Being a gun person requires (or at least implies) some level of understanding that there is only so much that any government can do for you, and that in many instances the best thing it can do for everyone is get out of their way.
This ethic comes quite naturally to the libertarian Cato Institute. In addition to a vast and well-researched archive of treatises and policy papers on gun rights, self-defense and the 2nd Amendment, they’ve posted this nifty interactive map showing (some of the) defensive gun uses in the United States.
While Kleck and Gertz have estimated upwards of 600,000 DGUs per year in the United States, the Cato map only shows a smattering of them. And this is where they could use some help.
If you’ve got the time and the inclination, the bottom of the page has a submission section for adding more DGUs to the map. If even 1% of actual DGUs were included in the Cato map, our republic would be covered with them.
Except for NY, CA, NJ and DC, of course, because there are no guns and no gun crime there, and thus no need for DGUs.