Do guns in the home make you safe or just make you feel safer? Here is one recent study on the matter that would suggest the later:
“Risks and Benefits of a Gun in the Home“, David Hemenway, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, November/December 2011.
This article summarizes the scientific literature on the health risks and benefits of having a gun in the home for the gun owner and his/her family. For most contemporary Americans, scientific studies indicate that the health risk of a gun in the home is greater than the benefit.
- The evidence is overwhelming for the fact that a gun in the home is a risk factor for completed suicide and that gun accidents are most likely to occur in homes with guns.
- There is compelling evidence that a gun in the home is a risk factor for intimidation and for killing women in their homes.