The folks over at Ready Holster put together this cool ‘Stand Your Ground Gun Laws Infographic’ that gives a detailed account of self-defense laws throughout the United States.
When it comes to self-defense laws, each state falls into one of three categories: ‘Castle Doctrine’ states, ‘Stand Your Ground’ states and ‘Retreat when Threatened’ states.
Additionally, the infographic includes stats and figures related to home invasions, burglaries, forcible rapes as well as other important metrics to give one a comprehensive perspective of crime within the U.S.
The infographic avoids making any sweeping conclusions about self-defense laws and their relative impact on crime. In short, there was no analysis of the data.
Nevertheless, one can look at the data and draw his/her own conclusions on the issues.
In looking at the infographic, I do have a minor issue. And it concerns the accuracy of the information relating to the number of home invasions that occur in the United States.
A few weeks ago, when I was debating Ladd Everitt from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, I researched home invasions and what I found was that the FBI does not specifically track this crime metric.
So my question would be, where did the authors of the infographic find this info (one out of five homes will experience a home invasion or break-in, 8,000 plus home invasions occur in the U.S. every day and 38 percent of assaults and 60 percent of rapes occur during home invasions)?
I see that they have their sources listed at the bottom of the infographic but when I searched their FBI sources, I did not see home invasions stats recorded.
I don’t think this totally undermines the work that they did, but I figured I would share with you my findings when I researched the same topic (if anyone knows the source of those statistics please feel free to share it below).
Overall though, and from my perspective, whether there are 8,000 home invasions a day or 8, the implication is obvious: it’s better to have and not need, than to need and not have.