On July 6, Gabby Giffords’ gun control group retweeted NPR criticism of the “good guy with a gun” scenario and described claims of armed citizens defending themselves as a “myth”, Breitbart reports.
The latest data show that people use guns for self-defense only rarely. According to a Harvard University analysis of figures from the National Crime Victimization Survey, people defended themselves with a gun in nearly 0.9 percent of crimes from 2007 to 2011.
David Hemenway, who led the Harvard research, argues that the risks of owning a gun outweigh the benefits of having one in the rare case where you might need to defend yourself.
“The average person … has basically no chance in their lifetime ever to use a gun in self-defense,” he tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young. “But … every day, they have a chance to use the gun inappropriately. They have a chance, they get angry. They get scared.” NPR
Hemenway clearly has a biased agenda and 0 real world training and understanding of firearms and self-defense. The whole point of self-defense is that a person hopes they will never have to use a firearm for self-defense!
These are blatant propaganda and lies, statistics that are skewed for their own agenda and their own propaganda.
Hemenway also fails to even acknowledge how many firearms used by “good guys” have been pulled in self-defense but never a shot fired, because the training and situation was resolved simply by the “good-guy” pulling the firearm and having the training and mind-set to not fire.
The “good guy with a gun” narrative is a myth meant to scare people into buying guns for self-defense.
The truth? People rarely use guns for self-defense. Read more: https://t.co/JiRK3zkvkl
— Giffords (@GiffordsCourage) July 6, 2018
Mainstream media does not cover the real news that happens every day in the U.S. when it comes to firearms and self-defense. It simply does not fit their gun confiscation agenda and fear-bait for the sheep.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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