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originally posted by: CharlesT
From the first link in your post.
"To begin with, having a gun in the home is a risk factor for serious accidental injury and death. As Hemenway points out, death certificate data indicate that 680 Americans were killed accidentally with guns each year between 2003 and 2007. Half those victims were under the age of 25."
Maybe what's really hurting people is irresponsibility, stupidity and carelessness?
I keep no guns and had a brother visiting, who keeps a shotgun. Crazy at is seems, someone tried my back door late at night while the shotgun was nearby. I 1st thought it was an animal... I opened the door unprotected. The person stepped back a few paces but remained stand offish. My brother came out with the shotgun, cocked a round into the chamber, and off ran the perp like a deer from the mere sound of the gun. I was quite thankful for my brother's visit you could say.
The debate does swing both ways, yes. But I feel all should honor the freedom of choice on these matters. Because the realities are that guns will never be gone, which yields regulation to be for the non criminals only.
I am in the process of adding guns to my possession since the intrusion ordeal. I grew up around them my whole life, was taught to een make my own ammo. A chance of injury from misuse of a gun around me is in no way more likely then a car wreck. I am non stop distancing myself from people driving missle's while on twitter at the same time. My trigger finger is much more reliable than most twitter fingers!
originally posted by: eriktheawful
Really it's the cars that are the health risk.
Seriously! They are filled with fluids that can be quite toxic and poisonous to humans, animal and plant life!
They emit toxic fumes that can kill people, and apparently are even changing the environment.
They run people over, especially when they are protesting in the middle of the road. That's GOT to be bad for anyone's health.
Look at all the people that die in car accidents all around the world every single day. It's pretty bad.
Worse: people get drunk on alcohol (or other things) and then they try to use these things.
Damn. Cars are a horrible health hazard to everyone. Something should be done about that!
Buses and trains too......while we're at it: those damn power tools! Ever seen what a chainsaw can do to a person?
Wait! I have toxic cleaners in my house.....and prescription drugs in my house too! If kids were to get their hands on those (because, you know, apparently no one is responsible enough to make sure that they don't), we need to get rid of all those things!
Apparently we all need to have our freedoms taken away from us because some people are so scared of those freedoms and the "what if's" that could happen.
Pro Tip: The world is not a safe place. Never has been. Never will be. Life is not a safe thing all the time. Never has been, never will be. Some people are smart and careful, some people are complete idiots. Some are very responsible, while others shouldn't even be trusted to breath on their own. And: Some people believe in their freedoms and rights, and some believe that rights should be taken away, so they feel "safer".
originally posted by: joemoe
a reply to: FHomerK
All my kids learned about gun safety and shooting at an early age. They also know that whenever they want to see any of our family's collection of firearms all they need to do is just ask (this takes away the edge in their curiousity and all firearms we have can be handled by them in a safe and controlled environment).
The rest of us live in crime riddled pits of despair. We have to daily carry and are always on heigtened alert when performing even simple tasks like getting gasoline into our cars and trucks. Home invasions are the local MS-13 Chapter Initiation Rite. No one with a brain goes out after dark......anywhere. The local mall is abandonned and is a place where gangs roam selling drugs and under age sex. We have an obvious need for firearms to protect our homes and families.