In the aftermath of the June 14, 2017, shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, which seriously wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and injured four others, several Republican Congressmen have called for more relaxed gun restrictions. Some even went so far as to say that the only way for Americans to ensure their safety is to carry a firearm at all times.
“From now on, I’ll be exercising my Second Amendment right to carry a firearm as I travel my district,” wrote Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) in The Washington Post.
Now Josh Sugarmann, Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center (VPC), has called reactions to the Alexandria shooting “nonsensical” and “outright dangerous.” Sugermann cited VPS report, ‘Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use,’ to support his claim that “private citizens rarely use guns to kill criminals or stop crimes.”
Today on “Dana,” Dana Loesch and Cam Edwards, host of “Cam and Company” at NRA News, discussed the blatant skewing of self-defense statistics such as those listed in the VPC report.
“Every statistic that I have seen actually goes against [Sugermann] including the last CDC study that was commissioned by Obama in 2013,” said Dana.
“And in a lot of defensive gun uses, Dana, the trigger is never even pulled,” added Edwards. “And that’s a good outcome … in the vast majority of these cases the presence of the firearm in the hands of the law abiding citizen diffuses the situation.”