Ask the Edmonds Cop: Gun ownership and safety, Part 2

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

  1. Thanks for once again discussing the important topic of gun ownership. While there was some useful information provided in the video, such as the importance of safe storage, licensing procedures, etc., what was conspicuous by its absence was any significant discussion on the merits of gun ownership. While some reasons for owning a gun (e.g., hunting) were mentioned, an unchallenged assumption in the video was that owning a gun for self-defense purposes “makes sense.” It is very important for people who are considering buying a gun to know that gun ownership puts the typical household at significantly greater risk of having a firearms-related tragedy happen in their home, compared to homes where guns are not present.

    For many years, this type of information was not readily available because Congress banned the use of government funding to study the risks associated with gun ownership. However, in recent years there has been excellent research done by the Harvard School of Public Health and others, that clearly show the substantial risks associated with gun ownership. Anyone considering owning a handgun should familiarize themselves with these risks before making a decision. For convenience, I’ve enclosed a link to multiple research studies:

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