Below you will find facts regarding gun ownership and use in the United States. This is not opinion, editorial, commentary, interpolation, etc. These are just cold, hard, facts. Citations have been provided for further reading.
Thank you to the great resource sites for compiling this data.
According to a study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, U.S. civilians (not including law-enforcement) use guns to defend themselves and others from crime at least 989,883 times per year.[*] Another study by a criminologist at Florida State University puts the estimate closer to 2,500,000 crimes prevented by armed citizens.[†]
A survey of felons in prisons across the U.S. found:[‡]
A U.S. Department of Justice study found:[§]
* Paper: "Measuring Civilian Defensive Firearm Use: A Methodological Experiment." By David McDowall and others. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, March 2000. http://www.springerlink.com/content/rngn3274255v6j67/
§ The Armed Criminal in America: A Survey of Incarcerated Felons, U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics Federal Firearms Offenders study, 1997: National Institute of Justice, Research Report, July 1985, Department of Justice
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, In 2007 there were 613 fatal firearm accidents in the United States, constituting 0.5% of 123,706 fatal accidents that year. [*]
* Dataset: "20 Leading Causes of Unintentional Injury Deaths, United States, 2007." U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Accessed September 1, 2010 at http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/leadcaus10.html
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Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people.
Jeffrey R. Snyder