How many lives are actually saved by gun ownership? This is a supremely important question that the grandstanders and ideologues usually—and conveniently—ignore.
Dramatic video shows two men assaulting a security guard outside a McDonald’s in Chicago. What that security guard did just moments into the attack has sent the footage viral.
The security guard is a war veteran and the attackers didn’t expect to face someone who know how to handle heat!
The video shows two men approach the security guard outside a McDonald’s in downtown Chicago. The men slam the security guard against a wall and begin striking him.
About six seconds into the attack, as the two men continue to pummel the victim, the security guard reaches toward his waistband. As the fight moves out of frame, one of the assailants suddenly starts running away from the fight.
Suddenly, people inside the restaurant begin screaming, “No! No!”
The reason for the screams? The veteran was armed — and turned the tables by pulling his concealed firearm.
I checked online and found some fascinating numbers. A good website with footnotes and references to authoritative sources is GunFacts.info. There I learned the following:
Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year, or 6,849 every day. Most often, the gun is never fired, and no blood (including the criminal’s) is shed.
Every year, 400,000 life-threatening violent crimes are prevented using firearms.
60 percent of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they knew the victim was armed. Forty percent of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they thought the victim might be armed.
Felons report that they avoid entering houses where people are at home because they fear being shot.
Fewer than 1 percent of firearms are used in the commission of a crime.
If you doubt the objectivity of the site above, it’s worth pointing out that the Center for Disease Control, in a report ordered by President Obama in 2012 following the Sandy Hook Massacre, estimated that the number of crimes prevented by guns could be even higher—as many as 3 million annually, or some 8,200 every day.
Guns keep society safer!