Why? Because the Centers for Disease Control never publicized it.
The agency sat on this information for years. The unpublished CDC Study confirms there are nearly 2.5 million defensive gun use situations per year. A lot higher than 100,000, which is the low-ball number leftists have been throwing around recently.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlUBJiem5Q4] This study was conducted on data collected from 1996, 1997 and 1998. The question was part of the yearly Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Respondents were asked this question, “During the last 12 months, have you confronted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?”
So this study confirmed what Florida State criminologist Gary Kleck has been saying for many years based on his research. He estimated that the number was around 2.2 million a year, so he wasn’t too far off.
The anti-gun lobby tried to write him off as an unreliable source. Another fact the anti-gun lobby glosses over is that the majority of gun deaths are mostly suicide, around 60 percent. Guns don’t kill people, psychotic lunatics do and the rest of us protect ourselves legally — apparently at least 2.5 million times a year.
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