There is one facet of gun ownership and gun usage that goes pretty much unnoticed — or perhaps unnoted. The one-time incidents that happen within the homes of children either killed or killing, and of spouses killed or killing — accidentally or on purpose — and the intruder that overwhelms the gun owner and kills him — thus usurping the argument of use for self-defense.
I firmly believe that the gun usage statistics in this particular area would really overwhelm all other statistics. It is not the random crazy person or the adherent of a foreign power or the government forces that we should fear the most. It is the 4-year-old who has found that pistol that looks just like his toy when he picks it up and then shoots Mom, Dad or sibling or some other relative or friend. How about the wife who has been abused, been neglected or just plain has decided that her golden years would be a lot more golden if spent alone? How about the husband who has been meek and submissive for years and suddenly snaps, or has been an obnoxious brute for years and finally goes a step too far? Or the burglar who when “caught in the act” shoots to get away?
There are undoubtedly sources to find statistics for all of the above; they just don’t add up fast enough to impress the NRA or anyone else defending the right to own guns. And, yes, I would defend anyone’s right to own a gun, to protect their person and their property. But, for heaven’s sake, learn to use it properly, keep it stored properly and don’t run around beating on your chest that you have multiple weapons to defend yourself – thus making yourself a target for some criminal element to come and rob you of the very things you have to defend yourself with. Also, be very sure to treat your spouse well, don’t forget birthdays, anniversaries, and be thankful for good meals, bountiful living, etc.
One never knows, the next victim might be you.
Dorothy E. Helmeczi