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I have a problem with "There are 20 times more defensive gun uses than criminal uses"

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jlbraun, Feb 21, 2007.

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  1. jlbraun

    jlbraun Member

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    Would that mean that only 5% of defensive uses involved defending against a gun? That doesn't seem right.
     
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    It means that law abiding citizen use guns to stop a crime 20 times more often than a gun is used to commit a crime.
     
  3. jlbraun

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    I think I have it.

    Consider: It's a given that there are between one million and 2.5 million uses of guns to prevent a crime, and between 50,000 and 125,000 crimes committed with them.

    What this means is - the defensive gun uses could all have been defenses against a gun, and those would still count as crimes prevented, not crimes committed. The proportion of defensive gun uses against a criminal with a gun could be 100% or 5%, and it would still count as a defensive gun use, not a crime committed.
     
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    A better way to look at it is like this: More than 99% of all guns in America will not be used in a crime this year.
     
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    We in the same island Saludos. :D
     
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    Defensive uses of a gun include situations other than those to defend against guns.

    A gun might be used to defend against an attacker with a baseball bat or knife, for example. A gun is often used to defend against furry or venomous non-humans as well.
     
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