Seems to be more articles on the subject of firearms popping up lately. Linked below and provided by the International Business Times is an article alleging a new study by the Violence Policy Center. I say alleged because this has been published before elsewhere and crops up every once in a while. The study wants to claim that few defensive firearm uses occur each year because the bad guys are not shot dead that often by the intended victim.
Is the NRA wrong? New study shows guns rarely used for self-defense
International Business Times
April 22, 2016
On the other side of the coin we have this from 1997. Dr. Kleck puts the number of defensive uses at somewhere between 1.5 and 2.5 million per year. Other studies have also generated similar results.
Guns and Self-Defense
By Gary Kleck, Ph.D.
Copyright © 1997 by Walter de Gruyter, Inc., New York.
This is a lengthy read but most germane to this thread are the comments and reports that most defensive firearms use does not involve the criminal being shot, and if they are shot the shooting is not fatal. Rather negates the report from the Violence Policy Center which seems to claim that there is little defensive firearms use because of the low rate of fatal shootings in such uses.
In other words, count all of the defensive uses not just the ones in which the criminal is fatally shot.
Answer to the lead in article title - No, the NRA is not incorrect.
(Editorial remark - Been a while since I have done much rummaging through my list of favorites and I find many URL’s now have faded away and most annoying is since the government agency realignment after 2001 other URL’s were changed as an agency moved to another department and so on. Now I need to try and locate those reports again.:banghead:)