CCRKBA: ‘FBI Report Says Armed Citizens Killed More Criminals Than Police’

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BELLEVUE, WA – The FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2020 indicates that armed private citizens killed more criminals during the commission of a felony than were killed by police, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says this data clearly underscores the continuing need for American gun ownership.

“We looked at Tables 14 and 15 in the FBI’s new report that apply to justifiable homicides by law enforcement and private citizens, respectively,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “Last year, according to the data, armed citizens killed 343 criminals during the commission of a felony while police fatally shot 298 felons.

 “If the FBI data published in their crime report for 2020 is accurate,” he continued, “it is ample evidence that the individual right to keep and bear arms for personal defense is as important today as it was when the Second Amendment was adopted as a cornerstone of the Bill of Rights.

“The use of deadly force is not something anybody wants,” Gottlieb observed, “but neither is being injured or killed by some thug during a violent criminal attack. Self-defense may be the oldest natural right, and every time we hear some politician, public official or gun control extremist call for citizen disarmament, we have to wonder which side they’re on. It certainly can’t be on the side of public safety.

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“Gun prohibitionists who enjoy their own private security while promoting restrictive laws that take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens are world-class hypocrites,” he said. “The same people who want to disarm honest citizens are typically those who support policies that are soft on criminals. They haven’t simply lost perspective; they’ve abandoned common sense.”

CCRKBA has long defended the individual right to keep and bear arms, and encourages gun owners to seek competent instruction on firearms safety and the use of firearms in self-defense. Gottlieb noted how studies show that over 99 percent of cases when a gun is used in self-defense, no shots are fired. The burglar, robber or rapist flees or is held at gunpoint until police arrive, he said.

“This data should send a message to criminals that their chances of recidivism are gradually shrinking,” said Gottlieb, who co-authored America Fights Back – Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age, and more recently, Good Guys with Guns. “The tide has clearly turned.”


With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms ( is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.

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  • Walt morris October 4, 2021, 8:40 am

    The communists cannot take over a country until they take all of the guns. With now the second communist president in DC WE ARE IN MORE danger than people realize. Wake up America!!! Do we have to have another war in the u.s. to remain free?

  • Terry Constance October 4, 2021, 7:35 am

    Any citizen who stops a crime of any kind, should be acknowledged by the government or peers for performing a service.

  • Dale E Francis October 1, 2021, 10:16 am

    This is so true. The only ones that want to take away public citizens gun are the Crooks. That should tell you who is running our Government. Right Joe Biden.

  • Robert October 1, 2021, 8:53 am

    Had a .32 cal years ago and with kids in the house, left it up high in the closet. Now I left the spare empty magazine in the firearm as if any one breaks in while we are home they arent going to stop to ask if its loaded. Well we had the post Sargent Majors son running around breaking in to the housing and raping the wives until he tried to stop by our place. He was coming up to the back of the house and since our German Shepherds werent feeling well wife left them in the pen at the back of the house. They were going off when he came up and when he started to climb though the window saw the wife with firearm pointed at him and fell back out the window. My wife knew if he had kept coming in she at least had a nice metal weapon to beat him with and would have done so. Now the kids are out of the house just say in that case now he would not be falling out the window but in to the house and not leaving since we are now in the country and unless you your self call the cops they wont show up. Then it takes them a while if you do call.

  • Dr Motown October 1, 2021, 7:44 am

    That’s 343 more law-abiding citizens who are alive instead of dead or maimed by some criminal animal

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