The nature of the media is to report on improbable events. Plane crashes will get media attention because of their rarity – but car crashes will get none, as that alone could literally fill an entire 24/7 news cycle. However due to selective reporting, about 25% of the population has some kind of fear of flying, despite the fact that they’re over 100 times more likely to be killed in a car accident.
Reporting on firearms is no different. Mass shootings garner immense attention – but they’re the exception to the rule. The truth is, guns are used in self-defense all the time – the mainstream media just isn’t one to report on it.
Just a few such cases occurred in the past week. As the Daily Caller reported:
The Christmas season was a bad time to be a criminal near a person with a weapon.
There were a total of four incidents involving a person using a gun to stop a crime or other life-threatening incident between December 22 and December 26, according to a list compiled by the Crime Prevention Research Center.
Keep in mind that these are only the reported incidents –and that merely brandishing a firearm is all that’s necessary in most cases of self-defense. In fewer than 8% of cases does the gun owner actually wound or kill their attacker.December 22:
Brandon Johnson was shot and killed after attempting to rob two men looking to buy a vehicle in Gary, Indiana during a Craigslist scam. Johnson’s girlfriend was also shot in the thigh but is expected to survive, according to the Washington Times. The shooter, who is from Illinois, told police that when he arrived to make the Craigslist purchase Johnson instead pulled a gun resulting in the shooter pulling out his own weapon to defend his life.December 23:
A criminal attempted to hold up Captain Max Seafood in Miramar, Florida. Except the robber didn’t get very far into his plan because an employee pulled out a gun and killed the suspect, according to NBC Miami.
Bill Kessler shot and killed a large dog that was attacking his beagle in Detroit, Michigan.
“Before he got to me I got my pepper spray out and sprayed him but that didn’t stop him. After the pepper spray the dog started attacking mine, I tried kicking it, but it was so aggressive I took out my gun and shot it,” Kessler told Freep.
According to police, a warrant will likely be issued for the owner of the dead dog for the charge of “dog at large,” which is a misdemeanor.
Antonio Bagley shot and killed Jerrell Walker after Walker attempted to rob him in Warner Robins, Georgia. Bagley told police that the attempted robbery took place late on Christmas night, and resulted in him firing the fatal shot to Walker’s torso.
There aren’t mere anecdotes that don’t represent the bigger picture. Estimates vary on the extent of self-defensive gun usage, but all are favorable. For instance, Gallup found over 1.6 million self-defensive gun uses each year – the LA Times 3.8 million, and a 1995 study in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 2.5 million.
The case for gun rights has always been strong, but those who control the narrative would rather have you think otherwise.
[Note: This was authored by The Analytical Economist]