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The leading debate over gun control laws is the need for self-protection Because fear is prevalent people tend to always argue they need the guns for a sense of security Their main focus is that there are not enough police to go around to fully protect them Claims say they are less fearful in their neighborhoods and are not likely to be afraid in their homes at night They say that with a gun in their home they are less likely to be attacked burglarized or robbed then without one 1 Despite all the claims guns do not make a home safer In fact guns kept in the home for self-protection are more often used to kill somebody you know than to kill in self-defense More family members die from guns kept in the home than criminal intruders When someone is in the home a gun is used for protection in less then two percent of criminal entry Having a gun in the home during a burglary allows the burglar to have access to your gun and to the use of it Once a bullet leaves a gun who is to say that it will stop a criminal and not a family member 5 The main reason guns can be so deadly in the home is because they are easily accessed People who keep guns in the home put their family and household members at risk The risk of homicide in the home is always greater when a household contains a gun When a gun is present in the home a marital or sibling dispute can quickly turn into a homicide The risk of unintentional and accidental shooting also rises Most of the time unintentional shootings occur when a gun is being improperly handled or in play Because guns are preferred for troubled people the rate of suicide increases In fact in 1996 18166 people committed suicide using a gun they obtained from
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