearm suffered an injury, compared to almost half of those who defended themselves with weapons other than a firearm or who had no weapon.” [Emphasis Added]

It’s that simple! A fifth vs. nearly half.  That means if you’re assaulted, and you don’t have a gun to defend yourself, you’re 60% more likely to be injured than if you’re armed!  This means that you’re safer with a gun than you are relying soley on police or the government to defend you.  And the bottom line is you have the right to be armed.  Don’t give that right away America.

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Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities

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Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities, M. J. McDermott, Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics (1979) 

What can we learn from this 81 page document?  As illustrated in “TABLE 22,” on page 31 of the report (44 of the PDF), of 32,000 attempted rapes in 1979, 32% were “successful,” but in the case of a victim armed with a gun, only 3% were successful.

In other terms, if one is the victim of an attempted rape, the assault is 91% less likely to be successful in when the victim is armed with a gun!  Women have the right to bear arms, and it’s a right worth protecting!

SITE IN PROGRESS, MORE TO COME…

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