I recently linked to Dean Weingarten’s article Concealed Carry Permit Holders are One Third as Likely to Commit Murder as Police Officers. Here’s the flip side to that equation: “In defending themselves with their firearms, armed citizens kill 2,000 to 3,000 criminals each year, three times the number killed by the police.” [1993 Gary Kleck stats via newsweek.com] For more recent anecdotal evidence we take you to The Sooner State . . .
“Tulsa has had 11 homicides in 2015, nearly half of them by regular people acting legally in self defense,” dailycaller.com reports.”This year’s slew of regular people defending themselves is a huge spike from the previous year. In 2014, only eight self-defense homicides occurred in Tulsa, and police were responsible for six. None of the homicides this year have been at the hands of police.”
Huge spike hyperbole aside, let’s not forget that armed Americans are the thin blue line, too.