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originally posted by: peaceonearth332211
a reply to: CB328
To many "accidents" happen when people think they are protecting. It is really hard to justify owning a weapon that can end up in the hands of a young child and take a life.
originally posted by: floppynoodleson666
a reply to: ketsuko
I don't think you need either of those things.
originally posted by: CB328
This article confirms what I have seen in my 48 years of living in this country (and out of it). SImply put, guns are dangerous, and for most people the danger of having them around is greater than the alleged benefits. As far as I can tell, the number one safety factor is living in a "good" area. For example, growing up in the suburbs outside of Seattle, I almost never saw guns growing up, and only knew one person who regularly carried one, yet it was one of the safest areas of the country.
In contrast a lot of conservatives from conservative areas, and I don't mean wealthy conservative areas, claim to need guns regularly for self defense. The obvious conclusion is that they are greatly exaggerating, which is pretty likely since they tend to exaggerate everything, or that being around conservatives is dangerous. One of these people who told me that he needed a weapon to scare people away from his house several times was a native American living in a very poor small town on an indian reservation. Other places where there really do seem to be "bad guys" salivating to attack someone include inner cities, and some very conservative areas like Kentucky.
If you don't live in one of these areas, then you are most likely putting yourself and your family members at risk by having guns around- especially children. Children are constantly getting killed or killing others by accident because of guns being available.
On the other hand, if you live in a prosperous area, you don't have much to worry about. For example, the city where my sister lives has a murder rate of zero. They know all their neighbors and never have any crime, even though it is a fairly dense suburb. It doesn't make much sense to have a gun there unless you plan to go hunting.
Also, in my 48 years I've never needed a gun, and I don't know anyone who's been killed or even injured due to not having one. You have more chance of being killed in a car wreck than of being killed in violent crime- especially if you aren't a drug dealer.
It was not the gun that shot the kid, it was the father
where your sister lives has a buttload of violent crime according to the link you posted