The problem with all guns is that they perform their function all too well: they make it far too easy to kill someone. Giving people the power to snuff away someone’s life with the twitch of a finger, no matter who that person is, can be a dangerous prospect. If history has shown us one thing time and time again, it's that anyone can make a horrible decision in a moment of anger.
Many of the domestic murder-suicides that occur aren't pre-planned. One partner simply has a gun, uses it, realizes what a horrible decision it was, and decides to take their own life. Sometimes they'll kill the children too, taking the entire family with them. While this could potentially happen with another weapon, it takes a lot more to stab someone to death or beat them to death than it does to twitch your finger from several feet away. Many of the domestic murders that take place simply wouldn't happen if there was no gun in the house. In this regard, it really is the guns that kill people.
7. A real situation arises, but you miss
Gunslingers often miss, and when they do, innocent bystanders, including children, are often gunned down in the process. One thing most people fail to realize is that the vast majority of bullets fired in real-life situations DO NOT hit their intended target. If they don't hit their intended mark, that means they're on a trajectory to hit something else. Sometimes that something else is a tree or a tire or a building. Other times, it's a little boy or girl that just happens to be standing in the wrong place at the wrong time when a stray bullet comes by and ends their life. Even police, though they are trained on a continual basis in firearm safety and undergo extensive target practice, miss more often than they hit. If you follow news reports on police shootings, you'll commonly see something like "police fired 26 rounds . . . the suspect was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the arm and leg.” Where did the other 24 rounds go?
If you pay attention to news reports of shootings, you’ll see just how common such a scenario is. For example, in Colorado two armed men came to the door of a gun-owners house, attempting to rob him. He pulled out his gun, and a firefight broke out. Within a few seconds, he had emptied his chamber. The two would-be robbers had emptied out their own chambers. Bullet holes were everywhere, including apartments on the floor above and below where the shooting occurred. The three involved in the gunfight had fired off numerous shots at each other from virtually point-blank range. Yet none of the three gunslingers had a scratch on them. A 10-year old girl in the house wasn't so lucky. She managed to catch one in the head and died at the scene. (Girl Killed in Gang Related Robbery, November 2007) No doubt her grieving father wished he had never pulled his gun and started