New Study Says Gun Owners More Likely To Hurt Themselves

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) -- Sounding off on gun rights in light of a new report calling for stricter gun control in this country. Anew study suggests American gun owners are far more likely to hurt themselves or someone else with their firearm than actually stop a criminal.

Gun-control advocates, "The Violence Policy Center," published a study this week that claims Americans rarely use guns in self-defense.

The study finds that in 2012, there were 258 fatal shootings in this country justified as self-defense.
In comparison, that same year there were more than 8,300 shootings ruled as murder.

The findings do not exactly go along with the rhetoric pro-gun groups like the NRA have used for years, saying that more guns in the hands of regular folks help reduce crime.

Opinions from those regular folks seem divided.

"There are people that are crazy, if they're out there carrying a gun you want to protect yourself and your family. The best way to do is to do something that is equally balanced on your side," Dan Orrantia said.

"I feel like it causes it more because nowadays people don't just necessarily have it in their home. Like they carry it everywhere they go and I don't feel like that's always necessary,” Deonte Alor said.

And when we asked a couple of Arkansas state senators about the report and gun control in general, we found their opinions divided as well.

"I think having a gun does not deter crime except for very, very small instances. statistics just don't bear that out and have not for some time,” State Senator Joyce Elliot said.

"It's never going to be perfect. There's always going to be tragedies that occur. But certainly, in my opinion, the benefits of people owning protection and firearms to protect themselves far outweighs those tragedies that are going to occur when you do have guns,” State Senator Jeremy Hutchinson said.

We reached out to pro-gun advocates "Arkansas Carry" as well as a representative for the NRA. We did not hear back from that NRA and "Arkansas Carry" did not care to comment on that new report.

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