By the Numbers: Guns Used in Self-Defense

[photo from survivaloperations.com

Amidst the din of gun control initiatives and executive orders this week, sometimes we need to be reminded how important it is for individuals to be able to defend themselves. This story from dailycaller.com proffers some interesting statistics regarding concealed carriers and armed private citizens.

According to the story, at least 283 potential victims used firearms to stop criminal attacks between July 2014 and July 2015. The article specifically goes on to address President Obama's assertion in his address to the nation on Tuesday regarding gun control that there are more than 30,000 gun deaths in the U.S. each year. As the story points out, 60 percent of those are suicides.

This is not the first time Obama has quoted these numbers, nor is it the first time he's been refuted. As we reported in October, studies have shown that gun control policies only serve to reduce the number of suicides committed with firearms, not the number of suicides overall. When people are intent on committing suicide, they go through with it, one way or another. For example, Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, nearly double that of the U.S., but also some of the strictest gun control laws of any nation.

The dailercaller.com story goes on to point out that 6 percent of that 30,000 are gang-related homicides, and 3 percent are accidents.

From the story: "The (Daily Caller News Foundation) found that a noteworthy number of kids, the elderly, and women successfully defended themselves against criminal by use of gun fire. The DCNF analyzed 195 random incidents where gun owners used firearms to save their lives, and often the lives of others. We wanted to know, not just how many perpetrators were killed, but how many potential victims were saved."

“…In 74 cases, it was unknown how many potential victims were present but it can be assumed there was at least one," it continued. "If the 74 potential victims followed the same distribution as the other cases, then the number of potential victims would die at least 335.”

The data collected by The Daily Caller also shows that a little less than a third of the people defending themselves with guns were women. Of the 173 cases where gender is known, 133 were male and 40 were female.

The story has an interactive map that lets you see the results from specific data points around the country as well as dropdown categories.

The data also reveals that most incidents don't involve a death and that they occur most often in the home.