The Nature and Circumstances of Defensive Gun Use: A Content Analysis of Interpersonal Conflict Situations Involving Criminal Offenders
The author analyzed 297 cases in which a criminal respondent had yielded a firearm to identify defensive gun use (DGU) circumstances, using data from interviews at a diagnostic and evaluation unit in the Midwest between November 1997 and December 1998. 27% of cases involved a DGU that may have been unnecessary or even exceeded a defensive purpose. A respondent and/or an opponent were injured in 36% of all cases. Typically, respondents’ opponents included at least one acquaintance.
Wells, W. (2002). The nature and circumstances of defensive gun use: a content analysis of interpersonal conflict situations involving criminal offenders. JQ: Justice Quarterly, 19(1), 127.
Wells, William. "The Nature and Circumstances of Defensive Gun Use: A Content Analysis of Interpersonal Conflict Situations Involving Criminal Offenders." JQ: Justice Quarterly 19.1 (2002): 127.