As multitudes of politicians, pundits, and talking heads demand gun control, they cite endless stats, often misrepresented, about the damage and destruction caused by guns. Noticeably absent from their arguments, however, is the number of lives saved by guns and gun ownership every year.
It is very difficult to calculate how many lives are saved by guns. One reason being that proving something didn’t happen is quite a challenge. Additionally, studies that defend gun ownership are often silenced and censored. Still, it happens every day; gun-owning citizens protect their families and the lives of others by legally and responsibly possessing a gun and using it when necessary. It won’t make headlines, so you’ll have to Google it. But the truth is out there.
A 2015 study conducted by Harvard professors of criminology found that nations with strict laws against gun ownership and fewer guns among the citizenry have substantially higher murder rates than nations where gun ownership is somewhat common. In fact, the nine European countries with the lowest rate of gun ownership have a combined murder rate 3x higher than that of the nine countries with the highest rate of gun ownership.