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February 16, 2012
Study: Gun Owners Prevent Crime - 12

A Cato Institute white paper states that "tens of thousands of crimes" are prevented each year in the United States by legally armed citizens exercising their Second Amendment right to self-defense.

The 58-page study, "Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens," was released in early February. In it, authors Clayton Cramer and David Burnett analyzed news articles recounting the defensive use of firearms over an eight-year span.

According to the study's findings, in the vast majority of self-defense cases, the gun is never fired--its presence in the hands of a would-be victim or witness resulted in thwarting a crime or detaining criminals until they were taken into custody by law enforcement.

Tim Lynch, director of Cato's Project on Criminal Justice, writes that among the study's significant conclusions is the statistical confirmation that, "The defensive use of guns happens much more often than most people realize," and, "Each year gun owners prevent a great deal of criminal mayhem – murders, rapes, batteries, and robberies."

For more, go to:
-- New Cato Study: Tough Targets
-- Self-defense report cheered by Second Amendment advocates
-- Guns and Self Defense
-- Counting the Defensive Use of Firearms
-- When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens
-- 58-page white paper

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Hi...

"Tens of thousands of crimes are stopped" are the words I like to hear...and from the Cato Institute, too.

Blessed be the citizen gun owners, for they will secure the peace...!!

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from captjim wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Kudos to Cato. I'm sure they knew the outcome of this study before they even started but just wanted to make it official. I hope they cram it down the throat of every anti-gun zealot in Washington starting with Shummer, Fienstien, Kerry, and Obama. And don't forget Bloombuthole over in the rotten apple, the land of 2 million dollar public toilets.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Blue Ox:
Yeah, but the European Union says it doesn't hydrate. You could look it up, as Casey Stengel used to say.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I guess the lefties don't read the "Armed Citizen" in the NRA's magazine. Remember, these stories there come from daily newspapers, not the the NRA.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Gun owners prevent crime???
NewsFlash!! This just in: Water is wet!

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from MazPower wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Very cool, like a long in-depth version of 'The Armed Citizen'.

This is like releasing a study confirming that the earth is round, and that it revolves around the sun.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Hey 6P, that would certainly work better than those "No Guns Allowed" signs; which roughly translate- 'safe to rob, rape and kill."
later,
charlie

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I wonder if wearing camoflage,N.R.A STICKERS,AND SMITH +WESSON insurance might also be considered a red flag to some of the brighter criminal minded?

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from officerdom1987 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Now if we could only get colleges to allow permit holders to carry within discretion it would stop all these massacres on campus

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from Johnnie wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Yes Piney, now if only the propagandist media would put these findings to the air waves and print. We won't be holding our breathe on this one.
Charlie..... Yep, who would have ever thought armed citizens would or could prevent crimes from happening.... most of the time without firing a shot!

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from pineywoods wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Now, if we could only get the (liberal, left wing, gun hating, hysterical) media to publicise this and similar studies, we'd be getting somewhere, but good luck with that. I'll just keep on being an armed citizen.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

What a shock! Who'd have thought!?
(offered sarcastically)
later,
charlie

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I wonder if wearing camoflage,N.R.A STICKERS,AND SMITH +WESSON insurance might also be considered a red flag to some of the brighter criminal minded?

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

What a shock! Who'd have thought!?
(offered sarcastically)
later,
charlie

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Gun owners prevent crime???
NewsFlash!! This just in: Water is wet!

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from pineywoods wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Now, if we could only get the (liberal, left wing, gun hating, hysterical) media to publicise this and similar studies, we'd be getting somewhere, but good luck with that. I'll just keep on being an armed citizen.

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from Johnnie wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Yes Piney, now if only the propagandist media would put these findings to the air waves and print. We won't be holding our breathe on this one.
Charlie..... Yep, who would have ever thought armed citizens would or could prevent crimes from happening.... most of the time without firing a shot!

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Hey 6P, that would certainly work better than those "No Guns Allowed" signs; which roughly translate- 'safe to rob, rape and kill."
later,
charlie

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from officerdom1987 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Now if we could only get colleges to allow permit holders to carry within discretion it would stop all these massacres on campus

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I guess the lefties don't read the "Armed Citizen" in the NRA's magazine. Remember, these stories there come from daily newspapers, not the the NRA.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Blue Ox:
Yeah, but the European Union says it doesn't hydrate. You could look it up, as Casey Stengel used to say.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Kudos to Cato. I'm sure they knew the outcome of this study before they even started but just wanted to make it official. I hope they cram it down the throat of every anti-gun zealot in Washington starting with Shummer, Fienstien, Kerry, and Obama. And don't forget Bloombuthole over in the rotten apple, the land of 2 million dollar public toilets.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from MazPower wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Very cool, like a long in-depth version of 'The Armed Citizen'.

This is like releasing a study confirming that the earth is round, and that it revolves around the sun.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Hi...

"Tens of thousands of crimes are stopped" are the words I like to hear...and from the Cato Institute, too.

Blessed be the citizen gun owners, for they will secure the peace...!!

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