July 26, 9:59 AM3 Americans use a gun in self defense once every 13 seconds, according to a peer-reviewed study.
The National Self Defense Survey, as conducted by Florida State University criminologists in 1994, indicates that Americans use guns in self defense 2,500,000 times per year, which is once every 13 seconds.
In about 30% of the defensive gun uses, the would-be victim believes that the gun “almost certainly” or “probably” saved a life.
In more than 1/2 of the self defense gun uses, the would-be victim was under attack by 2 or more criminals, making a firearm the only viable means of self defense for most people.
The overwhelming majority of these defensive gun uses were never reported by the news media.
Gun ownership protects 65 lives for every 2 lives lost, and the overwhelming majority of of those lives lost are due to criminals who ignore gun bans anyway.
For those who wish to read the peer reviewed and published studies substantiating these facts, see:
“Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun,” Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz, in The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Northwestern University School of Law, Volume 86, Number 1, Fall, 1995
“Guns in the Medical Literature - A Failure of Peer Review.” Dr. Suter, Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia. March 1994.