I received an email challenging me to address the question: Does Owning A gun Make You Safer?
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This is obviously a transparent attempt to increase traffic to a new website, but the question is germane to Second Amendment issues, and so I will respond.
Does Owning A Gun Make You Safer?
Simple ownership of a gun does NOT make you safer.
It might. But it probably would not.
Sure, School and Church and Shopping Mall shootings have demonstrated that Gun Free Zones are often considered to be nothing more than Target Rich Environments, but even though the possession of a gun by a supposed 'victim' has been demonstrated to stop the predation of Aggressors, the mere fact that YOU have a gun doesn't automatically make you "safer".
The possession of a gun only makes you a potential saviour of those self-identified Vicims who are actually shot.
The only way in which a gun can make you safe is if you are trained and ready to use it.
Even if you have a gun and are attacked, or are a member of a group which is attacked, there is no magical forced related to the ownership of a gun which will protect you.
A gun is only tool.
A gun can only "make you safer" if:
- you have it in your possession;
- you are trained to use it;
- you are prepared to use it;
- you actually DO use it, in a situation where you or others around you are threatened
- you have the basic skills to use it appropriately and skillfully
- you can identify the attacker, and are prepared to use your gun to nullify his attack