“Good Guys With Guns, Saving Lives”

The headline is a direct quote form FOX news and worth a few statistics.

First, it is unclear just how many criminals are shot during an attempted “victimization” as crimes are called in some circles. Some DA’s are shy about declaring a self defense case justifiable, and will hold a case open for months or years, creating a giganti puzzle.

It appears approximately 1200 malefactors are shot dead, and 8,500 wind up with bullet holes, but there is more uncertainty than I like in that number.

But there is no uncertainty in prison surveys that have shown the possible preesence of a gun stopped 2,200,000 crimes in 1982, 4,000,000 in 1995, 7 million in 2005, and between eight and 11 million from 2011 to 2017.

And while the percentage of crimes stopped with a shot is relatively small, it adds ssignificantly to many police departments “cleared by arrest” numbers.

and the danger form allowing “untrained people to have a gun?”

Well, in round numbers 500,000 Texas License to Carry Holder were convicted were convicted of just 145 crimes, or s one crime for every 3,378 permit holders. Looking at the crimes they were convicted reveals the fact that LTC holders who commit crimes generally commit non-violent crimes.

Something we cannot say about the 42,797 Texas residents who did not have an LTC and were convicted of a cirme. or 1 in 473. That is who did not possess a License To Carry were convicted of.

Gun owners are the most law abiding segment of society – and the possible presence of a gun substantially suppresses crime.

And that’s a fact.

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