A new report from Violence Policy Center shoots even more holes in the argument that a well-armed society is a safer society.
The gun lobby often claims that firearms are used for self-defense an estimated 2.5 million times a year. But according to the Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey, the actual number is just a fraction of that.
Guns are used for self defense (both successfully and unsuccessfully) by less than 1 percent of all violent crime victims:
The typical gun is more likely to be stolen than to be used in an attempt to stop a crime.
In another twist on the self-defense argument, the NRA likes to claim that women in particular need guns to guard against bullies and rapists. But crime statistics unearthed by the Violence Policy Center indicate that only about 10 percent of those who shoot people in self defense are women.