October 18, 2015

100 Words -- The Real Danger for Gun Owners

You hear a lot of talk about owning guns for self-defense. Here’s something to think about. On average, 9,000 people are murdered every year with a firearm, while 21,000 people use a firearm to commit suicide.  This tells me a gun owner is more than twice as likely to kill himself as to be murdered. (Of the roughly 1,000 murder-suicides per year, the vast majority involve a firearm.) Statistically, the greater danger is NOT a criminal armed with a firearm. Rather, it is the depressed, unemployed, divorced or soon-to-be-divorced gun owner who is a threat to himself and to others.

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