June 29, 2016 by skokielib
Statistics show that a gun in the home is much more likely to be used to kill or injury a member of the family, than in self defense. The gun rights crowd ignores these statistics and latches on, instead, to the exceedingly rare examples of someone protecting themselves with a gun as evidence that guns make you safer. But they are wrong. In many cases, literally dead wrong.
But guns are deadly weapons that require little thought or rational thinking before taking someone’s life. Once you’ve pulled the trigger, there is no taking it back.
So here you have a gun rights advocate, that claimed she needed a gun in her home to protect her family, and she used it to kill her daughters. Guns don’t save lives, they take lives. Guns are designed to kill. That is why they were invented. That is why armies and police forces use them.
Let’s stop these kinds of tragedies and implement gun control that requires more than just money to buy a gun. Perhaps we should consider requiring training, screening, safety testing, and other measures to try to decrease the number of these tragic deaths that we see.
Let’s study gun violence and try to figure out how to decrease the 30,000+ gun deaths we see in this country each year.
Gun rights advocates are correct when they say we can’t stop all murders. But that is true with anything. We can’t stop all airplane crashes, all drunk driving, or all unsafe cars, but we have been remarkably successful at studying these events, learning valuable lessons, and dramatically decreasing fatalities.