There is a pro-gun rights organization called The Gun Owners of America (GOA is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners).
If you will go to http://www.gunowners.org/fs0404.htm, you will find a very extensive "GUN CONTROL FACT-SHEET" which includes more than 200 footnotes.
The first and most notable of the highlights in this fact sheet reads,
"Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year — or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives."
This statistical fact was documented in the "Kleck and Gertz Study on the Frequency of
Defensive Gun Uses" (http://www.gunsandcrime.org/dgufreq.html).
Yes, each year, right here in America, we have 2,500,000 defensive uses of firearms.
The bottom line is that guns save lives.
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