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The Reason for Self-Defense

August 21, 2017

Someone asked me if I carried a gun and if they should carry one too.  I can show you the numbers, but you have to translate facts and figures into the lives of people you love.

The good news is that you are unlikely to be the victim of a violent crime in the US today.  That said, crime is likely to affect your family.  The odds are about one-in-three that you’ll ever be a victim of violence.  That is the average for the US as a whole, but your odds may be different depending on where you live and what you do.  Some cities are safer than others.  The odds are less than 0ne-in-twenty if you live in low-crime cities like Chandler, Arizona or Plano, Texas.  The odds are about one-in-two if you live in Baltimore, Maryland.  You have even odds if you live in Saint Louis, Missouri.  You can see how the city near you stacks up.  Do those numbers matter?

Those odds don’t determine your future.  You are much less likely to be a victim of violence if you don’t do drugs and can stay away from people who do.  Sometimes that is impossible and trouble finds you even when you go out of your way to avoid it.  

Ultimately, deciding to be armed and trained isn’t about statistics.  It is about feelings rather than facts.  I don’t want to see my friends or family hurt.  You don’t either.  If you want to know if you should go armed, then read about the victims of crime rather than studying  statistics.  Going armed won’t change the probability of an attack, but it can change the outcome.  You can refuse to be a victim.

Now that I’ve told you that numbers don’t matter, let me leave you with another data point.  If I read the statistics correctly, researchers couldn’t find a single sexual assault victim who defended themselves with a gun and was then raped.

That isn’t a coincidence.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Fred permalink
    August 22, 2017 5:08 am

    The right to self defense is a human right. The right to self carry is a corollary to this human right.

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