What are the chances I’ll need a gun?

Here goes that Tom Givens character again, citing facts and drawing logical conclusions.

In reply to the following statement: ‘The statistical likelihood of a defensive gun use, shots fired or not, is small compared to the likelihood of an injury [from a] car wreck’, he said:

“I would disagree with this. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2009 there were 2,250,808 motor vehicle accident related deaths and/or injuries. According to the same source, in 2009 there were 2,621,100 murders, rapes, armed robberies and aggravated assaults. Every one of those violent crimes was a potential DGU, IF the victim simply had enough sense to be armed.

This rant … is directed at the people I constantly hear telling me that ‘the odds of needing my gun are one in a million.’ They are not.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics victimization survey, the violent crimes reported to police don’t even come close to the true number. For 2007, the BJS estimates there were over 5.6 million violent crimes (murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault). That is one for every 54 people in the country. Again, every one of those would be a legitimate cause for a DGU, if the victim were armed.”

From Claude Werner’s Facebook page.


2 thoughts on “What are the chances I’ll need a gun?

  1. this makes me want to know how many of those vehicle accidents are the equivalent of “self-inflicted”.. i’d be willing to bet that the number of self-inflicted gunshot wounds and accidental woundings in comparison to justified intentional defensive gun uses are much lower than the number of those auto accidents that only involve one vehicle.. you would think, given the anti-gun lobby’s “protect the masses” mantra, that they would be rallying against cars too.. but they wont.. can you imagine the chances of seeing ole Rush Limbaugh and crew on the bus because their car was outlawed.. 😦

    • If we look at data about what’s “dangerous” out there, what’s actually killing people, guns aren’t as high on the list as some would like to think. I mean, look at how much dihydrogen monoxide kills… yet somehow that’s perfectly legal, even for kids to buy and be exposed to.

      They don’t care about “protecting the masses”.

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