At 1/22/13 04:04 PM, Travis wrote:
"How many times has a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun?" - Common Sense
In the early 90s, Dr. Kleck of Florida State University in Tallahassee conducted a nationwide survey about gun owners using their guns for defense. In this survey, 4,978 people answered questions via telephone in the lower 48 states. These questions in general, were if they have used their guns in defense, and if so, what crime was being committed by the suspect, and rather they were armed or unarmed.
The results indicated that about 1% of the gun owners used it for defense, which 47.2% of the suspects were armed (18.1% knife, 13.6% handgun, 10.1% blunt object, and less than 6% with some other weapon).
So, from this survey we can conclude that:
4,978 x 1% = 49.78, which rounds up to 50 people that used their gun for defense.
257,746,103 (est. US population in 1993) / 50 = 5.1 million estimated people that used their gun for defense.
5.1 million x 13.6% = 701,069 estimated people that used their gun for defense against a suspect with a handgun.
So you asked, "How many times has a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun?", the answer according to this survey could be over 700,000 times annually more or less.