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MajTom Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 11:35 AM
"With all the discussion about gun control, I have not heard anybody on any side of this issue mention how many lives are saved by guns every year -- which are far more than are lost in even the mass shootings that get so much media attention. But most of the media never mention the lives saved by guns." I agree with the sentiment (and most definitely NOT defending the media) but it's impossible to provide numbers, or even prove that it happened. If you used a gun to defend yourself, how can you prove that you were going to die if you didn't? Not all break-ins result in the homeowner dying if he/she doesn't have a gun. How do you say "THIS one would have resulted in a death" if there was no death?
MarineGunner Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 10:48 PM
You used to have to "prove" that your life was in danger before using deadly force to protect yourself. People who killed attackers without first "trying to run away" were prosecuted for murder. People who killed home invaders or burglars were put in jail for defending themselves. Recently, many states have passed "castle doctrine" laws that say, if someone attacks you or invades your home for any reason, you have the right to kill them and you cannot be prosecuted or sued for defending yourself. The real reason that the media doesn't report situations where people use guns to successfully defend themselves and their children is that most media people are far left liberals who are committed anti-gun ideologues.
midfielder2 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 12:29 PM
You can"fear for your life" in many occasions that might be dubious to someone after the fact, but at the time is what is important. If you feel that your life was saved, then your life was saved and that should count, no one has to die to have a life saved. The "Armed Citizen" column in The American Rifleman has 7 articles every month telling about it.
MajTom Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 2:09 PM
I agree, but counting non-events is.... problematic.
MajTom Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 2:10 PM
Counting lives saved is like counting jobs saved. Would they have been lost otherwise?

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

I can't get excited by the question of whether Senator Robert Menendez had sex with a prostitute in Central America. It is her word against his -- and when it comes to a prostitute's word against a politician's word, that is too close to call.

If an American citizen went off to join Hitler's army during World War II, would there have been any question that this alone would make it legal to kill him? Why then is there an uproar about killing an American citizen who has joined terrorist organizations that...