GOP Fairy Tales: Private Gun Ownership Makes Us Safer

People like to sight imaginary occasions to use a gun in self-defense, to justify owning them. Guns are seldom used successfully (if you can call shooting someone having succeeded at anything), in self-defense. When they are it’s prominent news. On the other hand, 80 people a day are killed by flesh ripping, bone crushing, nerve ripping bullets.

I think the main reason for owning guns is to shoot them.  For the year 2007:

1.) There were 326 justifiable homicides,

2.) 613 accidental deaths (1.88 times more than justifiable homicide).

3.) 12,632 homicide deaths

4.) and 17,352 suicides,

5.)  for a total of 31,224 firearm-related deaths, in a single year.

Easy access to firearms and a culture of fear have the predictable consequences noted above. There are no good options there. We do ourselves a shameful disservice, when we choose to ignore those consequences.

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Married, 2 children, retired, enjoying unstructured time: "And then he drank a dew From a convenient grass, And then hopped sidewise to the wall To let a beetle pass." ~ Emily Dickinson
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One Response to GOP Fairy Tales: Private Gun Ownership Makes Us Safer

  1. I am so glad you posted this information. Because of the recent violent crimes, some co-workers were speaking opening about purchasing a gun for personal defense. Fear is taking a backseat to the real consequences of gun ownership. I will be passing this information on!

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