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  •  Here's an accesible Bloomberg/Business Week (0+ / 0-)

    article from December 2012 looking at the reported ranges from a high by one reputable academic of some 2 million per year to a low by another of some 100,000 -- with a 200,000 to 300,000 "accepted" as a reasonable middle ground figure.

    With 12,000 firearm fatalities per year pursuant to the Bureau of Justice crime data, this represents a relative frequency ranging from some 8x to nearly 166x for defensive gun use compared to firearm fatalities.  

    In my definition, either data point (and everything in between) equates to "vastly" ... by every reliable or credible source.  The article gives you enough information to research these studies more thoroughly if you wish.

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