Myths About Gun Control

Studies | Crime | Regulations

No. 176
Tuesday, December 01, 1992
by Morgan O. Reynolds & W. W. Caruth III

Firearms are used to commit as many as 650,000 crimes each year. But firearms are also used to prevent crimes as many as one million times each year. In fact, criminals are three times more likely to be killed by armed victims who resist them than by the police. Would tougher gun control laws make our lives safer? Fair appraisal of the issue requires us to put aside some common myths.

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