Guns, part 2

There are many reasons for owning a gun.  I’m not going to be exhaustive here but these are some of the main reasons in order according to one survey:

Safety/personal defense  60% – by far the highest reason

Hunting 36%

Sport/Target shooting (this can also be a social issue of sport with friends)

Legal right

Just like guns

Antique/collector

Family tradition passed down

Work – police, security

Animal/Pest control

Hobby/collect/gun shows

No reason in particular

This was missed in the survey (they didn’t ask the right people) – theft, intimidation, homicide, gang activity, member of the mafia, general criminal activity.

As you can see, there are many reasons for owning a gun.  Some of them are good.  Some not so good.  I didn’t have guns in my house as a child.  We also didn’t have motorcycles.  Which is part of the reason why I still don’t have either one.  Tradition plays a big part in our lives.

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About Brian Fulmer

Brian is the owner of Crossroads Property Management Inc. (www.crossroadsproperty.com) He writes six blogs and has written two books. He also works with various missions around the world. His first love is Guatemala.
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One Response to Guns, part 2

  1. 3boxesofbs says:

    Wonder if you asked people who steal, rob, etc what are some of the other activities going on and why they own firearms what would they say?

    Self protection from other criminals — a large degree of violence is directly associated with drug and gang activity.
    Protect their property? Drugs are a valuable commodity and the criminals have no legal recourse so they resort to violence. Of course, the criminals are often raised in a culture of violence and disrespect for human life. Talk about your family traditions!

    Applying a hotspot perspective to firearm crime suggests a focus on both places and people. Research in Indianapolis found that only 3 percent of the city’s addresses accounted for 100 percent of the gun crimes.7 Further, a small number of the city’s blocks accounted for a disproportionate number of firearm calls for service. Another study in Washington, D.C., found that a small and select group of youth were arrested repeatedly on gun charges. This is consistent with research in Boston, which showed that approximately 1,300 gang members, representing less than 1 percent of the city’s youth, were responsible for at least 60 percent of the city’s youth homicides.8 Youth involved in homicides in Boston, both as victims and suspects, had long histories of involvement in the justice system, leading to the conclusion that “youth homicide was concentrated among a small number of serially offending, gang-involved youths.”9

    The fact that firearm-related violence is concentrated in select locations within a city also provides opportunities for prevention. As indicated in the program summaries described in this chapter, these opportunities may be based on interventions at specific locales, among certain groups of potential offenders, or may involve a combination of place and person. Two promising approaches that rest on these principles involve directed police patrol and the specific deterrence approach developed in Boston referred to as “pulling levers.”

    I would ask what tradition do you want to hand down to your children, grand children, etc — respect and knowledge of firearms or a legacy of avoidance?

    it is never too late to start learning. If you wish to learn about firearms; I will work with people I know and in the gun blogging community to find a person in your area willing to introduce you to firearms in a safe manner.

    Bob S.
    3 Boxes of BS

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