Why the Center for Disease Control would be tracking gun use aside (shouldn’t the FBI be doing that if any part of the federal government is), a study conducted back in the Clinton years and the results are just now released to the public confirms that firearms are used quite often as a defensive measure.
Now, a CDC study conducted on data from 1996, 1997, and 1998 has been uncovered. The study, which was never released to the public, shows approximately 2.46 million DGUs per year.
Kleck summarized the CDC findings:
In 1996, 1997, and 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted large-scale national surveys asking about defensive gun use (DGU). They never released the findings or even acknowledged they had studied the topic. I obtained the unpublished raw data and computed the prevalence of DGU. CDC’s findings indicated that an average of 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense in each of the years from 1996 through 1998 – almost exactly confirming the estimate for 1992 of Kleck and Gertz (1995). Possible reasons for CDC’s suppression of these findings are discussed.
Gary Kleck, the man who uncovered the study after having claimed for decades that hundreds of thousands of defensive gun uses occurred every year, also claims that there is no empirical evidence to dispute his claims or this study. That is the trick with those who want gun control. They can never seem to deal with raw data that says their position runs counter to the way firearms are actually used.
If this study done decades ago runs counter to the narrative that the mainstream media has been feeding America and the world about guns, what else is being covered up by the government?. It’s rather curious that this information would come out while the gun grabbers are doing their best to drum up demand for their pet project.