Skip to main content

View Diary: A closer look at DGU numbers (117 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  so you think that 2.5 million figure is not only (0+ / 0-)

    inflated but actually too low?

    "You try to vote or participate in the government/ and the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans" ~ Kweli -8.00, -6.56

    by joey c on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:41:56 AM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  edited to fix (0+ / 0-)

      ought to have read "not only not inflated but actually too low?"

      sorry.

      "You try to vote or participate in the government/ and the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans" ~ Kweli -8.00, -6.56

      by joey c on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:42:48 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I think the "2.5 million number" is likely fiction (0+ / 0-)

        However, I do believe that real data is impossible to determine because many people who use a gun in self defense, but never pull the trigger, don't report it to the police so there is no quality control on the data.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:49:53 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  it's definitely a problematic subject to develop (0+ / 0-)

          reliable data on - no way one can observe the events in question, many people have an incentive to over-report, no way to tell how real the "threat" was.

          My personal suspicion is that it almost never happens amongst law-abiding citizens. The gun owners I know personally have a sum total of zero DGUs, meanwhile my mother-in-law scared off a burglar with a samurai sword even though she has a piece.

          What I could see is what someone mentioned above in terms of this happening often in the criminal world, e.g. a stickup kid is cowed by a mark with a gun.

          "You try to vote or participate in the government/ and the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans" ~ Kweli -8.00, -6.56

          by joey c on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:54:18 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site