Congressional testimony. Americans use firearms in self defense between 500,000 to several million times a year, with an estimate from 2021 being 1.5 million times per year.


Jester · December 10, 2023 at 10:59 am

The numbers are good to help convince people on the fence, but I don’t know how many of those sort remain these days. Most of us know this and then there’s just the fact in some areas people won’t target due to the higher chances of, frankly getting shot. Those numbers make it even higher. The issue is this, say 1 percent of the population would loose their lives or everything due to being prayed upon and having no means of defending their lives or whatnot. To the depots that’s more than an acceptable number. They want millions more effectively culled anyway.
But again it’s nice to have some numbers out there and that at least some of the grifters in the beltway have at least been breifed in the numbers.

Donin Oregon · December 10, 2023 at 11:30 am

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost every major study on defensive gun use has found that Americans use firearms defensively between 500,000 and 3 million times each year.

Danny · December 10, 2023 at 12:02 pm

“We don’t have an … exact number” – and there you have it. Those “numbers” are “guesstimates.”

County Cork · December 10, 2023 at 1:08 pm

And that doesn’t include the times where just the threat of hot lead spray and not being afraid to use it scares off evil doers.
Violators get what they deserve and like Bolsheviks, they are not human but property of the state.

Roy · December 10, 2023 at 2:56 pm

Successful use of a firearm in self defense, does not necessarily mean a shot was fired.

My one and only use of a firearm in self defense happened about 15 or so years ago. I was driving to work on one of our local country roads. It is a narrow and curvy road where the speed limit is 35mph. I was doing about 45 – I know the road very well – but there was a guy behind me that wanted to go even faster. He was so close to my back bumper he practically had his front wheels in my trunk. I don’t know what he expected me to do, but we went on for a mile or two like that until I saw a convenient place to pull off the road, so I pulled in to let him get around me. This apparently pissed him off because he roared around me and suddenly pulled directly in front of my car, cutting me off from being able to just pull away. He stopped and flung open his drivers side door and came charging back toward me – with a hammer in his hand. I don’t know what he expected he was going to do, but he came toward me cussing and screaming – all manly bluster…

…until I stuck the gun in his face.

After that, he went all meek and mild, got back into his car and went on about his business. As did I.

Dirty Dingus McGee · December 10, 2023 at 3:54 pm

I’d be curious to know, approximately, how many times just someone KNOWING that a firearm is possessed by someone else, prevented a crime. Just pulling a SWAG, I would guess 2-3 times the high estimate from the studies cited.

Fishlaw · December 10, 2023 at 7:50 pm

It would be interesting to compare civilian use with police use of guns for defense.

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