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99.995% of guns are not used in crimes each year

15-Apr-2013

 

...In addition, if a moderate estimate of 52 million households (45% of them) have firearms, then the straight statistical odds of a firearm in a household being used in a gun homicide each year is .016 percent of all households. And a tragic example of how one person with one or two guns can commit a multiple victim shooting is that of Adam Lanza.

 

 

Although such data are hard to ascertain exactly, a journal article published at Northwestern in 1993 provides a good rule of thumb on how many guns are used in self-defense per household: 0.5%. That means a gun is 32 times more likely to be used in self-defense than in a homicide per household....

 

 

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