Rick Santorum Claims Gun Ownership Saves Millions of Lives (Video)

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Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed today that millions of American lives have been saved because of the high number of guns in society.

Santorum was appearing on CBS News' "Face the Nation" when he was asked about a new Georgia law allowing guns in government buildings, public schools, bars and churches.

“I said this at the NRA, I think a well-armed family is a safe family,” stated Santorum, reported RawStory.com (video below).

“I think a well-armed America is a safer America," added Santorum. "I think if you look at anything from all of these attacks that have taken place is that if people had actually had weapons there, those attacks would have been thwarted and people’s lives would have been saved.”

“In fact, there are millions of lives that are saved in American every year, or millions of instances like that where gun owners have prevented crimes and stopped things from happening because of having guns at the scene,” claimed Santorum.

However, Mother Jones reports:

In 2011, nearly 10 times more people were shot and killed in arguments than by civilians trying to stop a crime. In one survey, nearly 1% of Americans reported using guns to defend themselves or their property. However, a closer look at their claims found that more than 50% involved using guns in an aggressive manner, such as escalating an argument.

“It’s a wrongheaded approach that somehow or another, that if we take guns away from people, law-adding people who want to protect themselves, that the world is going to be safer,” claimed Santorum. “In fact, just the opposite.”

A study in 2013 showed that more gun ownership actually resulted in more gun deaths, not less, as Santorum claimed.

The study, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, analyzed gun ownership rates, crime rates and deaths from guns in 27 developed countries, reported Live Science.

"The U.S. has the highest gun ownership rates and also has the highest rate of firearm-related deaths," said study co-author Dr. Sripal Bangalore, of the New York University School of Medicine.

The Harvard School of Public Health found a similar conclusion in its study of gun ownership and gun-related deaths.

Sources: Harvard School of Public Health, Live Science, Mother Jones, RawStory.com, FBI.gov

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