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April 13, 2008

Vol. 2   No. 3

When doing “nothing” is not an option.

Research shows that law-abiding citizens using firearms for protection can save lives and deter crimes.  In Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control, co-authors Gary Kleck and Don Kates note that "as many as 2.5 million victims use guns to defend against crime each year" and "handguns are actually used by victims to repel crime far more often than they are by criminals in committing crimes - as much as three times more."

The National Crime Victimization Survey

Self Protective Action Employed

Percent of Victims Injured

Assault

Robbery

None 55.2% 23.6%
Threatened offender without weapon 13.6% 15.8%
Screamed from pain, fear 12.6% 22.0%
Chased, tried to catch offender 9.0% 9.6%
Ran/drove away; tried to 5.4% 7.7%
Any method with a gun 3.6% 4.9%

(extracted from Table 7.1 of Armed by Gary Kleck and Don Kates)


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