March 17, 2014 by the Staff of StudyCrime.org
Just ask yourself one question: Would it be better to let criminals attack you or your loved ones for the typical 911 call response time of 10 minutes, or better to defend yourself with your firearm within 5 seconds? 10 minutes of beating by a baseball bat will leave you seriously injured or dead. Or perhaps even worse, permanently paralyzed or catastrophically brain-damaged, so that you are a permanent burden on your family and severely limited in your quality of life.
Many people have realized that it would be preferable to defend themselves and their loved ones rather than wait for help that may arrive too late to do anything more than draw the chalk outlines around the bodies. This is why so many people who have never before owned or used firearms have made the rational decision to buy their own guns and learned how to use them safely and tactically in the last couple of decades.
Some people claim it is too difficult to learn to use a firearm safely and effectively, but the real-world data disprove such objections. Learning to defend yourself with a firearm is actually simpler than learning the multitude of controls necessary to drive…and almost anyone can do that with instruction and practice. Studies show that most defenses do not even involve shooting the criminal…simply showing or referring to your firearm is enough to scare the criminal away in most instances. Other criminals give up to be arrested, defender shoots and miss but drive away other criminals, and only a small number of cases depend upon the defender actually hitting the criminal. In only a minuscule 1/5 of 1% (1 out of 500) of defensive shooting cases does the defender actually die.
If you are still wondering whether self-defense is ineffective or excessively risky, take a look at a non-partisan, random data source…YouTube. Use whatever search terms you like, such as “CCW concealed carrier saves woman” or “11yo Girl Defends Home With Rifle From 3 Armed Burglars” or “Man Defends Family & Kills 2 Armed Men Invading His Home” or “two home invaders attacked BOYS house,HE USED A AR-15 to defend himself ” or “Student Uses AR-15 Semi-Automatic Rifle to Stop Home Invasion – Rochester, New York” or “Armed Good Samaritan Praised for Saving Cop’s Life in Shooting Standoff”. You will find hundreds of videos of that nature. Now try to find videos that show armed citizens who are killed by criminals or disarmed by criminals or incidents where armed citizens have accidents that harm innocent bystanders. Hard to find more than a handful.