I recently came across an interesting website devoted to women and guns called Women of Caliber. The site has some great articles, some of which are aimed at women, some of which apply to everyone.
Here are a few excerpts that I particularly enjoyed.
The myth is that guns kill lots of people every year. The fact is they do, but typically in the hands of criminals. The biggest killer of our American citizens is medical errors, followed by heart disease, and then cancer. Seriously, statistically, doctors who cause death by dereliction are 9,000 times more dangerous than guns held by legal gun owners! And yet no one has ever run a news story that paints doctors and hospital staff in the same barbaric light as gun owners.
Lastly, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the myth is that a gun in the house will result in a fatal accident among children or others. The fact is if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how to use and be safe with a firearm, your chances of an accident happening are sky-high Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not just in your home, but in the home of your neighbors whom your children visit. If you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know about firearms and their workings, how do you know youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll act appropriately if you walk in on a child who has one in their hands? Education is the key. Curiosity and ignorance is a deadly combination and is what causes accidents. Not guns. Attempting to say as much is like saying that pencils cause spelling errors.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m completely accepting of the fact that someone chooses not to have a firearm so long as that person makes the decision with full knowledge of the facts rather than the myths. So please, get informed and then make your decision.
Yes accidents do happen, but if you prepare and educate yourself these accidents can be minimized to nearly zero. Like the article said, curiosity and ignorance lead to accidents, not guns. You wouldn’t let your curious toddler play with gasoline and matches, but you have them on your property don’t you? Education and preparation is the key.