Self-Defense, not hunting, now No. 1 Reason to Buy Guns

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A recent case in Detroit debated the use of deadly force in self-defense, an issue that’s sure to surface again with Americans citing personal protection as the No. 1 reason for purchasing firearms.

During the past decade, the number of people who report buying weapons for self-defense rather than sport increased from 26 to 48 percent. The number of gun buyers who listed hunting as the reason for purchasing a firearms 10 years ago was 49 percent. Today that number has dropped to 32 percent.

The National Rifle Association claims that guns are used for personal protection more than 2 million times a year and the presence of a weapon, whether it’s fired or not, prevents many crimes.

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