The gun lobby paints a romantic picture. If you have a gun in your home, you can ward off criminals lurking outside late at night. But they fail to mention the deadly statistics outlined here and that the vast majority of would-be robbers do not knock first. Unless you are prepared to sit by your door 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with your gun fully loaded, the reality is a gun kept in your home for self-protection is more likely to be used against you or somebody you love.
Such was the case in mid-August, when Kathy Minardi, of Cashmere, Wash., shot and killed her 20-year-old daughter, and then shot and killed herself with a gun that her husband kept safely stored in the home. Minardi suffered from depression and had tried to commit suicide previously. But the gun lobby has failed to inform this family and millions of other gun owners that there are inherent risks when choosing to keep a gun in the home for self-protection, including such risk factors as serious mental health iss