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  •  I have a question (2+ / 0-)
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    If you keep a gun in your house are you more likely to be assaulted in your home by an intruder or injured by your own weapon?? Do statistics uphold any evidence that having a gun in your house actually does make you safer??

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:27:36 AM PST

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    •  I would think you would need (2+ / 0-)
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      statistics and a study to determine that.

      I don't have the answer for you as I am looking for a direction to finding stats for home invasions.

      Part of my curiosity is driven by this diary and part by a conversation I had with a friend whose son just bought her a shotgun for home protection.  Now she lives in an area that is not densely populated but suburban in nature and to my knowledge, has no known issues with home break-ins let alone invasions. So that sparked my curiosity as to the need (which frankly she doesn't see either).  

      And in my personal experience where I've had discussions with police officers regarding a rash of crime in our area.  Crimes seem almost exclusively restricted to getting into vehicles.  I wondered why vehicles and not garages where there are more valuable things.  The answer was 1. need to have something easy to carry and conceal. 2. Going into the garage elevates the degree of crime and that is not desirable.    And to take it a further step, home burglaries (as was related) rarely involved weapons since that also elevates the level of crime.  Made sense but then again it was anecdotal.

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:43:00 AM PST

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    •  If you want to quote, look at the studies showing (3+ / 0-)

      homes where there are guns are more likely to have someone in the family shot by another member of the family, be that accidental or intentional.

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