Back around the middle of January, following a photo-op of His Royal Majesty surrounded by a pile of little kids, King Barky issued a series of more executive orders; among them a directive to CDC to research causes and prevention of gun violence. That's been done, and the initial report's in:
The report, titled Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-related Violence, which identifies the particular topics of gun violence to be researched over the next few years, points out that virtually every study which “assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns” discovered the same thing. Those using their guns for self-defense “consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”
“Defensive uses of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed (Cook and Ludwig, 1996; Kleck, 2001a),” the study reads. “Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year (Kleck, 2001a), in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008 (BJS, 2010).”
Well hey, how about that? How odd that Dianne Feinstein and crazy Joe, Nanny Bloomberg and our own loveable little gun-grabber, Ginny Burdick aren't out there trumpeting the findings from the rooftops. O, right - it kinda waterboards the narrative, doesn't it?
Still, over there in Illinois, governor Pat Quinn's doing his level best to undercut legislation that would make his state the last in the nation to allow concealed carry. Don't bother him with facts; his mind's made up.