The CDC posted data on their website that indicated that there could be as many as 2.5 million Defensive Gun Uses (DGU’s) in the United States every year.
A Defensive Gun Use does not require someone to fire their weapon in self-defense but is defined as an instance where someone brandishes their weapon to ward off a potential attacker.
The CDC originally cited data that there could be anywhere between 60,000 to 2.5 million Defensive Gun Uses each year.
Their website now does not cite specific data, just saying that estimates of Defensive Gun Uses vary.
A report released by the Epoch Times indicates that the CDC took down the data after being pressured by gun control advocates.
The report, which resulted from a FOIA request by a gun rights advocacy group, found that the CDC took down the data after meeting with Po Murray, chairwoman of the Newtown Action Alliance.
The Epoch Times Reports–
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed data on guns from its website after holding a private meeting with gun control activists, according to newly disclosed emails.
The CDC webpage titled “Fast Facts: Firearm Violence Prevention” includes a portion on defensive gun use, or instances when people use guns for defensive purposes.
The portion defines defensive gun use and originally stated: “Estimates of defensive gun use vary depending on the questions asked, populations studied, timeframe, and other factors related to the design of studies. The report Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence indicates a range of 60,000 to 2.5 million defensive gun uses each year.”
The page now says: “Estimates of defensive gun use vary depending on the questions asked, populations studied, timeframe, and other factors related to study design. Given the wide variability in estimates, additional research is necessary to understand defensive gun use prevalence, frequency, circumstances, and outcomes.”