Concealed Gun Holders Kill 1,259 Since 2007: Study

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Innocent victims continue to to be fatally wounded by private citizens with permits to carry concealed handguns, reports the Violence Policy Center, an advocacy group. Concealed handgun permit holders are responsible for 1,259 deaths not involving self defense since 2007, the center says. It offers details on these fatal incidents on a website. The center says it found 1,049 fatal, non-self defense incidents since May 2007 in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Thirty-one of the incidents were fatal mass shootings as defined by federal law (three or more victims), resulting in the deaths of 147 people. At least 21 law enforcement officers have died at the hands of concealed carry killers since May 2007.

The center’s Kristen Rand said, “The evidence is clear that allowing random people to carry guns in public endangers public safety.” With no comprehensive recordkeeping of deaths involving concealed handgun permit holders, and many states prohibiting the release of such information, the examples provided by the center are taken primarily from news reports along with the limited information collected by a few states. They likely represent a small fraction of actual cases, the center says. Its database does not  include the small number of incidents that are eventually determined to involve self-defense or where no verdict is reached at trial. In the vast majority of the 1,049 incidents documented, the concealed carry permit holder either committed suicide (532), has already been convicted (335), perpetrated a murder-suicide (59), or was killed in the incident (19). Of the 69 cases still pending, the vast majority (57) of concealed carry killers have been charged with criminal homicide, five were deemed incompetent to stand trial, and seven incidents are still under investigation.

4 thoughts on “Concealed Gun Holders Kill 1,259 Since 2007: Study

  1. And according to PEW Research new study over 800,000 PER YEAR are saved by citizens with firearms. So which is more and which saves more lives?

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  3. This is a clear case of lies, damn’ lies & statistics.
    335 have actually been convicted, which is hardly more than a quarter of the headline numbers claimed.
    Anti self defence fanatics know the facts are against their irrational & hysterical campaigns, so they resort to subterfuge, if not outright untruths.
    33 actual murders a year is insignificant compared to the 300,000-2,000,000 (depending on source) number of times a firearm is used for protection each year.
    Yes; all murders are of concern but how about concentrating on the cause of the largest section of them, which is black felons killing black felons.

  4. I’m an actuary for a major insurer with an advanced degrees in mathematics and statistics.

    Firstly the researchers cited in this article are combining intentional homicide (first and second degree murder) with negligent homicide and suicide.

    But they are only using intentional homicide for the background rate. You would need to include all of a jurisdictions negligent homicides.

    If you are going to include for example, and the researchers do, a negligent homicide by gun where someone drops a gun and it fired hitting someone, you need to include negligent homicides by vehicle, etc. If you are going to include suicide, one has to include suicide by all means in comparisons. The idea that jumping off a building is somehow substantively different than suicide by firearm is absurd and why the gun control lobby is not taken seriously.

    Adjusting all to accurate comparisons, either by comparing intentional homicide in both carry licencees non-licencees intentional homicide, or sampling both intentional and non intentional homicide in both groups, inverts the findings and conclusion and demonstrates concealed carry licence holder are less likely to commit murder than the general population — and also less likely to commit murder than non gun owners.

    There also the presumption that the only justifiable homicide are cases where charges are brought and a jury finds justified,this neglects the larger number of cases where no charges are brought as the prosecutor decides the justification is already obvious and no charges are necessary.

    The poor methodology by this Violence Policy Center mirrors the same poor methodology used in the debunked claims that households members in homes with firearms are at elevated danger. In fact the key variable ignored in that hypothesis is whether a convicted criminal with an illegal firearm is domiciled in the home. When that variable is considered, it turns out remaining households with firearms, and no criminals are at reduced violent crime victimization rates than the background rate of all households. Indeed ownership of a firearm means a household is about 30% safer from criminal violence victimization than households with no firearm at all.

    Lastly the CDC numbers from the 1990’s, now recently corrected, indicate 2.4 million crimes prevented by civilian non-law enforcement firearms owners owners per year. the “study” above is over a ten year period. This would be a period in which approximately 24 million crimes were prevented by concealed carry licencees and other legal gun owners.

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