FCP Bob, on 31 January 2017 - 06:14 AM, said:
Having a gun in the home statistically makes that home less safe.
It does, but that's because 'statistics' categorize well balanced, sane, capable, intelligent people as Group A and divide them by the actions of retards in Group B to form some kind of 'ratio' that doesn't control for the fact that the people who skew the curve shouldn't be dictating policy for everyone else.
The Y factor in "gun crime statistics" in the United States are blacks. You really don't have many of them in Canada... but even if you did, it is indeed true that the scale of gun ownership in the United States plays a role in gun misuse. It's just that we're too far gone on that issue to really do anything about it. There are too many guns, there's no amount of idealists with aggregate statistics or even school shootings that will cause anybody to give up the gun they have, so our reality is what it is.
If we could go back in time, we'd probably be better off not letting things get to this point but at this point, there's nothing we can do. It's too late.
Unfortunately, to the 2nd amendment simpletons, facts and studies are always going to be less compelling than anecdotes. So the story about a grandmother protecting her grandchildren by fighting off a home invasion with a handgun is all you are going to hear about when the gun control issue comes up.
Be that as it may, the "you're statistically less safe if you have a gun in the home" is kinda like how you're statistically less safe if you own a car or you're statistically less safe and more likely to drown if you own a pool.
You manipulate idiots with authority.
You manipulate the average with anecdotes.
You manipulate the average who believe they're 'above average' with statistics.
may be less safe if you own a gun because you're irresponsible and prone to suicide or unable to control your emotion. That's really your problem, yet you project your own inadequacies onto the rest of society.