Sunday, November 14, 2004

Crime Statistics: Or why is self-defense an issue?

The next time someone tells you that the ability to defend yourself is not an important issue, tell them it is not a pointless issue to the vicitms of crime.

National Crime Victimization survey, 2003:
  • 198,850 rapes/sexual assaults
  • 1,101,110 Agravated Assualts
  • 3,505,630 Simple Assaults
  • 16,420 murders
During 2003, 76% of all violent crime incidents were committed by an UNarmed offender; 14% of crime was committed by an armed offender using something other than a firearm, while 7% was committed by an offender with a firearm. (And people still claim that guns cause crime.)

We live in a violent society, and I have the right to defend myself. But if you take away effective means, then you have taken away that right.

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