Right to Bear Arms
SELF-DEFENCE GUN USE (SDGU)
Proposition: "Compared to other protective actions, the National Crime Victimization Surveys provide little evidence that SDGU is uniquely beneficial in reducing the likelihood of injury or property loss."
Of over 14,000 incidents in which the victim was present, 127 (0.9%) involved a SDGU. SDGU was more common among males, in rural areas, away from home, against male offenders and against offenders with a gun. After any protective action, 4.2% of victims were injured; after SDGU, 4.1% of victims were injured. In property crimes, 55.9% of victims who took protective action lost property, 38.5% of SDGU victims lost property, and 34.9% of victims who used a weapon other than a gun lost property.
Response: The above study did not publish data about the impact on offenders, which is significantly higher for SDGU than others nor did it survey the deterrent factor to offenders selecting a victim likely to SGDU versus unarmed targets. It refers only to the victims who took protective action (i.e. confronting and fighting the offender). The SDGU victims were much more successful in defending their property even versus the unarmed but pro-active victims. The unarmed pro-active victims were mostly male and often not alone. If anything these results show it's effective to fight back against an offender; and most effective if you're physically able to 'win' the encounter. The study also illustrates how few incidents occurred when the victim was present.