Statistics and various studies show that yes, it might, but they also show that having a gun in the home is also potentially very dangerous, so the net aggregate outcome (and economists have strong armed us into thinking that net aggregate outcomes are the only criteria that are acceptable, bless their pointy heads) of having a gun in the home is that someone in your home is more likely to be shot and possibly killed than that the gun will be used to thwart a home invasion.
But enough about facts, let’s look at two very current anecdotal cases and argue about them for a while:
Thwarting a home invasion with a gun:
Sixth Judicial District Judge Shawn Floerke, of Duluth Minnesota used a firearm to “subdue” a man breaking into his house.
…a man who had broken a window at his house in Duluth about 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Floerke grabbed a .45 caliber pistol from his safe in the home. … Floerke detained the 26-year-old Duluth man, who police say was highly intoxicated.
Guns in the home can kill you:
In Ohio, a ten year old boy is being charged with the murder of his mother. He shot her to death then told a neighbor about it. Deborah McVay dies of one shot to the head with a .22 caliber rifle. When police investigated, they found the rifle as well as a 12-guage shotgun. Both had been given to the boy by grandpa, who is now deceased.
I think these stories nicely prove the point I’ve made a number of times. By and large guns in the home are dangerous, By and large, people who mess with guns are morons, even though they don’t want to hear this. By and large people who mess with guns are so uptight about regulation that they actually ant-regulate themselves. These two cases show how the situation in this gun-happy context. A law abiding presumably reasonably smart guy who happens to be a judge and is thus familiar with the law and so on keeps his gun in a safe. Frankly, it sounds to me like he probably didn’t need the gun in this case, but he didn’t shoot anyone with it and he kept i locked up. Meanwhile some moron in Ohio gives a little kid two long guns and the kid uses one of them to kill mom dead. By accident or on purpose hardly matters: Had those guns been kept away from the child and locked up, that gun death would not have happened.