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In the Supreme Court case of D.C. v. Heller, four of the court's nine justices wrote that "for every intruder stopped by a homeowner with a firearm, there are 4 gun-related accidents within the home." What is the actual ratio?

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Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 27 times more often than the number of gun-related accidents that result in death or an emergency room visit. Although this data is decades old, the current ratio is still undoubtedly more than 1:1.

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