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Think 'Defensive Gun Use' Is a Myth? Think Again

Almost nobody willingly reports they used a firearm to stop the commission of a crime unless it really happened

by Michael Walsh

February 19, 2015 - 12:25 pm

No matter how times you try to explain to a liberal ninny why more guns = less crime, and that good guys with guns are just the fellas bad guys with guns never want to encounter, some lefties just won't learn:

It's deja vu all over again. In a recent Politico Magazine article, Evan DeFillipis and Devin Hughes resuscitate criticisms of a survey on defensive gun use that I conducted with my colleague Marc Gertz way back in 1993-the National Self-Defense Survey (NSDS). The authors repeat, item for item, speculative criticisms floated by a man named David Hemenway in 1997 and repeated endlessly since. The conclusion these critics drew is that our survey grossly overestimated the frequency of defensive gun use (DGU), a situation in which a crime victim uses a gun to threaten or attack the offender in self-defense. But what DeFillipis and Hughes carefully withheld from readers is the fact that I and my colleague have refuted every one of Hemenway's dubious claims, and those by other critics of the NSDS, first in 1997, and again, even more extensively, in 1998 and 2001...

So what does research on the flaws in surveys of crime-related behaviors tell us? It consistently indicates that survey respondents underreport (1) crime victimization experiences, (2) gun ownership and (3) their own illegal behavior. While it is true that a few respondents overstate their crime-related experiences, they are greatly outnumbered by those who understate them, i.e. those who falsely deny having the experience when in fact they did. In sum, research tells us that surveys underestimate the frequency of crime victimizations, gun possession and self-reported illegal behavior.

In other words, almost nobody willingly reports they used a firearm to stop the commission of a crime unless it really happened.

Read more: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/02/19/think-defensive-gun-use-is-a-myth-think-again/#ixzz3SUEV8UvB