To the Editor: In his article on the risks
and benefits of having a gun in the home, Dr Kleck1
presents inconsistencies in his analyses and standards of evaluation and a
willingness to use questionable or misleading statistics to support his position.
First, Kleck routinely dismisses National Crime Victimization Survey
(NCVS) results on defensive gun use (DGU), claiming, incorrectly, that they
capture less than (a nonrandom) 4% of all such events. Yet he uses the NCVS
data concerning self-defense gun use, without caveat, to claim that guns are
an effective method of self-defense.
Hemenway D. Risks and Benefits of Gun Ownership. JAMA. 1999;282(2):135-136. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-2-jbk0714