Fact: 60% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they knew
the victim was armed. 40% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes
when they thought the victim might be armed.
Fact: Felons report that they avoid entering houses where people are at home because they fear
Fact: 59% of the burglaries in Britain, which has tough gun control laws, are “hot burglaries”
which are burglaries committed while the home is occupied by the owner/renter. By contrast, the
U.S., with more lenient gun control laws, has a “hot burglary” rate of only 13%.
Fact: Washington D.C. has essentially banned gun ownership since 1976 and has a murder rate
of 56.9 per 100,000. Across the river in Arlington, Virginia, gun ownership is less restricted.
There, the murder rate is just 1.6 per 100,000, less than three percent of the Washington, D.C.
Fact: 26% of all retail businesses report keeping a gun on the premises for crime control.
Fact: In 1982, Kennesaw, GA passed a law requiring heads of households to keep at least one
firearm in the house. The residential burglary rate dropped 89% the following year.
Fact: A survey of felons revealed the following:
• 74% of felons agreed that, "one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is
that they fear being shot during the crime."
• 57% of felons polled agreed, "criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim
than they are about running into the police."