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Response to AlexSatan (Reply #65)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:51 PM

71. The evidence: Thousands of families and their children have paid the ultimate price

for having guns in the home. The odds are also increased for dying from a homicide in the home, not reduced, among those with firearms in the home. This isn't my opinion; it's what multiple studies have shown:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly two million children live in homes with loaded, unlocked guns.4 The presence of guns increases the risk of death. Most adolescent suicides involve a gun owned by a parent.5 Parents may think they have adequately protected their children by safely storing their guns, but this sense of security is often misplaced. A study by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center found that 39 percent of children interviewed knew the location of their parentsí guns and 22 percent said they had handled the guns despite their parentsí reporting otherwise.6 Children under 10 were just as likely to have reported knowing where the guns were kept and having handled them as older children. Research shows that it is not enough to talk to children about the dangers of guns. Children exposed to gun safety programs are no less likely to play with guns than those who are not exposed to such classes. Simply removing guns from the home is one of the best ways to protect children and teens from gun deaths.

Source: Children's Defense Fund 2012 Report about Children and Guns

And according to the peer-reviewed Journal of Epidemiology:

Those persons with guns in the home were at greater risk than those without guns in the home of dying from a homicide in the home (adjusted odds ratio = 1.9, 95% confidence interval: 1.1, 3.4).

Source: Guns in the Home and Risk of a Violent Death in the Home: Findings from a National Study

The Epidemiology Journal article has a lot of good, scientifically grounded information. It's worth reading the abstract.

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