Irrelevant Tests of the Self-Protective Value of Firearms: Comments on Branas et al. (2009)
6 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2017 Last revised: 22 May 2020
Date Written: September 28, 2009
Branas et al. claimed to have found that gun possession does not confer any protective value on the possessor. This paper explains why the conclusion was wrong, and notes that the authors' did not generate any evidence that was even relevant to the topic. Instead, their findings merely confirm the already established fact that many of the same factors that put people at risk of being violently victimized also motivate some of them to acquire guns for self-protection. More relevant research has consistently found that crime victims who use guns for self-protection are less likely to be injured or lose property.
Keywords: firearms, self-protection
JEL Classification: K42
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