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NCJ Number: 157173 Find in a Library
Title: Firearms and Self-Defense
Journal: Annals and the American Academy of Political and Social Science  Volume:539  Dated:(May 1995)  Pages:130-140
Author(s): D McDowall
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines two issues related to firearms and self- defense, namely the prevalence of defensive gun ownership in the U.S. and the incidence of gun use against criminals.
Abstract: The article presents evidence that millions of Americans own firearms for self-defense reasons; defensive gun ownership increases concomitantly with fear of crime and other factors related to collective security. Some studies show that guns are rarely used to kill criminals, but are used much more often in criminal homicides involving family members and acquaintances, and suicides. The author concludes that, even if the existing evidence proved that the risk of gun ownership outweighs its benefits, there would be little impact on gun ownership, as many Americans are attracted by the potential protection afforded by firearms. 1 figure, 3 tables, and 31 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Citizen gun ownership; Self defense; Statistics
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