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In the U.S., do violent crimes committed with guns outnumber the amount of times that civilians use guns to defend themselves from crime?

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When counting the bare minimum of defensive gun uses measured by the most rigorous studies, civilians use guns to defend themselves from crime about 50% more often than criminals use guns to commit crimes. For example, President Obama ordered his administration in 2013 to "conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it." The resulting research, which was conducted by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, found that "almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals" and that claims to the contrary are based on a survey that does not "specifically" ask "about defensive gun use."

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