Henry Vilas wrote:Some people think that guns in the home should be at the ready (loaded and not locked up) in case of a home invasion. Yet if those people have children, tragedy often ensues.
Guns in the home proving deadly for kidsAlthough mass shootings get more attention, children are far more likely to be killed at home.
Through homicide, suicide and accidents, guns cause twice as many deaths in young people as cancer, five times as many as heart disease and 15 times as many as infections, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Well, nice article that is all over the place and doesn't bother to provide any data to examine. The story of "Brian" was from 1997.
Don't you think it's a bit odd to compare causes of death for cancer and heart disease in young people, when cancer and heart disease are afflictions that predominately affect people as they get older and are relatively uncommon among children? Looks like a nice attempt to sensationalize and distort things.
And while the story pretends to be all about guns in the home, they don't bother to make a distinction or identify how many of the mentioned actually occur in the home and how many occur outside the home. They're perfectly willing to include deaths during hunting accidents and gang-related shootings: things that have little if anything to do with proper gun storage at home. The don't even both to identify young people by age group. So while everyone is imagining little kids getting killed these articles typically include older teens and young adults.
For a more object perspective on it you're better off looking at information from the Center for Disease Control:
Looking at the information on non-fatal injuries treated at emergency rooms show that gun-related injuries don't crack the top ten in any age group, whereas falls generally top the list, along with bites and stings, motor vehicle injuries, unintentional cuts and punctures, and so on....
Of course nothing excuses allowing unauthorized access to your firearm at home or anywhere. But it is certainly possible to safely have a loaded firearm in the home, even with children present. Keeping it under the pillow isn't the way to do it.