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Deadlier than a Gun, A Liberals Pen

We now have an unfortunate experiment, to answer that question, initiated by the idiotic actions of the media

One person commented on one of my blogs that:

"The fact is that, unless you're a criminal, that gun is much more likely to kill or hurt someone who's innocent than to protect someone from being killed or hurt"

The progressive viewpoint can only understand the world from their viewpoint that guns are a danger to everyone.  Guns do not provide any protection.  In essence they see no redeeming value.  That is --unless they suddenly feel the need for protection.  Then its fine for them.  Thus proving their own belief that guns really do help protect and revealing their own deceit.

My initial answer was:

"We now have an unfortunate experiment, to answer that question, initiated by the idiotic actions of the media (a New York newspaper that just started using armed guards). I am sure someone will track future crime in the area where the names and addresses of conceal carry were published."

And I didn't have to wait long for a first answer to my prediction.

Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service – to their old cronies in the burglary trade.
The information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com. Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them.
“That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen,” said Walter T. Shaw, 65, a former burglar and jewel thief who the FBI blames for more than 3,000 break-ins that netted some $70 million in the 1960s and 1970s. “Having a list of who has a gun is like gold - why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?

So there are things far deadlier than a gun,  that is the misguided pen of the liberal journalist!  Putting people in danger is their specialty.

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Liberaltarian January 10, 2013 at 03:52 PM
I have no doubt (and it's common sense) that a criminal is less likely to choose someone who has a gun as a victim. I also agree that it was irresponsible for the media to publish the names and addresses of people who owned guns. If my pen is misguided, it's only because I can't seem to communicate my point well enough for you and others to understand. So I'll try again. Owning a gun can have positive outcomes and negative outcomes. A positive is that the possibility that a potential victim has a gun likely deters some crime. Also, some crimes are thwarted when the victim actually uses a gun in self-defense. And, hunting, target shooting, and gun collecting are fun hobbies for a lot of people. On the negative side, some gun owners don't have sufficient skills or the ability to make split-second decisions under pressure that are necessary to safely use a gun in self-defense or when hunting. Gun owners can mistakenly or carelessly let children have access to their guns resulting in accidental deaths or injuries. Gun owners can get angry, drunk, or both and use their gun commit crimes of passion. People considering suicide are more likely to kill themselves if a gun is handy than if they have to use a different method. Crazed kids, relatives, neighbors, etc. might take your gun to commit crimes.
Liberaltarian January 10, 2013 at 04:08 PM
I'm saying that the vast majority of people who own guns solely for the purpose of protection are much more likely to experience a negative outcome than a positive. If you're a hunter, target shooter, or collector, the enjoyment you get from your guns likely outweighs the negatives. However, these people should (and most do) understand that the presence of guns in their houses creates a safety risk. I do not want the government to ban gun ownership. I simply want regular people who are considering purchasing a gun for protection to know that bad things are much more likely to happen if they own a gun than if they don't. I think lives could be saved if people were aware of this. I also think that responsible hunters, target-shooters, and collectors should help get that message out as a way to protect their hobbies.

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