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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost every major study on defensive gun use has found that Americans use their firearms defensively between 500,000 and 3 million times each year. There’s good reason to believe that most defensive gun uses are never reported to law enforcement, much less picked up by local or national media outlets.

I believe the you previously said that you could not trust the numbers that people report on gun ownership because it was an undercount. This is true
Similarly gun owners are apt to overstate defensive usage. I think this is far more prevalent. The gun owners I know all have stories of how they defended themselves. I think this is part invention and exaggeration but also a good amount of perception. If you go out prepared for trouble you will tend to see situation in those terms.
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