They buried the lede, but "defensive shootings" are more common than anti-gunners say.
Via Bearing Arms:
The media has been abuzz for months about how evil guns are and how we would be so much better if they all went away. Every news program has dedicated considerable time to allowing anti-gunners to espouse their rhetoric while making little effort to balance the reports. While there are times they’ll have both sides on a program to debate, they’ll also interview anti-gunners independently like David Hogg or his cohorts.
If they do bring on someone like Wayne LaPierre, the interview tends to be hostile rather than the fawning praise the Parkland kids get...
All that said, there’s one important fact that CNN failed to mention, and that is how the number of defensive gun uses is many times greater than the number of homicides that used firearms. While there are a reported 14,415 firearm-related homicides in 2016, there are still anywhere between 100,000 and 3 million defensive gun uses each year.
In fact, a recent study by the CDC found:
Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed (Cook and Ludwig, 1996; Kleck, 2001a). 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 (Kleck, 2001a), in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008 (BJS, 2010).
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