domingo, 9 de noviembre de 2014

Gun ownership

The society is divided into people who think that violence is the solution to any problem, and people who use their reason and realize that it is not. I belong to the second group. Just take a look back at the history of the world and see how the man-made weapons have only brought misery to people, although in countries like America, a gun is considered a measure of protection and self defense. Many feel the best way to protect themselves is through gun ownership: having a gun can be the first line of defense against burglars and other criminals. While there is indeed a security benefit that comes with having a gun, I assure that the safety risks outweigh the benefits.

First of all, having a gun can put you at an increased risk for accidents at home. If you have children at home, there is a possibility that they will get a hold of the gun even if it is locked up. Among gun-owning parents who reported that their children had never handled their firearms at home, 22% of the children said that they had. Children often don't understand the risks associated with guns, and they might accidentally hurt themselves, a friend, or a sibling, while thinking that that they are just playing. If you have a gun in the home, there is also a possibility that you will harm a friend, neighbour, or family member by accident. In fact, studies indicate that guns kept at home are involved in the death of a family member 18 times more often than in the death of an intruder. Additionally, guns kept in the home are often used in suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that 83% of gun-related deaths in the home are the result of suicide, often by someone other than the gun owner. Risks such as these should be taken into consideration when thinking about keeping a gun at home.

Owning a gun is a personal decision that every person needs to make for themselves. Carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of gun ownership and make the decision based on what is best for you and your situation. It's important to be informed, weigh your options, and let your opinion be known. As always and foremost, the most important thing is to value and preserve human life, both ours and those of our loved ones, so if you are for gun ownership, maybe you should meditate twice. 

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