Art Kellermann was raised in eastern Tennessee, where his father taught him how to shoot a long gun when he was 10 years old. Kellermann grew up to become an emergency room doctor — and a target for gun-rights groups when he started asking questions like, “If a gun kept in a home was used, who did it shoot, and what were the consequences?”
Kellermann found people turned those guns on themselves and others in the house far more often than on intruders. “In other words, a gun kept in the home was 43 times more likely to be involved in the death of a member of the household than to be used in self-defense,” he says.
Kellermann says the National Rifle Association and other Second Amendment advocates leaned on his then-employer, Emory University, to stop the research. That didn’t work.
So, he says, “they turned to a softer target, which was the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], the organization that was funding much of this work. And although gun injury prevention research was never more than a tiny percentage of the CDC’s research budget, it was enough to bring them under the fire of the NRA.” Lack Of Up-To-Date Research Complicates Gun Debate : It’s All Politics : NPR (via fancycwabs)
TD: A gun kept in the home was 43 three times more likely to be used on an occupant than an intruder. FORTY FUCKING THREE MORE TIMES LIKELY. I need to research this before I quote it to friends who are considering buying a gun, but damn… here in Richmond over the weekend, a child got hold of a handgun and shot the gun’s owner. Last I checked there weren’t any details, but point in fucking case. *I* don’t have a gun because I never win the lottery, don’t win at casinos, and rarely win anything of value in drawings/raffles. With my luck, my drawing a weapon on an intruder would get me shot by said intruder. Or worse, I might mistake my wife or one of my children for the intruder.