10 Reasons to Consider Owning a Gun
Many people believe that owning a gun is unsafe, but the fact of the matter is, most people who own guns do so in order to keep themselves and their loved ones as safe as possible. However, it’s easy enough to say that you believe owning a gun helps protect yourself and your family, but let’s dig a little bit deeper into what that really means. Here are some reasons to consider getting yourself a gun, whether they’re dangerous situations you might find yourself in unexpectedly or because you enjoy game hunting.
- The odds are in your favor. In 2007, there were about 600 firearm accidents that resulted in death. This was less than half of just one percent all of the fatal accidents that happened that year! While gun safety is certainly no joke and needs to be taken extremely seriously, the fact is that as long as you and everyone in your household are aware of the responsible ways to handle a firearm, you can rest assured that the gun won’t be causing any problems
- Shooting is recognized as a sport. Did you know that shooting is an Olympic sport? The United States has more gold medals than any other country!
- Not to mention target shooting, but game hunting is a common sport and pastime as well. It’s important that you have good aim, confidence, and a level head when you’re shooting your game. This is so that everyone can enjoy the experience safely and so your game is killed as quickly and humanely as possible. Many people believe hunting to be unethical, but the truth is, hunting helps to prevent overpopulation and keep the wildlife and ecosystem in balance.
- If gun ownership liberties are scaled back by the federal or state governments, it is highly unlikely that shady people and criminals are going to surrender their guns. It’s best to prepared and knowledgeable about how they operate in case that happens.
- Protect your valuables. If you own a fireproof safe to keep all of your valuables in, you can rest easy knowing that not only are those items kept safe potential harm or accident, but if you have a gun, you’ll be able to protect yourself and your family physically, as well. Additionally, for organization’s safe, it’s easy to keep all of your most important things in one place (especially tucked away from curious kids or clumsy pets).
- You always need to act fast. If you’re ever in a violent, unsafe, or dangerous situation, the fact of the matter is, you won’t be able to get emergency help from the police or any medical team until you’re able to call them. Having a gun on you or even knowing how to use, disarm, and otherwise operate them can be the difference between life and death. In a situation like that, every second counts, and it’s better to be armed and ready to put up a good fight.
- It is not necessarily true that a nation or city is safer and experiences less crime where guns are illegal. For example, Russia has banned recreational and private gun use. However, there is a 20 per 100,000 homicide rate there – meaning 20 of those 100,000 murders were gun-related – where guns are use, but only 0.93 per 100,000 in Germany.
- Owning a gun doesn’t make you a bad person! A terrible stereotype that law-abiding, gun-owning American citizens have to endure is that if they own a gun or even practice shooting in their free time, they are automatically assumed to be violent and unintelligent. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, a study by the New York Times found that over 90% of murderers that occurred in the city were caused by individuals who already had criminal records. This means that killers and murderers are not the average citizen. In fact, these people have histories of violence and trouble with the law. Owning a gun to protect yourself from them does not make you one of them, especially if you use it responsibly and make sure that the other members of your household also know how to handle it safely.
- Guns are effective! Even if you don’t actually fire, if any intruders will surely be frightened off when they see the barrel of the gun. In fact, the CDC has estimated that in a single year, the American public used guns almost half a million different times to scare off home intruders safely.
- America takes gun practice seriously. Most of the states issue permits or licenses to people who carry concealed weapons. Additionally, when people obtain these permits, they often have to take classes or courses before they are allowed ownership. This helps everybody stay as safe as possible, especially when handling a gun.