HOUSTON, TX – Hey Houston, guess what? Owning a gun can be deadly. That’s what the latest in a string of recent gun-control studies has determined. Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco have run the numbers on gun-related deaths and concluded that people who own guns are almost twice as likely to die from gun-related injuries than those who don’t.
“When you have a gun it gives you something you can think about,” Houstonian Mercedes Ala Cour concurs. “When things aren’t going right, whether you admit it or not, your mind goes to that gun.”
The biggest gap in numbers comes from men. According to researchers, men who own guns are 29% more likely to die from a bullet than those who don’t. But what’s most surprising, perhaps, is the relation of gun-owners to suicide. Gun owners, both male and female, are three-times more likely to commit suicide than those who don’t.
Still, supporters say true gun-control is a matter of personal responsibility.
“If you’re going to own a gun, you’ve got to make sure you have the mentality not to harm yourself,” George Garcia counters.
And while gun-rights advocates may balk at the statistics, those who want reform say the numbers account for something they’ve known all along.
“I don’t use a gun; I don’t want to get shot by anybody,” says Jason Lin.
And whether you agree with gun-control or not, one thing is certain: bad decisions, even by good gun owners, seldom yield second-chances.