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Culture, Government, Life

Guns and Accidents

This should be a short, to the point post (unless I start rambling).

I’ve heard a lot of people tout the statistics that say if you have a gun in your home you are more likely to have someone in your home accidentally shot with it than a home that has no firearms in it. This is true, but it’s also meaningless. This is why.

People who have things are more likely to have accidents with those things than people who don’t. If you drive a car, you are more likely to be involved in a car accident than if you don’t have a car. That’s just logical. When you have something the likelihood of it being misused goes up.

According to this document: (http://nyagv.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Accidental-Shootings-NYAGV.pdf) 3,800 people were accidentally shot and killed over 6 years. That’s about 633 a year (assuming the numbers aren’t inflated on this very pro-gun control pdf). That’s about 1.6 % of the people who accidently die in cars every year. Yet the same people who rail to take away guns for safety’s sake aren’t trying to take away private ownership of cars. Why not?

That document also says that you’re 22 times more likely to be accidentally shot and killed by your own gun than by a criminal’s. How can that be when there are about 18,000 homicides a year and only 633 accidental deaths? Well it’s a little misleading. It is only taking about defending your home. And then it only counts the times people did defend their home. It’s not saying that your less likely to need it, only that it only happens that many times. So if someone breaks into your house and you have a gun then it counts for their statistics. However if someone breaks in and you don’t, then it doesn’t count as a time you would have needed it.

I only point this out because the way the statistics are being presented is biased. Of course if you have a gun you’re more likely to have an accident with it than someone who doesn’t have one. Honestly, how could you expect that to not be the case? So if accidents are reason to ban guns, they are also to ban cars, buckets, bikes, trees, etc.

Please, be consistent.

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