CDC Buried Study Showing Guns Are Used More Often For Protection Than Crime

Gun experts said unpublished study showed that guns were used for protection far more often than to commit crime.

Atlanta, GA – A new paper out of Florida State University accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of hiding results from a survey they conducted that said guns were used for defense three-and-a-half times more often than they are used by criminals.

There were nearly 2.5 million instances a year where people used a firearm for self-defense, defending others or protecting their property, according to the CDC student that remained unpublished.

The CDC conducted the study with data they collected from 1996, 1997, and 1998 and the findings were just recently uncovered, Reason Magazine reported.

The unpublished study supported previous findings by Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck and fellow Florida State University professor Marc Gertz who have claimed since the early 1990s that there were between 760,000 and 2.5 million “defensive handgun uses” per year.

The CDC’s findings meant that people were using guns in the United States more often for defensive purposes than for offensive uses.

But the CDC never published the lost survey data that Kleck uncovered.

Kleck released a new paper on Feb. 26 on the issue titled, “What Do CDC’s Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?”

In that paper, Kleck exposed the fact that the CDC did national surveys asking about defensive gun use in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

The CDC’s findings were that an average of 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self defense in each of those years from 1996 to 1998.

The CDC survey question was: "During the last 12 months, have you confronted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?"

The people surveyed were not to include incidents from jobs like policing, where using firearms was part of the job, Reason Magazine reported.

Kleck found that the CDC's results showed guns were used defensively by people about 3.6 times as often as they were used offensively by criminals.

In his new paper, Kleck accused the CDC of suppressing those findings, and discussed reasons the data may have been hidden.

UPDATE: Kleck pulled his study over criticism that only 15 states were involved, not all 50, which only accounts for 27 percent of the population, according to Reason Magazine. The states included were: Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

0bama ordered them to do a study in 2013 when he was wanting gun control. When the results showed guns saved more people than they killed, he pretty much buried the findings of the study from main stream media. That hasn't changed, nor have the statistics. Interesting times we live in when we are led to believe falsehoods rather than truths. Wonder why that would be??


Speaking of falsehoods, do you have an article or something stating he buried the findings?

Wouldn't want anyone to leave here without the rest of your story.

That"s just it there is no article... IT WAS BURIED....

@maeday69 so @Katarina 's claim was totally unfounded? I thought so.

Maybe you misunderstood me. I asked for an article claiming Obama buried the report. Your article clearly states the report was released by the CDC in June 2013.

You do realize that Trumpito, and pretty much every modern era Republican president, has passed more gun control laws than Democrat presidents, right? Feel free to ask me for proof if you don't believe me.

@maeday69 @Katarina
That research that you both said was buried by Obama? It wasn't. @FMB555 found it quite easily, actually.

The study wasn't buried, the major determination of the research was that more research needs to be done. Although, it is true that the results appear to show that most gun usage is in a defensive protective use, not offensive.

Firearms Deaths are crimes not pathogens and this research should not even be in the CDC Wheel House. The NIJ is the research arm of the DOJ and THEY should be the ones doing this research into firearms. So why aren't they? simple: they told the truth about the 1994 AWB that it was a farce. Dems decided to shop agencies until they found one that would be likely to generates results that were more in tune with what they wanted. Unfortunately, CDC being scientists, they found the truth in the form of the results mentioned in this article. Dems being Dems the suppressed the research as it doesn't support The Narrative. If the Department of Energy or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency would agree to produce a study that says guns need to be banned, Millions in funding would flow their way and they would become the lead agency in the fight for civilian disarmament. Senior Citizen, you need to understand they have already decided what the "Conclusion" is, they are working backwards to create the "research" to back it up. You don't have to like guns, just have a desire for the truth to see what these folks are up to.

Very well said.

Since when is dying by gunfire a disease? Maybe they would have dealt with the Zika virus more quickly if they would have stayed in their lane.

There you have it! This last comment makes you look at best really shortsighted, at worst dumb.

Yep, "There you have it". Never an intelligent response, just more of your intellectually inferior comments.

Why is studying the use of firearms a waste of money? To the extent that they’re used to kill innocent people, they are a public health threat. I admit it’s odd that the CDC is studying firearms use and not some other agency, but why does it matter who studies it?

@kwebb1265 a more important question to ask (of those proponents for more gun control), where ARE the stories of people successfully defending themselves and their families with weapons? Obviously this occurs, but I have yet to see any of these stories on the 6 o'clock news, except on those rare occasions when the bloodshed or potential thereof is paramount. Here is a fact that nobody on the "More Gun Control" band wagon will even admit. FACT: Criminals don't care about gun laws or any other law for that matter. So legislating more restrictions on Law Abiding Citizens does not stem the violence. What it does do is shackle those people who do have the legal right to have weapons from defending themselves. Let me ask you a question, what are you going to do at 3AM when one or more armed felons break into your home to rob, rape, and pillage? I know, I know... call 911. That's wonderful cuz law enforcement will arrive just in time to identify the bodies.

I hear you, but there is an alarming number of unstable white teens shooting cops and children inn this country. Something should be done about that.

Well first of all, the survey isn't very accurate, released or not, it only covers 15 states.

The DIckey amendment (1996) does not allow the CDC to study or publish anything on gun violence, and thus they would not be able to publish at that time data from 1996-1998 BY LAW. Great job lying by omission guys.


Here is a link to the abstract.