Thursday, December 20, 2012

The great debate over guns and self-defense

An 18-year-old study estimated that Americans used guns to defend themselves more than two million times per year.

The figure has since been ridiculed by other researchers, e.g.,

The Gun Debate's New Mythical Number: How Many Defensive Uses Per Year?
Philip J. Cook; Jens Ludwig; David Hemenway
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 16, No. 3, Special Issue: The New Public
Management in New Zealand and beyond. (Summer, 1997), pp. 463-469.
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ALl the same, the NRA still throws the figure in critics' faces, e.g.,

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