Anyone have a link to info demolishing the cliche that you're More likely to get injured by your own gun?
Answer by Austin Murrey
Fred, the best link I have to an analysis of the increased likeliness of homicide because of gun ownership would be:
I don't have a direct link for injury, but I know where I'd ask: www.thehighroad.org. It is a gun forum, so if that sort of thing isn't your cup of tea you've been warned.
I'm not sure anyone's done a direct study, statements like injury likelihood would seem to me to be almost impossible to prove: a gun owner is more likely to be injured by a gun than a non gun owner simply because he's around guns; you're also more likely to be injured by a garbage disposal if you have one than if you don't.
Answer by Mark Monaghan
check the NRA website http://www.nra.org/and also look at John Lott's site: http://www.johnlott.org/
Answer by Wade Moore
I assume what you are asking is are you more likely to be injured by your own gun than kill/wound an intruder over a lifetime of gun ownership?
I think the chance of being involved in a home invasion with your gun at hand is really, really small, but would realy depend on location. And the chance of hurtling yourself is probably about the same, maybe higher depending on how much you handle your loaded guns.
I haven't seen data on either one of these cases, but I haven't looked too hard either...
Answer by flownover
Well, I have certainly done alot of damage to myself in the kitchen with those pesky knives.
The only sad thing about gun accidents is that most hunting accidents injure your closest friends or relatives, as they are most likely to be your hunting partners.
As for the injured by guns, self injury is self responsibility. It's when some thug shoots you that counts.