November 7, 2018
Many gun owners keep firearms in their homes because they believe they will make their families safer. In fact, for every time that guns are successfully used in self-defense, they are used 11 times for a completed or attempted suicide, seven times in criminal assaults and homicides, and four times in unintentional shooting deaths or injuries.
Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that living in a home where there are guns increased risk of homicide by 40 to 170% and the risk of suicide by 90 to 460%, that the risk of dying from an unintentional gunshot injury is 3.7 times higher for adults living in homes with guns, and that states with higher rates of household firearm ownership have significantly higher homicide victimization rates. Every day, 78 children, teens or young adults are injured or killed by guns.
Here’s a tragic case in point. According to this article in the New York Times, last Saturday, Yvonne Woodard and Doyle W. Hebert tried to get their 11-year-old grandson to clean up his room at their home in Litchfield Park, Ariz. While the couple was sitting on the sofa watching television, the boy took his grandfather’s gun, shot his grandmother through the head, and then shot himself. Both Ms. Woodard and the boy died.
Think that would happen without a gun in the house?