Does owing a gun or firearm for the purpose of defending yourself and your family increase the risk of an accident, or becoming a victim if you use your gun in protection of yourself or a loved one? In depends on who you talk to, apparently. Over the past 16 years, the number of people who believe having a gun in their homes makes their family safer has nearly doubled according to a 2014 Gallup poll, which indicates 60% of Americans feel their homes are safer with a gun present.
In Michigan, the number of FBI background checks performed on state residents buying handguns increased significantly, nearly 141,700 checks taking place over a three-year period between 2012 and 2015. How many Michigan residents have active concealed pistol licenses? About eight percent of the adult population of the state, or just over 600,000 according to surveys.
Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and Harvard School of Public Health professor David Hemenway maintains there is no evidence indicating that homeowners with guns are safer, and that in fact gun research surveys prove the opposite. In Hemenway’s defense, he isn’t focusing on banning guns, but instead on harm reduction for homeowners who do feel strongly about having a gun for protection.