This is a news story on a Shooting Club I belong to. Channel 9 news interviewed the founder of the club, Tina Wilson Cohen, and a few woman who belong to the group. They also interviewed a gentleman who is against gun ownership and self protection. He quotes a stat, that for everyone one time a gun is used in self defense it is used 22 times in a crime, suicide, or accidental death.
Criminals and people intent on killing themselves DO NOT care about gun laws, so that number has no barring on the issue of self defense. I own a gun to prevent myself from becoming a statistic. Now ,lets talk a little about the accidental deaths. Accidental death by guns has the lowest number of deaths per year. Less than any other form of accident to include car, drowning and even poisoning.
The accidental gun death rate has been falling since 1930 and US accidental gun deaths per year were down to 613 by 2007, out of the 301,579,895 people in the USA, according to the CDC. For comparison, there were 29,846 accidental deaths by poisoning in 2007, again according to the CDC. Note that it is extremely easy to prevent accidental gun deaths by following Jeff Cooper’s Four Rules Of Gun Safety. Click here for a free downloadable brochure that illustrates the four rules.
(The above statistics were found at http://www.tincher.to/guntips.htm)