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July 14, 1999

Risks and Benefits of Gun Ownership—Reply

JAMA. 1999;282(2):136. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-2-jbk0714

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.