homecomfort wrote:according to FBI statistics, if anyone believes them, a gun owner, is 15 times more likely to be killed by a weapon, than protected by it. sounds good to me.
No, I'm not going to believe a claim that generic FBI statistics show that a "gun owner is 15 times more likely to be killed by a weapon, then protected by it."
First, let's define weapon. A weapon can be anything that is used to inflict bodily harm on someone, etc, a gun, a knife, a chair, a lead pipe, you get the idea. My VA carry conceal permit allows me to carry my 18inch machete concealed if I chose to do so. So what weapon does the "FBI" statistics you claim to have say gun owners are killed by. And while we're at let's look at the location the death occurs at. Is it in the home or out, is this in self defense or as victims? Just wondering because that all makes a difference doesn't it. That's why a link to your reference is important if you want us to believe you or should we just accept this as fact and pass it along. I'm going to question it because you have revealed yourself to be a leftist and you flavor all your postings with that bias.
Second, we have to look at the scenario. Are you looking in the home or out? Is this a homicide or a suicide? Domestic argument? I'm going to go with the in the Home scenario. Arthur Kellermann published a report: "Gun Ownership as a Risk Factor for Homicide in the Home," New England Journal of Medicine, October 7, 1993, Vol. 329 No. 15, pp. 1084-91 that clearly shows your claim is bogus. Check it out at http://www.guncite.com/gun-control-kell ... times.html
. I know the data is considered old but when I checked out "the FBI" statistics I discovered that over all crime is down so I can safely assume that the 2.7 risk of being killed by a personally owned gun in the home stated in 1993 has gone down as well. This data can be confirmed easily from other reputable sources, including the NRA and most local Police depts. Just do a google search like I did.
Homecomfort, I see that you are new to our little family. Please understand, anyone is free to post here (thank you mayor) but if you make claims such as you did here, they will be questioned and proven wrong if they are indeed wrong. Arguing with documented facts is hard to do intelligently but go for it. Just provide your links so we can determine it is a fact, not a personal opinion. Have a great day, Lisa