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Using Guns for Self-Defense
A review of the debate concerning the use of lethal weapons for self-defense.
# 152695 | 1,519 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 18, 2013 in Hot Topics (Gun Control)

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The paper considers the arguments for and against weapons and the use of force for self-defense and points out that while the principle of self-defense is not in question, it is the degree of force and violence that is used in the process of self-defense that is debatable. The paper discusses how the degree of force, usually associated with the type of weapon, should be commensurate with the type and level of threat that is being defended against. The paper concludes that self-defense should be based on prevention rather than on aggression, and if methods can be used to deter or prevent an attack, they should be implemented before lethal force is used or becomes necessary.

The Argument For and Against Weapons and the Use of Force
Types of Defensive Measures
Personal Perspective

From the Paper:

"There is little doubt that we live in a society where violence and the use of lethal weapons such as guns and automatic rifles have become problematic. There are many organizations that would like to see a restriction on the sale of guns and other lethal weapons to the public. The reason for this is the extent of gun ownership in the United States. The National Self-Defense Survey indicated that, "...there were 2.5 million incidents of defensive gun use per year in the U.S. during the 1988-1993 period. This is probably a conservative estimate..." (Kleck, 1997). Another study states that, "Concern about the proliferation of weapons has intensified over the past year with a series of brutal reminders that there is no sanctuary from gun violence - not churches, schools, restaurants, workplaces or homes" (Gun Control in the United States, 2000)
"In the view of many pundits there are simply too many guns in the hands of ordinary people and this leads to the use of these weapons in situations where less lethal solutions to the threat could be found. However, this argument is countered by the view that,... most defensive uses of guns do not in fact involve shooting anyone. Data from the National Self-Defense Survey indicate that no more than 8% of the 2.5 million annual defensive gun uses involved a defender who claimed to have shot their adversaries... (Kleck, 1997)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dictionary: self-defense. Retrieved from
  • Gun Control in the United States ( 2000) Retrieved from
  • Kleck G. ( 1997) Guns and Self-Defense. Retrieved from
  • Sprays Gasses and Poisons. Retrieved from

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