|06-05-2012, 11:40 AM||#11|
And, when you include brandishment of the weapon in self-defense (not just shooting a perpetrator), it goes through the roof the other way.
You are much more likely to use a gun in defense of yourself than you are to accidentally shoot someone you know. (In other words, if you exclude intentional shootings and crimes, and include defensive uses of the gun other than actually putting a bullet in someone, it's a blowout in favor of gun ownership). And most importantly, these risks are something you have some control over -- you are a person, not a statistic. Your choices can affect your destiny.
Other handy tips for people -- whenever you hear a statistic about "children" and guns, they are including "children" up until the age of 18, and not pointing out that the numbers are hugely made up of gang-related criminal shootings of teenage boys. Also, they have been caught red-handed before counting "children" up to the age of 21.