17 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Death by Gun Violence

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Do you want to reduce your risk of death by gun violence? If so, consider these 10 common sense ways to do so. These are things one can implement fully and immediately with no permission or agreement from anyone else but are entirely in the control of any individual. Marching to persuade politicians is a very indirect way of reducing anyone’s risk from gun violence. And considering their track record on so many issues, politicians may end up putting us all at further risk when all is said and done.

  1. Don’t commit suicide. This is the most common gun-related death, being about 63% of all firearm deaths in the US.
  2. Adopt a policy of not escalating any road rage situations. If someone does something offensive on the highways have it pre-settled in your mind to react by de-escalating the situation (refrain from responding in kind) and back off to allow the heat of the moment to cool.
  3. Do not join a gang. Violence is the accepted norm among gang members, resulting in many becoming victims of gun violence.
  4. Do not buy or sell illegal drugs. Yes, I do know that it’s the drug laws more than the drugs themselves that leads to gun violence among drug buyers and sellers. But, people already on the wrong side of the law are more likely to commit gun violence than the law-abiding population.
  5. Do not get involved with abusive people. Someone who previously has physically abused a partner is more likely to do so than are those who have never engaged in such abuse.
  6. Implement a personal curfew. The safest place anyone can be at 2 am is at home in bed. Roaming the streets in the middle of the night exposes one to gangs, drug sellers, and other dangerous people.
  7. Stay away from Gun Free Zones. One study showed that 98% of all mass shootings happen in these places. Gun Free Zone signs tell violent people this is a spot where the picking will be easy. As for everywhere else, these predators may be deterred since they have to wonder if there’s already a good guy with a gun on the property.
  8. Do not associate with convicted criminals. Like the abuser, violent criminals out of prison are likely to continue their habits.
  9. Be aware of your surroundings. Make it a habit to look around and assess any situation you are in. Most victims of gun violence have no warning of the impending danger, the old saying “to be forewarned is to be forearmed” is pertinent here. So, no staring at your cell phone!
  10. Avoid people who handle guns in an irresponsible manner. Anyone who casually or even unknowingly points a gun at someone or who does not exercise good gun safety such as carefully checking to see that a gun is unloaded is someone to be avoided.
  11. CCW Reason#1: Murder rates in Texas fell 50% faster than the national average in the year after their concealed carry law passed. 
  12. CCW Reason #2: Rape rates in Texas fell 93% faster in the first year of enacting the concealed carry law, and 500% faster in the second. 
  13. CCW Reason #3: 77% of all violent crimes happen in public.
  14. CCW Reason #4: 94% of law enforcement officials believe citizens should be able to purchase firearms for self-defense & sporting purposes.
  15. CCW Reason #5: 95% of the time police arrive too late to prevent a crime or arrest the suspect.
  16. Survive an Active Shooter Incident: Be aware, be prepared & remain calm: Defuse with Lockdown or 'Run/Move, Hide/Escape, Attack/Fight'! 
  17. Bonus Suggestion: Do not be a predator. A significant number (about 700 each year) of gun deaths are justifiable homicide wherein a victim successfully defends themselves from criminal assault.    

Thankfully, the odds of anyone in the U.S. dying from gun violence each year is exceedingly low. Implementing the suggestions here will reduce those odds even further.      Read the original article. By Jim Cox & edited & modified by Ken Clements

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Domestic Dispute: Indiana Woman Shoots in Self-Defense

An Indianapolis woman resorted to a pistol when an argument with her boyfriend turned violent. When the boyfriend pointed a pistol at her, the woman drew her own gun and fired on the man. One hit landed and ended the incident. Police are investigating the incident as a self-defense shooting.

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A Titusville man saw two men — one masked, the other armed — breaking into the home he shared with his mother. Quickly taking up his own gun, the resident fired on the two home invaders, killing one outright and fatally wounding the second assailant. No one living in the home suffered any injuries in the attack. Spectrum News 13, Orlando, Florida

Pennsylvania Jitney Driver Stops Armed Robber

A 73-year-old Duquesne Jitney driver had picked up two men for a fare about 4 p.m. when one of the men produced a pistol and struck the driver, demanding money. After the driver stopped the car and both men got out, the driver drew his legally carried pistol and shot the robber, killing him, which put the other passenger to flight. Investigating police stated the driver acted lawfully.   WPXI Channel 11 TV, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Arizona Armed Good Samaritan Foils Kidnapping Attempt of 11-Year-Old Girl

An 11-year-old Phoenix girl was walking to school about 7:30 a.m. when a strange man grabbed her, pinned her arm behind her back and put his other arm across her face. Seeing what was happening, a nearby armed citizen approached the man, knocked him down and pointed his pistol at him. The assailant then fled on foot. Phoenix police have undertaken an extensive hunt for the would-be kidnapper. The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona

Florida Food Truck Crew Defends Against Armed Robbers

A food truck was parked in northwest Miami one morning when an armed man approached and demanded money of a woman working inside. Hearing the commotion, the truck’s driver approached the robbery scene. While handing money over to the robber, he was able to get to his own pistol and fire, putting the robber to flight. A good Samaritan then tackled the suspect and held him for police. Meanwhile, two persons in a nearby parked car fired on the food truck. The driver returned fire, hitting one of the occupants, who promptly fled the scene. Police later apprehended both suspects. No one in the food truck was injured. NBC Channel 6-TV, Miramar, Florida

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Arizona Grandmother Shoots Home Invader

A Cordes Lakes grandmother was home with her husband and three young grandchildren at 7:30 one evening when an unknown male broke into the dwelling. He demanded money, got into a fight with the husband and refused to leave. While the intruder struggled with her husband, the grandmother retrieved a handgun, confronted the intruder with it and ordered him to leave. When he advanced on her instead of leaving, the woman fired on him, striking him at least once and causing him to flee. Police found the wounded intruder at a nearby home, where he had collapsed from non-life-threatening injuries.  ABC 15 News, Phoenix, Arizona

Pennsylvania Resident Shoots Home Invader

A York resident was at home one evening when a stranger broke in and assaulted him. The resident retrieved a gun and fired, killing the attacker. A joint police-prosecutor investigation cleared the defensive shooter of wrongdoing, calling it self-defense. The 23-year-old attacker died of a gunshot wound to the chest.   WGAL-TV Channel 8, York, Pennsylvania

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Oklahoma Woman Defends Against Roadside Domestic Assault

A Tulsa woman and her romantic acquaintance were walking home from a store one afternoon when the man began an argument and attacked her. She fought him off, but he continued the argument. When he attacked her again, she drew a gun and shot him, hitting him at least once and inflicting a mortal wound. She ran to her nearby apartment and reported the shooting to police. She was then questioned and released, as police are treating the incident as self-defense.   Fox 23 News, Tulsa, Oklahoma

North Carolina Mother Exchanges Gunfire With Home Invader

A Burlington mother of a 10-year-old boy was awakened by sounds of a home break-in around 4 one morning. Taking up a pistol to investigate, the mother encountered an armed man who opened fire on her with his own pistol. The mother returned fire, frightening the burglar enough to leave by the same window he had entered. The woman was not hurt in the exchange, nor was the burglar believed to have been wounded.

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Arizona Man Kills One, Seriously Wounds Another Home Invader

A Phoenix man heard noises of a possible intruder to his home about 1 a.m. When he investigated, he found two men trying to break into his residence. He fired on the duo, killing one and seriously wounding the other.

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Georgia Mother Shoots Home Intruder: 911 Tapes

A mother of two has been hailed a hero by her husband after she shot an intruder in their Loganville, Ga., home last Friday afternoon. "She protected the kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner," said her husband, Donnie Herman, in an interview with ABC's Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.   ATLANTA, Jan. 8, 2013 




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