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“Yet for each incident of a random gun owner with a legal permit just happening to be at the right place at the right time to play hero, there are hundreds and hundreds of incidents with no gun-wielding heroes.”

“ Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed (Cook and Ludwig, 1996; Kleck, 2001a). Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million (Kleck, 2001a), in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008 (BJS, 2010). On the other hand, some scholars point to a radically lower estimate of only 108,000 annual defensive uses based on the National Crime Victimization Survey (Cook et al., 1997). The variation in these numbers remains a controversy in the field. The estimate of 3 million defensive uses per year is based on an extrapolation from a small number of responses taken from more than 19 national surveys. The former estimate of 108,000 is difficult to interpret because respondents were not asked specifically about defensive gun use.”

Perhaps you should stop going by your own gut instinct of what “you know as truth.”

This whole piece reeks of someone who got picked on by jocks in high school, but took solace in at least being smarter than them, then wound up shaping their whole identity around the perception that they’re always the smartest person in the room, before going out into a world where that perception is no longer accurate.

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