Expect this study to get buried fairly quickly as it does not fit the narrative. Some quick highlights:
- “Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,”
- “violent crimes, including homicides specifically, have declined in the past five years,” [Note CCW and gun ownership have gone up at the same time]
- “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 per year.”
- “Most felons report obtaining the majority of their firearms from informal sources,”
- “stolen guns account for only a small percentage of guns used by convicted criminals.”
- The majority of firearm deaths are from suicide, not homicide
- “whether gun restrictions reduce firearm-related violence is an unresolved issue,” and that there is no evidence “that passage of right-to-carry laws decrease or increase violence crime.” It also stated that proposed “gun turn-in programs are ineffective.”
The report goes on to advocate smart gun technology, which will be problematic at best.
Overall this report has the potential to make things much more difficult on anti-rights activists. Expect them to ignore it and try to bury it.