“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reportedly removed statistics on defensive gun use in the U.S. following pressure from gun control advocates.
The stats sourced from a CDC-commissioned study finding that instances of defensive gun use occur between 60,000 and 2.5 million times per year. References to that study were deleted from the site following private meetings with gun control advocates in 2021, emails obtained and published by The Reload show.
‘[T]hat 2.5 Million number needs to be killed, buried, dug up, killed again and buried again,’ Mark Bryant, executive director of the Gun Violence Archive, wrote to the CDC in one of the emails. ‘It is highly misleading, is used out of context and I honestly believe it has zero value — even as an outlier point in honest DGU discussions.'”