The Relative Frequency of Offensive and Defensive Gun Uses: Results From a National Survey

@article{Hemenway2000TheRF,
  title={The Relative Frequency of Offensive and Defensive Gun Uses: Results From a National Survey},
  author={David Hemenway and Deborah Azrael},
  journal={Violence and Victims},
  year={2000},
  volume={15},
  pages={257 - 272}
}
Some controversy exists about the relative frequency of criminal and self-defense gun use in the United States. Using data from a national random-digit-dial telephone survey of over 1900 adults conducted in 1996, we find that criminal gun use is far more common than self-defense gun use. This result is consistent with findings from other private surveys and the National Crime Victimization Surveys. In this survey, all reported cases of criminal gun use and many cases of self-defense gun use… Expand

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