FSU Study: The rate of Defensive Gun Uses stopping crimes can be projected nationwide to approximately 2.5 million per year -- one Defensive Gun Use every 13 seconds. Read and comment:

CAPISCE 2013/01/02 16:07:39
According to the National Self Defense Survey conducted by Florida State University criminologists in 2004, the rate of Defensive Gun Uses can be projected nationwide to approximately 2.5 million per year -- one Defensive Gun Use every 13 seconds.
Among 15.7% of gun defenders interviewed nationwide during The National Self Defense Survey, the defender believed that someone "almost certainly" would have died had the gun not been used for protection -- a life saved by a privately held gun about once every 1.3 minutes. (In another 14.2% cases, the defender believed someone "probably" would have died if the gun hadn't been used in defense.)

In 83.5% of these successful gun defenses, the attacker either threatened or used force first -- disproving the myth that having a gun available for defense wouldn't make any difference. In 91.7% of these incidents the defensive use of a gun did not wound or kill the criminal attacker (and the gun defense wouldn't be called "newsworthy" by newspaper or TV news editors). In 64.2% of these gun-defense cases, the police learned of the defense, which means that the media could also find out and report on them if they chose to.

In 73.4% of these gun-defense incidents, the attacker was a stranger to the intended victim. (Defenses against a family member or intimate were rare -- well under 10%.) This disproves the myth that a gun kept for defense will most likely be used against a family member or someone you love.

In over half of these gun defense incidents, the defender was facing two or more attackers -- and three or more attackers in over a quarter of these cases. (No means of defense other than a firearm -- martial arts, pepper spray, or stun guns -- gives a potential victim a decent chance of getting away uninjured when facing multiple attackers.)

In 79.7% of these gun defenses, the defender used a concealable handgun. A quarter of the gun defenses occured in places away from the defender's home.

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  • Frank Stephens 2013/01/02 16:27:17
    Frank Stephens
    I have just one question for my leftist-progressive friends: We have a massive system of drug control laws. Yet, the left is the first to argue that the war on drugs has been a failure. Regardless whether you see it a failure, the war on drugs surely hasn't prevented tens of millions of Americans, including teenagers, from obtaining drugs illegally. Why, then, does the left believe that a war on guns would be any more effective than the war on drugs?

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  • Woof 2013/01/17 08:45:45
  • frank 2013/01/11 18:44:16
    Just one more stat that the snooze media will refuse to cover.
  • goatman112003 2013/01/11 12:36:54
    Using those numbers means 1100 people a day would of died from the attacks. Just shows the effects of gun control.
  • WinterHawk 2013/01/11 11:56:41
    Have they published a report for 2012?
  • CAPISCE WinterHawk 2013/01/11 13:29:34
    I don't know
  • WinterHawk CAPISCE 2013/01/11 15:06:11
  • moknowsky 2013/01/11 04:21:47
    Liberals don't care. Their rx for crminal violence is : "Dial 911 and die!"
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2013/01/11 04:01:21 (edited)
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    I'm sharing your post every where I can, Capisce. Kudos.

    just realized I typo'd. Oops...
  • ron 2013/01/11 03:12:43
    With assault rifles with 100 rd. magazines?I bet not.Nobody wants to take your handgun which I'd be willing to bet most of those defenses were made with.
  • Boo 2013/01/04 21:04:34
    That refutes all arguments for gun control. Should be the end of the story, but I'm sure it won't be!
  • rknothead 2013/01/04 05:26:24
    These are factual statistics, that will be incomprehensible to most liberals, since they tend to be confused and dazed by facts like these.
  • cddjmikey 2013/01/04 04:54:30
    Something that you will DEFINITELY not see on the lamestream media, it goes against everything Obama wants and does so using FACTS !
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2013/01/04 02:30:51
    Great Post, Thank You
  • charles nelson 2013/01/03 20:41:09
    charles nelson
    gooblin corn fritters,where is that rabbit, she says everyone has got one now.
  • CAPISCE charles... 2013/01/03 20:52:39
    You are one strange bird my friend
  • macbeth 2013/01/03 13:39:28
    Well that's that sorted then.
    More guns for everybody!
  • TidBit 2013/01/03 07:01:17
    exactly why we need guns. if they want to take away . our military, we need individual defense.
  • Cat 2013/01/03 06:37:09
    Most Americans wouldn't believe this. and the MSM will never publish it.
  • zero 2013/01/03 06:02:31
    "Violent crimes, shootings, are not ever prevented by the presence of a police officer, no matter how many thousands of police officers you have." Carty Finkbeiner, Mayor of Toledo Ohio
  • Jazzyji... zero 2013/01/03 06:41:28
    You have to understand: Carty Finkbeiner is a nutjob plain and simple. Whatever comes out of his mouth is usually incoherent jibberish, we have witnessed it first hand! He is the "former Mayor of Toledo"
  • zero Jazzyji... 2013/01/03 06:46:36
    Do you believe that the police will protect you from a violent attack?
  • Jazzyji... zero 2013/01/03 07:07:01
    Only if they are present at the time, otherwise, no, police investigate once a crime has been commited. Do they deter crime? Yes, their presence will deter crime a majority of the time.
  • libertybelle 2013/01/03 05:12:43
    I am so tired of having to defend gun rights...the left is bound and determined to turn us into pre-war Europe..defenseless against an ever expanding oppressive goverment.
  • P. Sturm 2013/01/03 05:00:57
    P. Sturm
    Gee, that doesn't sound like the "evil gun" propaganda bureau's releases.
  • Silvershadows 2013/01/03 03:55:16
    AH, why quote this to liberals and government control advocates? Gun Owners are a threat to-----you got it-----an over reaching all powerful government. Does the media which supports gun bans or the gun banning liberals really care about you the citizen?? Nope, all they care about is their power and wealth. Naturally, if we all gave up our weapons everyone would be safer----right?? NOPE. We'd be serfs/slaves and at the mercy of those who decided to threaten or do actual violence. Criminals or the deranged don't care about laws they just want to do whatever they want to do. Hmmmm, how many liberals have guns or armed bodyguards? They do but don't want you to have any way to defend yourself------WHY? Study the history of countries with bans. Their citizens were serfs and slaves and those in power had all the wealth and power they desired. The Founders put the 2nd Amendment second----for very good reasons. AH, these stats are available to NRA Members----they already knew.
  • RayG 2013/01/03 03:33:27
    As a product of FSU Graduate School, could not agree more but know that lame brain media will ignore this fact
  • Embalmer 2013/01/03 03:30:51 (edited)
    What you're talking aboutbmisses the point. Using percentages has nothing to do with understanding the sudden increase in mass killings.

    Your percentages would be effective in a debate about repealing the second amendment, but when we're only talking about assault weapons, extended clips and drums, gun show loopholes and strict background checks with a mental health evaluation your discussion makes no sense.

    More than 32,000 Americans are killed through the use of a gun annually. Close to 7,000 Americans lost their lives in both Afghanistan and Iraq. That's a lot.

  • marcuss....PHART 2013/01/03 03:18:26
  • shuturp... marcuss... 2013/01/03 04:08:31
  • Pedalpusher 2013/01/03 02:33:32
    Good find Capisce! The last line "A quarter of the gun defenses occurred in places away from the defender's home. That means 3/4 happened in defense at their homes!! That's an amazing fact. Those of you who feel safe in your homes, take a look at those stats!
  • stevmackey 2013/01/03 02:08:07
    Obama wants us to get killed by the bad guys.
  • macbeth stevmackey 2013/01/03 13:46:22
    Well of course. He's a communist who is trying to engineer the destruction of America, remember?
  • Lanikai stevmackey 2013/01/03 18:51:49
    He wants us at the mercy of his DHS, SEIU, Border and Immigration, TSA super military that he wanted BEFORE the last election. This is his army, and the FEMA camps are stocked, and the troops are now armed with better than military grade, so YEP, after the inaugural it is probably open season, starting the event with gun confiscations by force if necessary.
  • lark 2013/01/03 01:58:08
    More restrictions = more crime Criminals do not pay attention to laws that is why they are criminals very good article
  • JET 2013/01/03 01:56:16
    In the words of the Beatles "Happiness is a warm gun". I couldn't agree more.
  • donisue 2013/01/03 01:36:35
    I guess it just goes to show that good guys & gals with guns can do good things against bad people with guns.
  • watusiwaldo 2013/01/03 01:28:39
    I'd be interested to know how many of the attackers were carrying guns. A gun defence is supportable if it equals the attacker's level of agression. In other words, if the attacker didn't have a gun (ie.had been unable to acquire a gun in the first place) use of a gun to defend is inappropriate. This survey does not change my opionion that guns are too available to anyone who wants one.
  • Jerimia watusiw... 2013/01/03 23:34:45
    Uh, hmm, lets see, a 20 something punk gang-banger with a knife, against a 50 something woman with a gun isn't a fair comparison? If BOTH are unarmed, then is it a "fair" comparison? Maybe you might try a college course in "Critical Thinking" or in other words, common sense.
  • watusiw... Jerimia 2013/01/04 02:45:59
    maybe you should take your gun and blow your another hole in your head....you right wing louies really stink up the joint.. What a bozo
  • cddjmikey Jerimia 2013/01/04 04:51:35
    Don't you love it when "peace loving" liberals suggest extreme violence when you challenge them with simple facts ?

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