In the United States, there is an ongoing debate about gun control, whether or not it is a necessary part of any democracy that protects citizens from a culture of violence, or whether or not it is a an incursion on individuals’ inherent liberty to protect themselves from both neighbor and government. These battles are played out in the national media and in the local courts in places like Fort Riley, Kansas. Many individual Americans are unsure of what gun control means for them, their families, and their personal safety and home security. Instead, they are left to listen to the talking heads and blowhards of the mainstream media battle each other on primetime, using their arguments as a form of entertainment to attract more viewers who are attracted to controversy and calculated emotional appeals.
But for those who wish to make their decisions about whether or not to own a gun based on hard fact as opposed to hot air, a more serious reflection about the place of guns in American life is required. This article is not meant to discuss the constitutionality of gun control or the true meaning of the Second Amendment (which includes the famous clause “the right to keep and bear arms”). Instead, it is an attempt to investigate whether or not individual gun ownership can help protect the safety and home security of Americans in Fort Riley and across the country. People do not want guns in their homes because it is their Constitutional right; they want guns in their home because they feel that having the ability to protect oneself from an intruder inherently makes them safer.
The first thing that one needs to consider is the possibility of some kind of home invasion. Imagine that someone really does violate your home security to that degree, and busts into your house in the middle of the night. This is the one-in-a-million situation in which many people would like to have a gun. You might have heard the statistic that one in five homes will experience a break-in or a home invasion. From where this stat comes is unknown, but it convinces a lot of homeowners that they are going to be robbed while sleeping soundly in the night. But even if this is true, you have to remember that not every robber is going to have a gun, or have any intention of hurting the people inside. They just want to get the stereo system and to get out. But even if you do have a gun, would you be able to use it? The answer is, probably not. In order to prevent the average of 600 deaths a year that occur in the United States due to home accidents, you need to keep your gun locked away, separate from the bullets. So in order for you to make good use of the gun, you would need to be able to access two safes and then load the gun before you have any contact with the robber. What are the odds of you waking up in time to do all of this?
Really, your best bet is to get a home alarm security system and call it a day. It is cheap, effective, and comes without the risks of a gun.