Summary of “How Often Do People Use Guns In Self-Defense?”

How Often Do People Use Guns In Self-Defense? Many gun owners say the primary reason they own a firearm is self-defense.
Experts have been starkly divided over how often people actually use guns for this purpose.
It’s a common refrain touted by gun rights advocates, who argue that using guns in self-defense can help save lives.
Experts have been divided over how often people actually use guns in self-defense.
The latest data show that people use guns for self-defense only rarely.
Cook told The Washington Post that the percentage of people who told Kleck they used a gun in self-defense is similar to the percentage of Americans who said they were abducted by aliens.
Even if someone wanted to use a gun in self-defense, they probably wouldn’t be very successful, says Mike Weisser, firearms instructor and author of the blog “Mike The Gun Guy.” He says many people who carry a gun aren’t properly trained to use it in this way, and there is no performance validation standard for police officers.
“If we don’t even have a minimum standard, not for training, but for performance validation for our law enforcement,” he says, “How in God’s name is anybody going to say, ‘Well, just because you have a gun in your pocket, you know how to use it in self-defense?’ You don’t.”

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