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* Based upon Kleck & Gertz estimates of 2.5 million defensive gun uses per year (see source #2). A similar study in 1994 under President Clinton (Source) found this number to be 1.5 million, which would result in guns being used over 47x more often to defend a life than to take one.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 436,000 crimes were committed with a firearm in 2008 (Source). This would mean guns are used 5.7 or 3.4 times (using Kleck or Clinton respectively) more often to defend against a crime than to commit one.

** Comparing violent crime between two countries can sometimes be difficult as each nation defines it differently.

  1. 2010 CDC Report.
  2. Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz, “Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense With a Gun,” 86 The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Northwestern University School of Law, 1 (Fall 1995):
  4. Kleck and Gertz, “Armed Resistance to Crime,” at 185
  5. U.S., Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, “The Armed Criminal in America: A Survey of Incarcerated Felons,” Research Report (July 1985): 27.
  7. "Homicide Statistics 2012". UNODC.
  8. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (pp. 649-694). Volume 30, Number 2:
  10. BBC News:
  11. Wall Street Journal:
  12. USA Today:
  13. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
  14. Newsweek Magazine: Nov 14, 1993:
  15. The Examiner:
  16. Kleck, Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, (1991):111-116, 148.
  18. Gary Kleck, “Crime Control Through the Private Use of Armed Force,” Social Problems 35 (February 1988):15
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