Sportsmans’ Warehouse ran a big ad in today’s Daily Sentinel touting a big sale on guns and ammo for Father’s Day.
This does our area a big disservice.
There is a huge intersection between fatal domestic violence killings and guns, and keeping guns in the home raises the risk of homicide, suicide and accidental shootings tremendously.
In Colorado alone, there have been 105 domestic violence homicides by gun since 2006.
Women Bear Most of the Risk
The most frequent victims of these shootings are wives and girlfriends, who comprise almost 75% of all domestic gun murder victims. More than 4,880 wives, girlfriends and ex-wives have been murdered with guns nationally since 2006.
Keeping a gun in the home also increases the risk of suicide factor by 17. Mesa County already has an extraordinarily high suicide rate, which is only exacerbated by the presence of more guns in more homes.
An estimated 41% of gun-related homicides and 94% of gun-related suicides would never have occurred under the same circumstances had no guns been present.
People claim they store their guns safely, but studies show that about 43% of homes with guns have at least one gun routinely stored unlocked.
And gun accidents in the home often have horrific consequences. Just six days ago, a three year old boy accidentally shot his two year old brother in Colorado Springs after getting ahold of a loaded, unlocked gun in their home. The mother now faces felony child abuse charges.
Do we really need more guns in homes locally?
Mesa County has enough problems with guns, gun deaths, domestic homicides and suicides.
Do our whole area a favor and buy Dad a non-lethal gift for for Father’s Day.