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99.995% of Firearms Not Used for Gun Homicides Each Year

Posted by on Apr. 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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99.995% of Firearms Not Used for Gun Homicides Each Year Kyle Becker On April 15, 2013 https://twitter.com/kylenbecker There are 270 million guns in the United States (or about 89 for every 100 citizens). In 2011, there were 8,583 firearms homicides, down from 11,078 in 2010 (a decrease of 22.6%). Thus, of the population of 270 million firearms, only about .003 percent are used for homicides (not accounting for the chance that multiple guns are used in some homicides). Let’s say for the sake of argument an average of 1.6 guns are used for each homicide, a not unrealistic estimate. In that case, we will push the stat up to about .005 percent. That means around 99.995% of guns are not used for homicides each year in the United States. If guns actually caused murders, nearly 90% of the U.S. population would have been killed last year. Instead, only 0.0027 percent of the population were killed by people with firearms. In addition, if a moderate estimate of 52 million households (45% of them) have firearms, then the straight statistical odds of a firearm in a household being used in a gun homicide each year is .016 percent of all households. And a tragic example of how one person with one or two guns can commit a multiple victim shooting is that of Adam Lanza. Although such data are hard to ascertain exactly, a journal article published at Northwestern in 1993 provides a good rule of thumb on how many guns are used in self-defense per household: 0.5%. That means a gun is 32 times more likely to be used in self-defense than in a homicide per household. Because the recent push for new gun control legislation turns on the incidence of firearms-related homicides, this article is only addressing that issue.
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trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Apr. 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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And 99.999 percent of cars are not used by drunk drivers to kill people.  Should we not keep drunk driving illegal?  99.999999% of Muslims are not terrorists.  99.9999% of Baptists are not the WBC. 

Carpy
by Platinum Member on Apr. 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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Yes we should just as we should keep murder illegal. if we apply your rationale then we should ban cars because sometimes people do illegal things with them.:

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And 99.999 percent of cars are not used by drunk drivers to kill people.  Should we not keep drunk driving illegal?  99.999999% of Muslims are not terrorists.  99.9999% of Baptists are not the WBC. 

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buttersworth
by Bronze Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 11:14 PM
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drunk driving is not mentioned in the constitution. the right to bear arms is.

your other references are kinda weird, it doesn't apply

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And 99.999 percent of cars are not used by drunk drivers to kill people.  Should we not keep drunk driving illegal?  99.999999% of Muslims are not terrorists.  99.9999% of Baptists are not the WBC. 


 

BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

  Just proves that American have bee misinformed,mislead and bamboozled.  Gun restrictions as a crime deterrent  are a big lie. 

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM
Guess we won't be seeing the statistic in the news anytime soon.
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