Originally posted by pieman
Originally posted by vor78
I've made no mention of the scenario under which a firearm might be used defensively, so for the purposes of our particular discussion, its
I think it's an incredibly important factor, if a gun cannot be used defensively (and I don't believe it can be) there is no lawful reason to have a
gun*. Anyone found in possession of a gun should be arrested for intent to commit murder.
*There might be some discussion about hunting here but let's not bother, you don't need to hunt for food so you don't need the efficiency of a gun,
if you want to hunt, you can use a bow or a spear. It takes more skill but that's kind of the point.
According to the Department of Justice in 2007 guns were used 14,727 times to prevent violent attacks against people. That is a highly conservative
number that comes through using a strict reading of the statistics provided here.
I added in the justifiable homicides for 2007 according to the FBI/
Guns are used defensively 40.34 times per day on average. This includes pointing or firing a warning shot. Not every defensive use of a hand gun leads
I wanted to add this little story so I edited the post.
A kid using a gun to defend his life and his family's lives.
Police said that shortly after midnight three men broke into a home seeking money and drugs. There were no drugs in the home, but there was a .22 cal
rifle—and an 11-year-old boy trained in its use. The boy leapt to the defense of his mother and sister. One of the intruders shot the boy, slightly
injuring him. The boy returned fire, seriously wounding a suspect and causing the men to flee the home. Police found all three intruders nearby. That
wounded man was airlifted to a hospital and will be charged after his release. (San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, Texas, 01/20/10)
Another story that shows guns can be used defensively. Not only that it shows in many cases they never have to be fired.
When he was awakened by his home security system, NRA Endowment member Steve Bason prepared for the worst—he got his Benelli M1 12-ga. shotgun,
while his wife, Beth, an NRA Life member, grabbed her Glock 9 mm pistol. "At first we figured it was just another false alarm," Bason told the
editor of the "Armed Citizen." "Then a light came on in our barn and I thought, 'My goodness, this is real!'" Police say the couple cautiously
approached the barn. They peered inside and found a man standing next to Bason's truck with the door open. "There was some yelling and we probably
said some words that aren't fit for print," Bason recalled. The suspect quickly found himself staring down the barrels of two different guns and
waited patiently for police. (The Express, Lock Haven, PA, 02/02/10)
[edit on 23-6-2010 by MikeNice81]