As a very active person for the advancement and education of gun rights in the United States and more specifically in Pennsylvania, I’m usually up against the baseless facts that the anti-gun organizations such as: The Brady Campaign, CeaseFire, Mayors Against Illegal Guns & Moms Against Illegal Guns spew out. I say these facts are baseless because they’re usually facts for criminals, not law abiding citizens. In fact, there are more deaths as a result of car accidents and by medical mistakes than by firearms, but this is something they don’t want you to know about.
Let’s move on to some facts……statistics taken from this site: Just Facts
USA Population and estimated number of firearms in America:
-As of 2009, the United States has a population of 307 million people.
Crimes and Self-Defense facts:
-Roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 or 67% were committed with firearms.
-A 1993 nationwide survey of 4,977 households found that over the previous five years, at least 0.5% of households had members who had used a gun for defense during a situation in which they thought someone “almost certainly would have been killed” if they “had not used a gun for protection.” Applied to the U.S. population, this amounts to 162,000 such incidents per year. This figure excludes all “military service, police work, or work as a security guard.”
-Based on survey data from the U.S. Department of Justice, roughly 5,340,000 violent crimes were committed in the United States during 2008. These include simple/aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, rapes, and murders.   Of these, about 436,000 or 8% were committed by offenders visibly armed with a gun.
– Based on survey data from a 2000 study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, U.S. civilians use guns to defend themselves and others from crime at least 989,883 times per year.
– A 1993 nationwide survey of 4,977 households found that over the previous five years, at least 3.5% of households had members who had used a gun “for self-protection or for the protection of property at home, work, or elsewhere.” Applied to the U.S. population, this amounts to 1,029,615 such incidents per year. This figure excludes all “military service, police work, or work as a security guard.”
– A 1994 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 498,000 times per year.
– A 1982 survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S. found:
– 34% had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”
– 40% had decided not to commit a crime because they “knew or believed that the victim was carrying a gun”
-69% personally knew other criminals who had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”
Lets not forget about Washington DC’s failed effort to ban firearms to lower crime:
-In 1976, the Washington, D.C. City Council passed a law generally prohibiting residents from possessing handguns and requiring that all firearms in private homes be (1) kept unloaded and (2) rendered temporally inoperable via disassembly or installation of a trigger lock. The law became operative on Sept. 24, 1976. 
– On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, struck down this law as unconstitutional.
-During the years in which the D.C. handgun ban and trigger lock law was in effect, the Washington, D.C. murder rate averaged 73% higher than it was at the outset of the law, while the U.S. murder rate averaged 11% lower.
facts are facts and it’s hard to talk around them. firearms are great for self defense, to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government and generally act as a deterrent from criminals.