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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
    Would you care to post those "statistics"?
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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Statistically speaking, it makes a person less safe.

    Personally, I believe it makes me safer, since my wife and I are careful in the way we handle and store our guns and we don't live in a situation where one of us is likely to use the gun against the other in anger. This removes most of the risk factors involved in owning a handgun.

    On the flip side, if I were put into some sort of life threatening confrontation with an intruder in my home, I believe I and my family are more likely to make it out alive and unhurt if one of more of us is armed.
    No, that is false. You are using a statistical basis for "people," not for "a person." The poll question is does it make me safer, not does have a gun make people safer.

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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Other. Safety, as defined as the absence of risk, is not attainable. Merely owning a gun, as with any tool, is only part of the equation - knowing how to use that tool and having it available at the time of need are also critical factors.

    Perhaps a better way to look at it is - would you rather have a gun and not need it or need a gun and not have it?
    Indeed. Skilled use of a tool can significantly magnify it's usefulness and impact. Therefore, I'm going to the shooting range once a month, and send around 200 rounds down range each time (paper targets) - to hone my skills with the tool. Practicing safe storage (lock box), and keeping ammunition and firearm is separate places.

    Not too worried about the house though, I've got a big dog that barks loud and low, better than any alarm system, and he loves to play too. Should any intruder shot the dog, he's going to get it next, through the wall if I have to.
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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    That isn't what it's about. It's about being able to defend oneself if the need arises. One never knows when a gun will be needed, and I'd rather not need one, and have it, than to need it, and be without. It does't matter to me if I am the ONLY person who wants to own a gun. This isn't about us vs them. It's about the right to protect oneself from aggression by another.
    Why are you always so ****ing sensible?

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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    I reject the question as it is asked.

    A handgun doesn't make one safe or unsafe what it does -- if properly trained to use it -- is it increases your ability to defend yourself from outside force. Be it against your person or property.

    WTF does being "safe" mean? Seriously, think about this.
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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    Depends on the situation, but in general I'd say having a gun in your hand makes you more safe.

    It also makes everyone criminals around you less safe.
    Fixed it for you.

    Of course, being a “progressive”, you are, by definition, on the side of criminals, so it makes sense that you would consider making them less safe equivalent to making “everyone” less safe.
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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Federalist View Post
    Why are you always so ****ing sensible?
    Because I'm such a commoner.
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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Because I'm such a commoner.
    For some people, that's a real Paine.

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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Wouldn't you also have to compare these statistics with statistics where a gun protected people, for them to be valid as it pertains to the topic of the OP?

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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    No, that is false. You are using a statistical basis for "people," not for "a person."
    I think you're splitting hairs here.
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