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The last thing I will say about guns for a long time

February 8, 2013

The blog has been weirdly active over the last couple of days. I attribute this mostly (and obviously) to the fact that it was linked to in the Daily Beast yesterday. I have some thoughts on this, not all of which are entirely complimentary to either myself or to them.

First of all: cool. To have something I wrote quoted in the same paragraph as the New York Times and a national pundit such as Michelle Malkin is kind of a thrill. I’m not gonna lie. It put a smile on my face.

Second: really? Is my tiny blog really that representative of the thinking of so many people? I mean, I suppose in a certain way it is. Calling Trotter “officially the most insane gun advocate in America” – which I did – is probably a good snapshot of many people’s view when they watched that video. It’s also good copy I guess. And based on how many people clicked through to my blog from that article it did what it was supposed to do, which was to capture attention.

And lastly: enough. This “gun debate” is getting stupid. The facts on the ground are simple and telling. Guns are far more dangerous to the people that own them and their families than they are to “intruders.” Here’s a quote from that New York Times opinion post which was linked to next to my blog in the Daily Beast (they’re better at research than me):

The cost-benefit balance of having a gun in the home is especially negative for women, according to a 2011 review by David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Far from making women safer, a gun in the home is “a particularly strong risk factor” for female homicides and the intimidation of women.

In domestic violence situations, the risk of homicide for women increased eightfold when the abuser had access to firearms, according to a study published in The American Journal of Public Health in 2003. Further, there was “no clear evidence” that victims’ access to a gun reduced their risk of being killed. Another 2003 study, by Douglas Wiebe of the University of Pennsylvania, found that females living with a gun in the home were 2.7 times more likely to be murdered than females with no gun at home.

So yeah, no more gun talk here for a while. For me it’s a dead issue. I don’t want a gun, because the chances of me ever needing one are slim to none. I would suggest no one else keep guns in their homes for the same reasons. But the 2nd Amendment exists and it’s not going anywhere. So the focus ought to be about gun responsibility and training, and on tracking and registering ALL weapons rather than banning them.

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