Plugged In: Study says having a gun may not make you safer

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A new study says having a gun might not make you safer.

TheTrace.com reports that the study conducted by Dr. David Hemenway and published in The Journal of Preventative Medicine indicates that, according to statistics, having a gun does not provide a significant benefit to a victim during a "criminal confrontation."

It also indicates that instances where a firearm is used or is needed during such confrontations are much less common than most believe.

Also according to the study, 38.5 percent of those who used a gun in self-defense still had items taken from them. Meanwhile, 34.9 percent of those who used a knife or another weapon had items taken.

The study also says there is a 10.9 percent chance of a victim being hurt when they use a gun to defend themselves. And there is an 11 percent chance of a victim being hurt if they do not have or use a firearm or weapon.

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