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You May Feel Safer With a Gun, But ...

Posted on the 22 August 2012 by Mikeb302000
via an op-ed in the Asbury Park Press by Michael I. Frischberg
You may feel safer with a gun, but you are in more danger.
Someone who owns a gun is far more likely to shoot himself, shoot a family member in an argument, or be shot by a family member in an argument, than to shoot a criminal. The suicide rate of gun owners is much higher than that of non-gun owners.
States with liberal gun laws and many armed citizens have higher crime rates than states with strict gun laws. The fact is that arming the citizenry will only increase gun violence.

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