Scholars will argue about how much and how often, but the good news is that law abiding gun owners continue to save lives.
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I know it is the Holidays, but put on your detective hat for a second. How do we know guns save lives? We know a gun was used when the criminal was shot by the victim. The evidence is pretty obvious. The same situation isn’t clear if the attack stops with no shots fired. That confusion is a major reason the self-defense statistics are inconsistent from report to report. We can’t even define when a gun was used in self-defense. Do guns stop crime or not? Well, Sherlock, what do you think? Here are some recent examples to test you.
– In one case, a contractor was working on an empty house. A criminal walked in, picked up a crowbar, and threatened the contractor. The contractor presented his licensed handgun and the criminal fled. The police called it an attempted robbery. The contractor thinks it is a defensive gun use (DGU), even though he didn’t pull the trigger. The criminal knows exactly why he changed his mind and ran. What do you deduce?