Surprise! Surprise! Most People Use Guns for Self-Defense than Crime

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We are sick and tired of hearing gun control advocates say having a right to gun ownership leads to more crime. What they forget is taking away our guns makes us an easy target for criminals.

Moreover, a criminal will get a gun, regardless of what the law says. It begs the question: “do these people not think? Why do they want to take away an effective way of defense?”


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Regardless of their mental gymnastics to prove a lie that rightful gun ownership will lead to more crime, the statistics show otherwise.

What Do The Numbers Say?

The National Crime Victimization Survey shows there were up to 480,000 unlawful employments of firearms in 2019. The number looks shocking when analyzed in isolation. However, previous research has shown annual defensive gun use significantly exceeds unlawful use.

A review of the literature by the National Research Council in 2013 found almost all the national survey reports show defensive use of guns by victims is at least as rampant as the offensive gun uses by criminals.

When the report was made, there were 19 different surveys on defensive gun use frequency. All the surveys show defensive gun use happened more than criminal use.

Most of these surveys show there were at least one million defensive gun uses annually. Besides, the most reliable survey from the study shows at least 2.1 million defensive gun uses annually.

There have been different studies confirming the 2013 literature review. However, two new studies strongly prove defensive gun uses outnumber criminal uses by a mile.

The first survey was from the 2021 National Firearms Survey which conducted a study on over 54,000 Americans. During the survey, 16,000 American gun owners were identified. The gun owners were then asked a lot of questions that related to their gun ownership. Worthy of note is that five methods were used to ascertain truthful answers.

It should be interesting to know William English’s survey used the largest sample size of any study that has ever been carried out on defensive gun use. His sample size is almost ten times larger than the next survey when putting the size into perspective.

His survey shows there were about 1.6 million defensive incidents per year. Constituting 65.9% of defensive incidents, handguns were the most used firearm for self-defense.

However, in most of these incidents (81.9%), there was no shot fired. In addition, Mr. English’s survey found over half of the defensive gun uses happened in incidents involving more than one assailant. In such cases, guns acted as an important ‘trouble’ equalizer.


The second study was published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice by Gary Kleck. This study collected information about gun use, as part of the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Upon analyzing the raw data, Mr. Kleck found defensive gun use estimates were more significant than criminal uses.

According to Gary Kleck, the CDC’s estimates showed an average of 1,109,825 defensive gun uses annually between 1996 and 1998. However, the CDC never published these results.

Gun Control Advocates Need to Find Another Line of Argument

Max Holloway once said: “Men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t lie.” This quote can never be any more valid than what the statistics say about gun use among Americans. As previously mentioned, gun control advocates say the use of guns for defensive purposes is not common.

They usually use the National Crime Victimization Survey findings, which show an estimate of 70,000 to 100,000 yearly defensive to back their arguments. However, it is unsurprising that the NCVS has low numbers, as it never asks people about protective gun use.

Instead, respondents can choose to volunteer the information, if they say they are victims of a crime. It is evident the survey system of the NCVS is flawed and there is no way its numbers should be believed.

In the end, unless the defenders of gun control want Americans to be defenseless against criminals, they should join hands in supporting the Second Amendment.