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Suprise: Possessing a gun makes you less safe not more safe

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Quote: Now, to be clear, there is no question that some gun owners have successfully used guns to defend themselves or their property from murder, assault, or theft. It is also clear that no society can eliminate all risks without severely curtailing personal freedoms. For this reason, very few people would advocate laws designed to take away an individual’s right to possess a gun for home safety, personal protection or legitimate sporting purposes. Each person’s individual circumstances are different, and for some people, carrying a firearm may be a good choice.

However, gun owners should not delude themselves into thinking that owning a gun is a decision that reduces their risk of being killed, because they trust their judgment, competence or expertise in handling firearms. Any individual who is absent minded or accident prone, has a volatile temper or is depressed should be very wary of keeping guns in the home.

In addition, anybody who has young children needs to be cautious that they do not leave loaded guns in an area where the children can access them. Families with teenage children who have a history of depression or other mental health concerns also must exercise extra caution. Most importantly, homes where domestic violence or contentious arguments are a reality, should consider being gun-free because guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination. Owning a gun entails a significant degree of risk and any realistic appraisal of the efficacy of keeping or carrying a gun, should involve an individual weighing those risks carefully. While statistics cannot determine the best course of action for your own life or that of your family, bear in mind that the weight of statistical evidence does not support the notion that carrying a gun will make you safer. The evidence tends to suggest the opposite proposition. So if you feel you must have a gun, please exercise your right responsibly and do your best to not put you, your family or your neighbors in harm’s way. http://www.examiner....e-not-more-safe

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Obvious, but the mentality is that happens to other people, not me. Why I don't own a gun - the odds are better myself or my family will be shot by my gun than anyone else.

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Whatever makes you feel better

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Pretty sure possessing a firearm makes you more safe than without.

Ask the lady that got robbed while getting money out of the ATM this morning here in the small town of Leicester NC. Just opened her passenger door and took her purse.

We also have started a coalition against home invasions here in Leicester. 24 break ins/ thefts to local businesses and residences in thepast week. We are calling for their detainment or death. And that's what they deserve.

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the statistic that gun owners are more likely to be shot does bring up the whole correlation/causation debate.

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No it doesn't. Proper training in storage and handling of firearms is a must. My 5 year old girl is pretty accurate with her BB gun. And she handles it like a pro. Muzzle towards the ground....until you see that squirrel.

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Statistics suggest you are deluding yourself, as I am pretty sure 90 percent or more of people that own guns feel that these bad things would never happen to them.

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Statistics suggest you are deluding yourself, as I am pretty sure 90 percent or more of people that own guns feel that these bad things would never happen to them.

Once again. You guarded nukes. Shut up.

You should have no say so in any of this. You were a security guard for nukes.

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Once again. You guarded nukes. Shut up.

You should have no say so in any of this. You were a security guard for nukes.

wait what? what does that have to do with the validity of his opinions?

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wait what? what does that have to do with the validity of his opinions?

What does that have to do with yours?

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This is how liberals/progressives work. See above posts.

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