Citizens Use Guns for Self-Defense up to 3 Million Times a Year
Updated: May 14
Now you can interact with a map which shows self-defense examples from the Heritage Foundation.
The data base shows reported examples around the country, but the organization says the vast number of self-defense incidents in which a gun is used are never reported.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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.
This database, therefore, is not intended to be comprehensive. Instead, it highlights just a fraction of the incredible number of times Americans relied on the Second Amendment—not the government getting there in time—to protect their inalienable rights. Despite the limitations on data, these confirmed cases of defensive gun use help prove that the “good guy with a gun” is not a myth, but an integral part of American society.