CDC, in Surveys It Never Bothered Making Public, Provides More Evidence that Plenty of Americans Innocently Defend Themselves with Guns
CDC surveys in the 1990s, never publicly reported, indicate nearly 2.5 million defensive uses of guns a year. That matches the results of Gary Kleck’s controversial surveys, and it indicates more defensive than offensive uses of guns.
Notice the “low” number of 100k the hoplophobes will admit to. Versus what, 30k deaths including suicides?
The link also addresses the myth of the CDC not being allowed to do studies.
Over the course of 25 years that would be 62.5 million DGU’s, or about 20% of the population (of course, some people will have multiple). Statistically, each of us, therefore, should know several people who have had a DGU.
You are assuming Jimmy that each of those cases involved a different defender which is almost certainly not the case.
If you live in a high crime area, travel through them, run a business that is frequently targeted you may well have had to do so many times.
About 90% of DGU’s do not involve gunfire at all and often the “defender” may not even realize they have deterred a potential criminal who realized the target or some other “good guy” present was armed and so the criminal simply decides to go elsewhere for a softer target.
It’s probably considerably higher since most DGU’s will never be reported and many times the “defender” doesn’t even realize they’ve spooked off a potential attacker who realized the target was armed and left.
A few things. I have some experience with the BRFSS, which is how this question was asked. Researches working with CDC can submit questions to be included in the survey. They also use questions in the survey because those questions already meet certain standards and approvals.
It’s unclear in the article how and why this question was included in the BRFSS and how the data was ultimately used. I’m not surprised at all that the findings were never reported or not made public. So I would be hesitant to say that “CDC” withheld findings or imply that “CDC” didn’t like the data because they are evil liberals. There’s a lot going on at CDC and I"m not surprised in the least that work done there didn’t see the light of day.
Also, there is a update in the article that everyone should note …
Ultimately I’d need to do more reading about this. Some of it checks out, some of it doesn’t.