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Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens
TOUGH TARGETS: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens
“Gun owners stop a lot of criminal mayhem— attempted murders, rapes, assaults, robberies—every year.”

This special white paper uses an extensive collection of news reports from an eight-year period to survey the circumstances and outcomes of defensive gun uses in America. The authors examine recent legal issues and trends surrounding the law of self defense and explore the circumstances in which people use guns againist criminals, illustrating how the vast majority of gun owners are ethical and competent— and how tens of thousands of crimes are prevented each year by ordinary citizens with guns. A lengthy appendix provides scores of documented examples in which ordinary people have used guns to defend themselves.

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