Contrary to popular belief, a new study proves that guns don't make you safer in the case of a criminal confrontation. Dr. David Hemenway, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, conducted a survey of 90,000 American households on the prevalence of "defensive gun use."

Not only did the study find that these incidents were extremely rare, it also proved that people who used guns in self-defense were no less likely to be injured and more likely to have property stolen during a confrontation (34.9% had property stolen without gun use, 38.5% with gun use). The likelihood of sustaining an injury after using a gun in self-defense was 10.9% while doing nothing at all led to a nearly identical injury rate of 11%.

But the biggest takeaway is just how rare these events are: the study found that there are less than 70,000 defensive gun uses annually while there are 300 million firearms owned in the United States. 

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