Ask the Edmonds Cop: Gun ownership and personal safety, part 1

Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley answers your public safety questions. Part 1 of 2 parts: What to think about when considering gun ownership for personal protection.

  1. Thanks Teresa –

    What is often not discussed in theses kinds of conversations is the risk we incur from owning a gun. While most people erroneously assume that owning a gun makes them safer, the best research from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that owning a handgun puts a person and their family at significantly increased risk of having a firearms-related tragedy (e.g., homicide, accidental shooting of family member, suicide, etc) occur in their home. Something like 30 to 40% of the population experiences depression at some point in their lives, and having a gun handy increases the risk of suicide. Roughly 2 children die a week from finding an unsecured firearm. And handguns are used in may accidental shootings, crimes of passion, etc. The point is that for the typical person, having a gun in the home is far more likely to lead to tragedy than to ever be used in a legitimate act of self-defense. Anyone considering owning a firearm should educate themselves on these facts before making their decision.
    (for reference: https://www.bradycampaign.org/risks-of-having-a-gun-in-the-home)

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