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Does A Gun in the Home Make a Home Less Safe?

The Myth: A gun in the home makes a home less safe.

We've all likely heard this claim from an anti-gunner among us, and though our guts tell us it's BS (the vast majority of us have lived with many guns for many years without a single incident) we often don't know how to argue it. For the answer, I'll turn to the experts: award winning criminologists and NRA-ILA.

The Expert Deferral: NRA-ILA's Fables and Myths and other Tall Tales about Gun Laws, Crime and Constitutional Rights:

"Firearms are used three to five times more often to stop crimes than to commit them,1 and accidents with firearms are at an all-time recorded low.2 In spite of this, anti-firearm activists insist that the very act of keeping a firearm in the home puts family members at risk, often claiming that a gun in the home is '43 times' more likely to be used to kill a family member than an intruder, based upon a study by anti-gun researchers of firearm-related deaths in homes in King County (Seattle), Washington.3 Although Arthur Kellermann and Donald Reay originally warned that their study was of a single non-representative county and noted that they failed to consider protective uses of firearms that did not result in criminals being killed, anti-gun groups and activists use the '43 times' claim without explaining the limitations of the study or how the ratio was derived.

"To produce the misleading ratio from the study, the only defensive or protective uses of firearms that were counted were those in which criminals were killed by would-be crime victims. This is the most serious of the study's flaws, since fatal shootings of criminals occur in only a fraction of 1% of protective firearm uses nationwide.4 Survey research by award-winning Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck, has shown that firearms are used for protection as many as 2.5 million times annually."

Read the full story to blow holes in claims of the next anti-gunner that spews this myth.

The Conclusion: This myth is totally false, and anti-gunners can't stand it.

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10 Responses to Does A Gun in the Home Make a Home Less Safe?

Keith Carmany wrote:
June 28, 2011

I have had to defend myself at home twice. Luckily I did not have to shoot. The sight of the gun turned things my way. If I did not have a firearm at had I would likely have been dead in 1977! The antis can twist facts but not the truth of what my guns have done.

Gerald Lewis wrote:
June 28, 2011

I am 70 years old, own 150 assorted guns, keep 20 to30,000 rounds of ammo on hand on any given day so that increases my odds of an accident by about 50,000 to one against any unarmed idiot. So why am I still here??????? It is a thing rarly heard of in the anti-gun world called common sense. If you think you aren't smart enough to be safe then you probably are not safe. Leave me alone !

Charlie Kim wrote:
June 27, 2011

speed of police getting to the crime scene: at least 10 minutes. speed of bullet leavingmy chamber: at least 1100fps id teach my kids and family gun safety and entrust my family's safety to my firearms any day over some anti-gunners false claims/scare tactics.

Dean Palmer wrote:
June 22, 2011

And tell me why, why would an anti-gun person think he or she is safer without a self protection firearm? Do you guys think the police are going to miraculously show up in the nick of time before the meth-soaked robber takes everything in your house, rapes your wife, and before you end up on the floor bleeding to death? What if they cut the phone lines before they break in? And how many people keep their cell phone right by their bed? So who ya gonna to call ... Ghost Busters? You pick up the phone, they laugh, then put a bullet in your brain. No thanks. I'll takes me chances with my 'ol buddy Winchester! And Mr. Robber damn-well better be a better shot than I am! And why is it your business anyway if I have a gun in MY home or not? You live your way, I'll live mine!

Dean Palmer wrote:
June 22, 2011

I was always taught to have a healthy respect for firearms. And had I ever even thought about going near the gun cabinet when I was a lad, I would have probably had to peel myself off the wall after my Ex-Air Force Father put me through it! We knew to never touch them. Funny how BS and all the foolish studies championed by anti-gun people propagates around and the web! "If we have to explain it to you, you wouldn't understand anyway."

Fred wrote:
June 21, 2011

I also grew up with guns and at 65 I can say I have never wanted to kill another human being even though I have heard of many who might be on a 'better-off-dead' list. I strongly believe in educating young people about guns and teaching them about having an attitude of defense not offense.

Dana wrote:
June 21, 2011

No matter how many times you tell the same lie, it never amounts to the truth. Although, it's unfortunate the lame stream media buys into this crap, and perpetuates it as if it was backed by facts.

Dave wrote:
June 21, 2011

I believe that this myth is completely false but the fact that the references used are all from the nineties makes me think that they are out dated. With the NRA's resources I would have hoped for a more updated resource for the rest of us to use when talking to people.

grew up with guns wrote:
June 21, 2011

Not at all. I grew up with guns in the home. Never once thought to "play" with them. I was taught to keep my hands off my parents things.

Sanger Rainsford wrote:
June 20, 2011

Always thought that was a farce, the bad news is that the media repeats it & folks believe it! Keep up the good work, guys!