Issues, Politics

Government Study on Guns Confirms They Save Lives

So why is one of the most hard-hitting studies on gun use being kept secret?

You’ll likely be completely unsurprised to learn that regulations bar the Centers for Disease Control from using taxpayer dollars to “advocate or promote gun control.”

That’s why there are no headlines — until now — showing that the CDC’s study proves guns save lives.

In years between 1996 and 1998, guns were used defensively (which is to say in order to stop a crime) 3.6 times more often than they were used in the commission of a crime.

And a new independent study by experts has confirmed those numbers.

So, next time an anti-gun lefty regurgitates the ‘guns kill people’ nonsense, remind them guns save even more people.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

A survey by the Centers for Disease Control on defensive gun use (DGU) in the United States that shows DGU happening more regularly than gun crimes has never been publicized.

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Gary Kleck, a Florida State criminologist, conducted his own study of DGU and his results mirror those of the CDC.

The Daily Caller:

The CDC’s data, collected a few years after Kleck’s survey, appears to corroborate his findings, Reason.com reported. The question asked in the CDC survey addressed the use or threatened use of a firearm to deter a crime. “During the last 12 months, have you confronted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?”

Kleck, upon reviewing the CDC’s data, noted just how close it came to mirroring his own.

The final adjusted prevalence of 1.24% therefore implies that in an average year during 1996–1998, 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense. This estimate, based on an enormous sample of 12,870 cases (unweighted) in a nationally representative sample, strongly confirms the 2.5 million past-12-months estimate obtained Kleck and Gertz (1995)….CDC’s results, then, imply that guns were used defensively by victims about 3.6 times as often as they were used offensively by criminals.

Many gun control advocates have complained about the fact that the CDC is limited with regard to research on gun violence. A 1996 amendment to a spending bill bars the organization from using congressionally allocated funds to “advocate or promote gun control.”

What those fighting for stronger gun-control generally leave out is the fact that the CDC is not barred from doing any research on gun violence — and the research it has done in the last two decades has largely corroborated Kleck’s findings.

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