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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #45)

Mon Aug 26, 2013, 11:43 AM

53. Home protection vs. other uses.

I am somewhat in agreement with several points in your post. I have several firearms, but I consider only one of them to be for "home protection." It's a relatively large handgun (a 1911, if anyone cares) that's a bit bulky for carry purposes under most circumstances. It's the one that's quickly available to me when I'm at home (the others, which I have for other purposes, are kept locked in the safe when not in use). When I go out, it goes in the safe. I live downtown in a condominium, so a rifle is a poor choice for home protection for me (rifle rounds tend to go through walls...). I'm a small, slightly-built person, which makes shotguns pretty unpleasant to shoot; I doubt I'd practice enough to responsibly rely on one for protection purposes.

My firearms represent what is obviously a greater-than-zero risk to me (the only person in the household), but I consider that risk to be so minimal that it can be treated as zero for any reasonable risk analysis purpose.

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