The remaining cases are accidents where the exact cause is unknown. Any way you slice it up, handling a gun is dangerous. Just like knives, the more you handle them, the greater your risk of being cut.
4. Gun crimes aren't just committed by criminals
The NRA (National Rifle Association) and its spokespeople are notorious for the phrase: "When guns are criminalized, only criminals will have guns." They advocate for the right of "law abiding citizens" to carry weapons. Yet there's a gaping reality flaw in such an argument. The problem is, who do you think commits most gun homicides? They usually aren’t career criminals, nor helpless citizens gunned down in the course of another crime. Gun homicides usually occur because pissed off people happen to own a gun. They are frequently "law abiding citizens" in every other regard. Owning a gun greatly increases a persons chances of acting like a jack-ass and doing something stupid that will kill someone else and land themselves in prison.
Most homicides don't occur during robberies or other crimes; they occur because someone with a gun is enraged and decides it would be a good time to use their gun. There are a myriad of examples for this every year. To read about some of them, visit truechildsafety.com and search for stories involving children being shot.
Such situations don’t just adversely affect those involved. It has impacts on countless numbers of people. When someone is gunned down because of an argument, children lose a mother or father, the most abusive thing one could ever do to them. The perpetrator destroys his own family as well. Money is drained from family funds to pay for lawyers. The children lose a parent in the most horrible way, which results in higher stress levels than any assault or molestation ever would, and causes long-term harm that makes the things parents spend their time worrying about look like nothing in comparison. It would result in severe hardship on the remaining family