View Single Post
Old July 3, 2011, 05:50 PM   #87
Senior Member
Join Date: July 13, 1999
Posts: 567
I read a summary of a DOJ study a few years ago that actually looked at how crime victims protected themselves, and looked at the rates of injury each defense produced.

Fighting back with a gun produced the lowest rates of serious injury to the victim- the rates were lower than no resistance, as well as every other form of fighting back.

I found a link to the study:

The values are from 1987-1992.

Here's one of the relevant portions:

Self-defense with firearms

*38% of the victims defending themselves with a firearm attacked
the offender, and the others threatened the offender with the

*A fifth of the victims defending themselves with a firearm
suffered an injury, compared to almost half of those who defended
themselves with weapons other than a firearm or who had no weapon.

Care should be used in interpreting these data because many aspects
of crimes--including victim and offender characteristics, crime
circumstances, and offender intent--contribute to the victims'
injury outcomes.

Last edited by BTR; July 3, 2011 at 06:08 PM.
BTR is offline  
Page generated in 0.03199 seconds with 7 queries