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In my opinion, this is the red herring that gun advocates like to lean on. When is the last time any gun owner on this board had to use their weapon to defend themselves or their families? My guess is that the answer is close to never. - dsemmler


The 2A guarantees the individual right to own a firearm so no reason needs to be given.

However, to provide some perspective on DGU in the United States, here are the statistics.

Defensive Gun Uses in the U.S.

All of the law-abiding citizens featured in this database successfully defended their liberties, lives, or livelihoods with the lawful use of a firearm. These cases are not based on hearsay, but on verifiable reports found through public sources.

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.

... more at link

And worth noting is a rhetorical question, "How many crimes were not attempted because the would be criminal decided it was too risky because the intended victim might be armed.

What do you say to the 500,000 to 3,000,000 citizens each year who defend themselves, "Go ahead and let the criminal have his way with you and hope that he doesn't kill you in the process."

Just because you think guns are icky and would never own one does not give you the right to prevent me from owning one.
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