Tuesday, April 3, 2012

12 Reasons Why You Should Own a Gun

As I was signing into the blog today and wondering what I should write about, the first thing that greeted me was a comment from Anonymous (I wish he'd left a name so I could give him credit for what you are about to read).  The comment was in response to this post about why you shouldn't have a firearm in your home.  While I still believe that there are circumstances in which some people really shouldn't be in possession of a firearm, the twelve reasons why you should own a gun as outlined by Anonymous below are spot on...

  1. Because You Own a Fire Extinguisher. Bad things happen. You can still call 911, but when seconds count, you need to act quickly to save your life and the life of those you love. 
  2. Because Shooting Is An Olympic Sport. Shooting is an Olympic sport and the United States holds more gold medals than any other nation. 
  3. Because Most Americans Own Guns. You’ll be in good company as a gun owner; nearly fifty percent of households in the U.S. own a firearm. 
  4. Because You Respect The U.S. Constitution. Sometimes you won’t like it when people exercise fundamental freedoms protected by the Constitution, such as freedom of speech. But that simply doesn’t matter: The Supreme Court ruled that every person has a constitutional right to own guns. So respecting the Constitution means respecting the right of others to exercise those constitutional rights. 
  5. Because You Are More Likely to Die By Falling. There were 613 fatal firearms accidents in 2007, one-half of one percent of all fatal accidents. You’re more likely to die by driving, poisoning, drowning or falling than by a gun accident. 
  6. Because Guns Stop Burglars. Last year, the CDC estimated that Americans used guns about 498,000 times to frighten away intruders attempting to break into homes. 
  7. Because Gun Bans Increase Murder Rates. After D.C. banned handguns in 1984, the average murder rate jumped 73 percent while the U.S. murder rate fell 11 percent. 
  8. Because Guns Don’t Cause Murder. A New York Times study of 1,662 murders in the city found that 90 percent of the killers had criminal records. Murderers are not ordinary, law abiding adults. Instead, virtually all murderers are extremely aberrant individuals with life histories of violence, psychopathology, and substance abuse. 
  9. Because Gun Owners Win Political Battles. Gun rights groups have donated $22 million in political campaigns over the last decade, while gun control groups gave $1.8 million. 
  10. Because Ignorance is Dangerous. At current homicide rates, 1 in 240 Americans will be murdered this year. You need to know how to operate a tool that will immediately stop a threat and save your life and the life of those in your household. 
  11. Because Guns Don’t Make Countries More Dangerous. Switzerland has one of the world’s highest gun ownership rates and also one of the lowest homicide rates. In contrast, the countries with the world’s worst homicide rates—South Africa, Columbia, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan—also prohibit law-abiding citizens from owning guns. Compare the 20 per 100,000 homicide rate in Russia, which bans guns, with the 2 per 100,000 rate in neighboring Poland. Compare gun-free Luxembourg’s 9 per 100,000 murder rate with Germany and France with rates of 0.93 and 1.65. 
  12. Because Gun Control Laws Don’t Increase Safety. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences failed to identify even one gun control measure that had a statistically significant reduction in violent crime, suicide, or gun accidents. The Center for Disease Control reached the same conclusion in 2003.


  1. Very "American" reasons.

  2. 1 in 240 will be murdered? Does not sound correct. Perhaps it's missing "000". Love your Blog! Best Regards, Swamp Yankee at SurvivalTTP

  3. probability estimates always require making certain assumptions about the world. but those surprising odds of being murdered are accurate: http://www.nytimes.com/1985/05/06/us/around-the-nation-odds-of-being-murdered-are-1-in-133-study-says.html (older data set, but you get the idea).

  4. Because Most Americans ...
    so that means eating junk food is a good idea.

    Because Guns Stop Burglars. Why doesn't USA have a significantly lower burglary rate than Canada and Norway?http://sso.conferenceboard.ca/HCP/Details/society/burglaries.aspx

  5. So nice to see both sides of the argument...

  6. Thanks for this post. Bad times never comes prior information. Incidents and accidents all happen suddenly, so you need to be prepared to face those problems. If anyone is really interested in buying a licensed gun then they must visit the Firearm Training Center in Boston and join the Firearms safety training classes so as to get their NRA certified firearm.