Self-Defense Statistics-When Stats Are Colored With Attitude

allegro6/02/2014 9:12:27 pm PDT

Let me share a story….

In my single 20s I went on a date with a man I met at a friend’s party. Liked him a lot, seemed like a great guy. After our date, I invited him in to my apartment for a nightcap. By now, considering the topic, surely you can see where this is going.

In fact, I did have a gun. I had a Remington bolt-action rifle I used on the job as a federal wildlife biologist. Even if it had been loaded, I could not access it. I’m actually quite grateful for that because if I could have gotten to it, and had I used it to prevent being raped as I was, I would have ultimately been arrested and probably had my life trashed with a prison sentence. Maybe worse. It could have been used against me. Probably would have even since I had never been in a physical fight in my life, even as a kid, and had no idea how to defend myself.

My story is one of the most common scenarios of rape in this country. Those rape statistics above? Most of those are committed by friends, family, dates. Guns are no defense. Even if a rape is prevented, is arrest and prison an improved outcome? Because I guarantee a woman who uses one for defense will end up behind bars.

Let’s look at those murder statistics. How many of those are deaths by guns? I can reasonably surmise that most are in the US. How many might have been prevented by guns in defense? Logic tells me that number is very, very small. The attacker always has an enormous advantage. Which victims of last week’s CA shooting had any chance at all, even if armed? They were walking down the street or shopping in a convenience store when a bullet suddenly ended their lives. Even those who might have been carrying would still be dead thanks to our sick gun culture.

Love your guns. Nothing stopping you. But know that you are part of the problem the more you try to defend the gun culture and argue that we all need guns to defend ourselves from that culture.