Washington (AFP) – Contrary to what the gun lobby argues, personal firearms in the United States are rarely used for self-defense, a gun control advocacy group said Wednesday.
In an analysis of FBI and other federal government data, the non-profit Violence Policy Center said Americans are far more likely to hurt themselves or others when handling a lethal weapon.
In 2012, it said, only 259 “justifiable homicides” involving a private citizen were reported, compared to 8,342 criminal homicides committed with a gun.
Put another way, for every justifiable homicide involving a gun, 32 criminal homicides carried out with a firearm occurred. And that does not take into account “tens of thousands” of gun-related suicides and unintentional shootings.
And so starts the next round of drivel from the mainstream media. None of the FBI or CDC statistics take into account successful uses in which no one has to get shot. Police officers point their guns at thousands of people every year without firing a single round. They gain compliance and no one gets hurt. A gun was “used” but it does not count as a homicide or injury. The same is true for millions of gun owners.That’s not suggesting we all go around pointing guns at each other but, the fact is, if your threat runs away with his hair on fire and you don’t have to shoot him, that’s a successful use of a firearm. None of that is being counted here.