From the CDC comes a report that proves just how wrong on gun rights the Left is, at Guns.com, we find this nugget
The Committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence, under the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently published a study of findings related to violence and guns. Some of the results may come as a shock – to those on both sides of the gun control argument.
The study was conducted as part of the 23 Executive Actions signed by President Obama in January in an effort to reduce gun violence. The order specifically called to “issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.”
Who says everything Obama does is bad? Certainly this study reveals some very crucial information about defensive gun uses, and confirms our basic right to own guns
“An individual’s right to own and possess guns was established in the U.S. Constitution and affirmed in the 2008 and 2010 Supreme Court rulings in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago.”
OK very good, but now, the best parts
According to the study, “Unintentional firearm-related deaths have steadily declined during the past century.” Accidental deaths resulting from firearms accounted for less than one percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.
“Mass shootings are a highly visible and moving tragedy, but represent only a small fraction of total firearm-related violence. … It is also apparent that some mass murder incidents are associated with suicides. However, the characteristics of suicides associated with mass murders are not understood.”
The Left has done their best to convince us that mass shootings are on the rise, they are not. The Left also has consistently mocked the very idea of Americans using guns in self-defense, David Frum, every Democrat’s favorite Republican has also made light of the idea that many Americans use guns to stop crimes. OH David, facts can be really inconvemient
Yet the study also looked at the effect of having firearms available for self-defense, and found that firearms are much more likely to be used in a defensive manner rather than for criminal or violent activity.
“Defensive uses of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed. Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.”
It was also discovered that when guns are used in self-defense the victims consistently have lower injury rates than those who are unarmed, even compared with those who used other forms of self-defense.
OUCH! That has to sting the gun grabbers on the Left. Allow me to make that sting last a bit longer. Given the lowest estimate of 500,000 defensive gun uses, and given that there are 365 days in a year, we can say that AT LEAST 1,370 Americans use firearms to defend themselves against criminals EVERY DAY! If you take the highest estimate, you get a total of 8,219 per day. Likely the real number is somewhere in between those two numbers. Any way you look at it though, numbers do not lie. The violent crime rate would be MUCH higher if the Left had their way.