4 .We often hear about the incidents in which car accidents claim lives.
OTOH, We seldom hear about the thousands, if not millions, of times that vehicles save lives. It happens every day all around us, but you don’t publish these events in the newspaper. Police don’t file reports, the FBI doesn’t compile the stats, etc.
It is much the same with firearms. Every day guns are used for legal, legitimate purposes by normal people like you and I and yes, they do save lives. As with vehicles, the good side is seldom heralded. In many cases, there is not a shot fired. Police don’t file reports, the FBI doesn’t compile the stats, etc.
However, for mis-use of both these tools (vehicles and firearms) police do file reports, the FBI compiles the stats, and in the case of firearms, biased organizations cherry-pick them for their OMG, OMG, OMG tactics of mis-representative data and anecdotes.
Facts are facts, a patently emotional reaction to one singular incident doesn’t invalidate those facts.
As long as we are swapping anecdotes here is one where no shot was fired and a firearm may well have saved the life of a innocent.
Girl loads rifle to spook burglars
11-year-old ready to defend herself
Updated: Friday, 13 Aug 2010, 7:04 AM MDT
Published : Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010, 6:23 PM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When three teenage burglars pried open the door of a northwest Albuquerque home they had no idea they would be met by a brave little girl, police said Wednesday.
Alyssa Gutierrez, 11, took matters into her own hands Tuesday when police said when Miguel Marquez, Eduardo Zubiate and Jesus Quintana broke into her home.
Gutierrez armed herself with a loaded rifle.
“I was planning, if they came right next to me, I would shoot them,” Gutierrez said.
But Gutierrez, who will start sixth grade next week, never got the chance because she’d spooked the burglars.
And another where an attacker was shot and killed:
A 25-year-old man who was fatally shot while attacking a stranger Saturday at Westlake Plaza had previously served time in prison for setting fire to a day-care center his mother operated out of her Phinney Ridge home.
Daniel Culotti was shot shortly after 11 a.m. by a 52-year-old man he was assaulting in an unprovoked attack, according to Seattle police. The victim of the assault was carrying a handgun and had a concealed-weapons permit, police said.
Comment by DaveH — August 30, 2010 @ 12:35 pm