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In Reply: I have rebutted Dr Hemenway's claims
about DGU elsewhere.1 It suffices here to
note what Hemenway cannot present—technically superior evidence indicating
that DGU is as rare as NCVS data indicate it to be. Taking Hemenway's points
in order: First, there is no inconsistency in regarding NCVS "estimates" of
DGU frequency as inaccurate while using NCVS data to assess the effectiveness
of DGU. I take the former position because NCVS-based estimates of DGU frequency
have been strongly contradicted by every other source of information,1- 3 while I use
NCVS data on DGU effectiveness because they are the best available and because
there is no evidence indicating that the DGU reports captured by the NCVS
are unrepresentative regarding the effectiveness of DGU.
Kleck G. Risks and Benefits of Gun Ownership—Reply. JAMA. 1999;282(2):136. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-2-jbk0714