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  •  aren't knives killing machines (0+ / 0-)

    and cars... aren't cars the #1 killer every year?  

    anyhow, I specifically mentioned that I know about the statistics and that increase in chance of accidental death seemed worth the risk compared to being at the mercy of a home invader, however remote the chances of being a target. nobody likes to be helpless.  there have been some dramatic home invasions in my area the past couple years.  can you blame people wanting to be able to defend themselves?

    also, I notice there's not many statistics cited about the number of home invasions and assaults prevented by bad guys being worried about homeowner guns.

    so all the strident judgementalism never takes that into account.  but again, I recommend this diary series because the idiots who leave guns lying around deserve derision.  responsible gun owners doing everything in their power to secure their weapons and to train in their use shouldn't be mocked.  neighbors shouldn't have their privacy invaded.  they should be forced into safety courses and forced to own safes.  

    whether you realize it or not, YOU benefit from the security your gun owning neighbors provide you.

    •  I think you're making a lot of assumptions. (3+ / 0-)
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      Glen The Plumber, laurnj, Maple Jenny

      And many of them may not be valid.

      As you said upthread, you might not be able to get to your gun in time in the event of a home invasion.  So I think you really have to ask yourself whether having it is in fact making you any safer or whether it's just making you feel safer.  For example, I'm going to assume that many home invasions occur at night.  Would you be able to reach your gun in time if you were awakened out of a sound sleep by an intruder?  Assuming you can, are you willing to use the gun given that you have a child in the house?

      You also appear to be assuming that criminals choose their home invasion targets based upon whether or not someone in the household is armed.  As a lawyer with some familiarity with criminal cases, I tend to doubt this.  In fact, since guns are a very marketable and commonly stolen commodity, if it's known that you have one, you might be inviting just as much trouble as you think you're avoiding.

      As for the privacy issue, I think you need to consider the rights of people who may not want to be around guns or may not want their children to be around guns.  If your child has a playmate who comes over to your house, don't you think that child's parents have a right to know that you have a gun in the house so that they can make an informed decision about whether they're willing to allow him/her to visit your home?  I know you have a gun safe, but accidents do happen, and as another user has pointed out, children often manage to get into things they shouldn't.  In other words, there are other people who have interests to which your desire for privacy ought to yield.

      There are also other security measures you can take.  Bars on the windows can help, as can an alarm system.  Neither of those things presents the safety concerns a firearm does.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Sat May 18, 2013 at 08:19:41 PM PDT

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