3Guns are rarely used in self-defence
Advocates for gun rights love to throw this argument around a lot. They have always maintained that the genuine reason for buying a gun is to defend themselves. The numbers and facts though disprove this notion. Out of all mass shootings since 1980, successful intervention by an armed citizen has come to fruition in only 1.6 per cent of all mass shootings. We can even look at all the violent crimes committed and not just mass shootings and the backing for the self-defence notion should be logically obliterated.
Of the 29,618,300 violent crimes committed between 2007 and 2011, 0.79% of victims (235,700) were able to protect themselves with a threat of use or use of a firearm, the least-employed protective behaviour. In 2010 there were just 230 “justifiable homicides” in which a private citizen used a firearm to kill a felon, compared to 8,275 criminal gun homicides. This translates to a grand 36 criminal homicides for every “justifiable homicide”. Of the 84,495,500 property crimes committed between 2007 and 2011, a measly 0.12% of victims (103,000) protected themselves with a threat of use or use of a firearm. Quite the opposite argument for this could be that we should just arm everybody. That should stop people from going berserk with the guns, right? Wrong.