In the wake of the tragic and senseless massacre in Las Vegas there is the usual call for limiting guns, large ammunition magazines, automatic weapons, and crazy people.
These high profile shootings invariably prompt citizens to arm themselves for “protection.” There are no doubt legal gun toting folks who justify (rationalize) frequently carrying a weapon. The weapon provides REVENGE, or arguably, prevention for quick draw shooters. True PREVENTION would be to wear a bullet proof Kevlar vest…and there are a lot more people packing heat than wearing Kevlar.
Which brings us to having a weapon at home to “protect the family.” Ever consider how many people have guns, but they don’t have a fire extinguisher ready for a quick draw? We were unable to get accurate figures on the number of deaths caused by intruders, but in 2015 there were 13,286 deaths by fire in the USA and 26,869 injuries.
Suffice it to say there were no accidental juvenile deaths or suicides caused by fire extinguishers, but a well aimed blast to the eyes from a dry powder fire extinguisher would certainly disable a home intruder. Most intruders (not all) are burglars unaware anyone is home at the time of the crime.
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