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

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    (This thread is not about the 2nd Amendment or banning guns, its about personal choices.)


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

    It isn't about being more or less "safe". It's about being more or less prepared to address a potential threat.

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

    Define safe.
    Own gun, train with gun, take safety course, use brain.

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

    If you're an idiot it can make you significantly less safe....

    keep in mind though, that if you bring a gun into your house, you are bringing in a risk factor not previously present.

    like owning a house with stairs brings in a risk factor that wouldn't exist in a one story home.
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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Depends on the situation, but in general I'd say having a gun in your hand makes you more safe.

    It also makes everyone around you 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 Lutherf View Post
    It isn't about being more or less "safe". It's about being more or less prepared to address a potential threat.
    Boom. Nailed it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    More Safe
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    (This thread is not about the 2nd Amendment or banning guns, its about personal choices.)
    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.
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    Re: Does owning a hand gun for protection make you more safe or less safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    More Safe
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    (This thread is not about the 2nd Amendment or banning guns, its about personal choices.)
    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.
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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.
    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?

    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?
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    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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