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I'm personally just kind of tired of the "well some people have guns so now we need more guns to defend ourselves" argument. It gets us as a human species nowhere to use violence as an excuse to commit more violence. Looking at this on a global scale that is the excuse the US government constantly uses for having the world's largest military and occupying foreign countries. On a more personal level, I just don't see how owning a gun ever makes someone safer. It isn't just about having a gun on you 99% of the time for it to actually be useful in a unexpected attack, but if you have a gun in your home you have to trust yourself as well as the people you let into your house 100%. It's one thing to be attacked by a domestic partner/rapist/criminal physically it is completely another if they can get access to your gun. Or what's to say during a heated argument, you may not pull out a gun and end up killing someone you never intended to in the "heat of the moment". The worse kind of violence is gun on gun violence. Again, I think a gun is only effective in an attack if you're assuming the other person for example during a robbery doesn't have a gun. In the case of both having guns is a matter of hoping your the one who shoots first and you're very good at shooting.
I read this today.
"Does having a gun improve my chances of defending myself in a violent situation? Honestly not sure, but I'm pretty clear what not having one does for my chances." - Bruce St. James
Then there is this:http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/armed-civilians-do-not-... Also in light of George Zimmerman waving a gun around in an altercation with his wife, someone on twitter claimed there is a 300% increase in a chance of a woman being murdered during a domestic dispute if there is a gun present. Again, this is why I keep thinking back to my personal experiences because I can only logically think in a situation where for instance I was being choked and managed to fight back, what would have happened if there was a gun in the equation? Would I even have been given that opportunity? Pro-gun people think "oh well if you had a gun" yeah if I had a gun I would have probably been shot with it.
I don't really want to argue about this. I think that "a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still". I probably won't change your mind and you probably won't change mine. :)
Off the topic, but George Zimmerman's wife recanted and said there was no gun involved in the altercation.
I don't believe my husband will ever pull a gun on me, if that's what you're worried about. We are both peace lovers and can't even bring ourselves to squash a bug.
I am sorry that you have been attacked in the past by those you loved/ trusted.
'Ironically no one has offered up a bit of evidence, neither personal experience nor an article like the one above to convince me that gun ownership is a good idea.'
I did.. get the book:
Decades of historical data/statistics show that more guns = less crime.