Guns In Home Increase Danger, Not Safety
"Based on a review of the available scientific data, Dr. Lippmann and co-authors conclude that the dangers of having a gun at home far outweigh the safety benefits. Research shows that access to guns greatly increases the risk of death and firearm-related violence. A gun in the home is twelve times more likely to result in the death of a household member or visitor than an intruder. The most common cause of deaths occurring at homes where guns are present, by far, is suicide. Many of these self-inflicted gunshot wounds appear to be impulsive acts by people without previous evidence of mental illness. Guns in the home are also associated with a fivefold increase in the rate of intimate partner homicide, as well as an increased risk of injuries and death to children." http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100204/Guns-in-homes-can-increase-risk-of-death-and-firearm-related-violence.aspx
Tragedy: This is the house where Michael Bayless was killed by his three-year-old son
Boy, 3, kills father after finding his gun and accidentally shooting him as he watched TV
A three-year-old Indiana boy killed his father after finding his loaded handgun and accidentally shooting him.
Police say Michael A Bayless, 33, was watching TV with two of his three children when the three-year-old discovered the pistol on Friday night.
When emergency crews arrived at the house in Salem, Indiana, Mr Bayless was already dead, having passed away in front of his family.
Mr Bayless and his family are from Martinsville, an Indiana town 80 miles to the north, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
He was at the home in Salem to do remodeling work on it.
It is unknown where Mr Bayless left the gun that his young son had access to it.
No one else was injured in the shooting and police have ruled it accidental, the newspaper reports.
The incident occurred about 10pm after Mr Bayless finished work on the house for the day.
Hidden: It is unknown where the gun was kept that the toddler was able to find it and pick it up