No surprise, gun nuts and right wingers are calling on pastors to arm themselves. What a wonderful world they want us to live in.
But the truth is, guns are rarely used for self defense. There were only 259 “justifiable homicides” involving a private citizen reported in 2012, compared to 8,342 criminal homicides committed with a gun. And that’s not even counting suicides and accidental deaths.
Contrary to what the gun lobby argues, personal firearms in the United States are rarely used for self-defense, a gun control advocacy group said Wednesday.
In an analysis of FBI and other federal government data, the non-profit Violence Policy Center said Americans are far more likely to hurt themselves or others when handling a lethal weapon.
In 2012, it said, only 259 “justifiable homicides” involving a private citizen were reported, compared to 8,342 criminal homicides committed with a gun.
Put another way, for every justifiable homicide involving a gun, 32 criminal homicides carried out with a firearm occurred. And that does not take into account “tens of thousands” of gun-related suicides and unintentional shootings.