http://news.yahoo.com/guns-rarely-used-self-defense-us-205812892.html Washington (AFP) - Contrary to what the gun lobby argues, personal firearms in the United States are rarely used for self-defense, a gun control advocacy group said Wednesday. In an analysis of FBI and other federal government data, the non-profit Violence Policy Center said Americans are far more likely to hurt themselves or others when handling a lethal weapon. In 2012, it said, only 259 "justifiable homicides" involving a private citizen were reported, compared to 8,342 criminal homicides committed with a gun. Put another way, for every justifiable homicide involving a gun, 32 criminal homicides carried out with a firearm occurred. And that does not take into account "tens of thousands" of gun-related suicides and unintentional shootings. The influential National Rifle Association contends that "guns are necessary for self-defence," said Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center in Washington. "But this gun industry propaganda has no basis in fact," he said in a statement. "In fact, in a nation of more than 300 million firearms, it is striking how rarely guns are used in self-defense." On its website, the NRA carries a running list of incidents in which it says firearms were successfully used in self-defense -- in one case against a house intruder crawling through a doggie door in Texas, in another case against a "rabid fox" in Massachusetts. ****************************** They conveniently leave out the untold cases where no shots were fired - where the display of a firearm resulted in an attacker fleeing, or being held until police arrive to take custody. Typical BS from the anti gunners.