After talking to a friend of mine and using the "you have smoke detectors/fire extiguishers" comparison as to why I carry , I decided to see what was more likely , a house fire or a violent crime . Found these stats and seems i'm more likely (anyone that is) of having a violent crime perpetrated against them rather than a house fire .


In 2005, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced approximately 23 million crimes, according to findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey.
-- 77% (18.0 million) were property crimes
-- 22% (5.2 million) were crimes of violence
-- 1% (227,000) were personal thefts.
In 2005 for every 1,000 persons age 12 or older, there occurred
--1 rape or sexual assault
--1 assault with injury
--3 robberies

http://www.ojp.gov/bjs/cvictgen.htm




Year Fires Deaths Injuries Direct Dollar Loss In Millio
1996 428,000 4,080 19,300 $4,962
1997 406,500 3,390 17,775 $4,585
1998 381,500 3,250 17,175 $4,391
1999 383,000 2,920 16,425 $5,092
2000 379,500 3,445 17,400 $5,674
2001 396,500 3,140 15,575 $5,643
2002 401,000 2,695 14,050 $6,055
2003 402,000 3,165 14,075 $6,074
2004 410,500 3,225 14,175 $5,948


http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/statistics/n...sidential.shtm



Just an observation .