The Facts, and Nothing But the Facts

  Myth: You are more likely to be injured or killed using a gun for self defense.

Fact: You are far more likely to survive a violent assault if you defend yourself with a gun. {The Value of Civilian Handgun Possession as a Deterrent to Crime or a Defense Against Crime, Don B. Kates, 1991, American Journal of Criminal Law}


Myth: Police are our protection. People don’t need guns.police-car2

Fact: Just in 2010 there were 14,748 murder victims, 367,832 robbery victims, and 84,767 rape victims that the police could not protect. The police can be in most places in minutes, but this is when seconds count. {Crime in the US 2010, FBI}


Myth: High capacity magazines lead to more deadly shootings.magazine

Fact: The number of shots fired by criminals has not changed significantly, even with the increased capacity of hand guns and other firearms. In fact, the number of shots from revolvers and semi automatics were about the same. 2.04 to 2.53 shots each, respectively. {Urban Firearm Deaths: A five year perspective, Michael McGonical, John Cole, William Schwab, Donald Kauder, Michael Rotondo, Peter Angwood, Journal of Trauma, 1993.} From 1974 to 1995 when gun ownership was rising at its fastest rates, fatal shootings declined from 4.3 to 3.3 percent. {FBI Uniform Crime Statisics, 1966-1995.} From 1988 to 1993 fatal shootings of police officers declined as well. {Firearm Injury From Crime, Marianne Zawtiz, 1996, Bureau of Justice Statistics.}


Myth: Gun owners are a tiny minority.

gun ownershipFact: In 2006, The Federal Government estimated that there were 65 million gun owners in the U.S. and that more than 50% were handgun owners. This number could also be greatly underestimated due to the fact that some gun owners are reluctant to admit to a government agency that they in fact own a gun. {BATFE, 1997.} In a poll from 2006 43% of Americans claimed they were gun owners. {Gallup Poll, Oct 20, 2006.}


Myth: One out of five police officers killed, are killed with assault weapons.

Fact: Only 1% of police officers murdered were killed with “assault weapons.” They are much more likely to be killed with their own duty weapon. {Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted FBI, 1994.} A Federal Government Study from 2006 showed zero “Assault Weapons” were used to kill Police Officers. {Violent Encounters: A Study of Felonious Assaults on Our Nation’s Law Enforcement Officers, U.S. Justice Department, Aug 2006.}


Myth: Assault Weapons are favored by criminals.

Fact: One study showed only 6.8 percent of State Inmates used anything classified (even incorrectly) as an “Assault Weapon” and 2.4 percent carried a fully automatic rifle when committing the current offense. {Firearm Use by Offenders, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Nov 2001.}


The fact of the matter is that laws only affect the law abiding citizens, and criminals, by definition, are not law abiding. They do not obey laws against robbery, murder, and rape. Personally, I am not against reasonable gun laws that make sense and actually fix a problem. The problem is, whose version of reasonable are we talking about? By adding more gun laws that only make our Law Makers and Anti Gunners feel good, but do not actually fix a problem, it only puts us at greater risk and gives the criminals the power they need to do their dirty work. The anti gunners cannot win the argument on the facts; they have only emotions to go on. When you are acting on emotions, you are not thinking clearly or rationally, and it is probably not the time you need to be making a decision that could affect your or anyone else’s safety. Owning or carrying a gun is not enough; you need to continually work on your skills. Go to the local gun range, take a personally safety class, do something! You are your first responder. Train like your life depends on it, because someday it just might.