Not only are the chances of being a victim of violent crime much higher than I thought, but the CDC tells us that firearms are the most effective tool available for a successful self defense encounter.
“Self-defense can be an important crime deterrent” - CDC Study
“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.” - CDC Study
Crossing our fingers and hoping nothing bad happens is not a good way of approaching life.
One of the best ways to reduce violent crime in America is through proficient firearms ownership and carrying.