Guns are an especially politicized and polarizing topic. On one side of the fence, there are individuals who want tighter gun control laws. In their argument, they cite some of the recent mass shootings, including:
- Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting where 49 people were killed.
- The Charleston Church shooting where 9 people lost their lives.
- The movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado where 12 people died.
- Sandy Hook school shooting where 27 people (including 20 children) were killed.
Additional arguments on the side of those who want more gun control are based on the following statistics:
- 8% of all accidental shooting deaths involve the trigger being pulled by a child under the age of six.
- Between the years of 2005 and 2010 more than 3,800 people died due to accidental shootings.
- More than 50% of all suicides are committed with a firearm.
- 65% of all homicides involve a firearm.
- 31,076 people in the U.S. were killed by guns in 2010 alone.
When people who have hateful or terroristic intent, mental health problems, or negative motives acquire a gun, the results can be devastating. For some, these statistics are enough to ban guns completely.
The Other Side of the Gun Debate
The fact remains, there are many responsible gun owners out there. While guns do result in mass shootings, accidents, suicides, and homicides, they are used for other purposes, too, including:
- Hunting (for necessity or fun)
- Law enforcement
- Personal protection
- Sports and recreation
When facing a situation such as a home invasion, guns provide a manner of self-defense and safety for the homeowner. There are others who only use firearms for fun or sport. They also enjoy teaching their children how to safely use guns. For the millions of responsible gun owners across the country, firearms represent an important part of their lives. As a result, they argue that banning guns can harm their safety and wellbeing.
Safety Tips for Owning a Gun
If you plan to own a gun, for whatever reason, the key is to be responsible and safe when using it. Some gun safety tips, provided by the NRA include:
- Make sure you know how to operate the gun, including loading and unloading it prior to handling it.
- Always fire and point the gun in a clear, safe direction. Never point it at another person, even if it is unloaded.
- Store all the firearms in an inaccessible, safe place.
- Don’t ever allow a child to use a firearm, or someone who is under the influence of drugs.
- Always use ear and eye protection.
- Make sure the fire arm is well maintained and cleaned prior to using it.
The Bottom Line
Owning a gun is a privilege. It is important to always remain responsible and safe. If you are injured due to someone else irresponsibly handling or using a gun, then you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. Contact the attorneys at Bautista LeRoy to learn more about this and how you can be a responsible gun owner.