Using Guns For Self Defense Essay

1073 Words Dec 15th, 2015 5 Pages
This brings us to the topic of using guns for self-defense. Guns are used by citizens for self-defense over 2.5 million times yearly. This means that firearms are used 80 times more often to protect a life than to take one. Less than 8% of the time, citizens kill or seriously wound their attacker. Most simply fire a warning shot to scare off the attacker. According to a 1993 survey, citizens use guns 162,000 times per year for defense in a situation where they almost definitely would have been killed had they not acted.
According to a U.S. Justice Department study, three out of five criminals will not attack a citizen that they know is armed. This shows that just having a gun deters crime. This fact becomes especially relevant when one considers the crime rates from a U.S. Justice Department Statistics technical report. This report stated that 43% of Americans will be the victim of a violent crime. 83% will be a victim of either a completed violent crime or an attempted violent crime, and 52% will be the victim of an attempted or completed violent crime multiple times in their life. Every year, over 200,000 women use a gun to defend themselves against rape or sexual abuse. These statistics are frightening, and they show that guns are absolutely necessary in today’s society for the purpose of self-defense.
According to University of Tennessee law Professor Glenn Reynolds, “If there’s someone present with a gun when a mass shooting begins, the shooter is likely to be shot…

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