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Philly.com: Are guns in the home keeping your children safe?
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Quote:Are guns in the home keeping your children safe?

POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 9:49 AM

Do you think guns in the home make your children safer? It’s usually not the case. Last January, high school student Anthony Krueger locked himself in his room and shot himself under the chin twice after his mother called the police about his drug use. Stories like this highlight that one of the largest risk factors for teen suicide is the presence of a gun in the home.

In Krueger’s case, the 17-year-old from Dover, Del. survived, but faces a long slow recovery from his injuries . Without access to a gun, an emotional argument can lead to broken doors and objects, screaming, tears and even a fist fight, but rarely does it end in death. With a gun present, the circumstances change.

Krueger’s mother had bought the gun for protection, and allowed him access so he could “protect” his younger siblings while his mom was at work. His suicide attempt was featured in a Wilmington News Journal article earlier this month that looked at an adolescent suicide cluster in the state last year.

The reality is that guns really don’t offer any protection. They only offer risk if children are present. Research in several US urban areas indicates that a gun stored in the home is associated with a threefold increase in the risk of homicide and a fivefold increase in the risk of suicide.

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The reality is that guns really don’t offer any protection. They only offer risk if children are present.

Except all those times guns saved children who were home alone when people tried to break in.

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Quote:after his mother called the police about his drug use

Quote:Krueger’s mother had bought the gun for protection, and allowed him access so he could “protect” his younger siblings

So she called the cops about his drug use, but didn't think it was so serious that she should take away access to the gun. I will agree with one point of this article she should not have a gun in the house.
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Wow, lots of ridiculous, absolute statements in that blog without any citations. It's important to note that this is a blog hosted at Philly.com, and not an article, just as shows on a "news channel" may not be news, rather the opinions of a host. Yes, it plays a part in the larger narrative the station or site is trying to convey, but it should not be construed as reported news.
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The joke is on you Philly. I don't have kids. And my nieces and nephews aren't morons. At least yet, we will see what the teenage years hold.
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I'd like to see stats on kids and butcher knives....
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The "reality" is that the author is presenting opinion as fact.


Nothing unusual there.
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Strange that there is no mention of the, minimally three, violations of the law or the filing of charges on either the mother or son in the author's story. Why is that? Simple, if you blame an inanimate object for what is done with it, the people that use it don't have to accept responsibility for their role in the situation and the "doctor" doesn't have to admit to being culpable.
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There were just 2 suicides in the last 2mos around here. Both teens that stood in front of a train, does that mean that living close to RR tracks makes it easier to kill yourself? What are the numbers on teenage overdoses? Get ALL meds out of the home FAST! All a bunch of leftist BS.
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I love how easy it is to feed the sheep.
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