This is a comment by wellokaythen on the post “Mass Shooting in Aurora, Colorado—Tell Me Why We Don’t Need Gun Control Again?“
“When considering the effect of loosening gun laws, it would be helpful to consider the statistics about ALL the causes of death and injury by firearms. How does the number of people killed accidentally by guns compare to the number murdered by handguns? And, how does the number of self-defense cases compare to the number of accidental cases?
“I suspect that arming everyone all the time would save a few thousands lives every year. But, I suspect that would lead to about 3-4 times as many people killed accidentally.
“Ultimately, it would be a decision about acceptable risk to other people. Of course the swimming pool in your backyard is 200 times more likely to kill your child than a handgun in the house, but then again your swimming pool is not likely to kill 30 people all at once when you go off the rails.
“Good thing Plaxico Burress was armed when he went into that nightclub. His own leg could have attacked him, but fortunately he was able to put a bullet in it to stop a much greater calamity. I would hate to think what could have happened if he had not shot himself … “
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