Seriously, they are more of a danger to your family. But, that isn't what you want to hear, or what the people who control your thinking want you to hear.
After all, remember the study that caused your lot to want to stop all the gun violence research?
Arthur Kellerman and colleagues, “Gun ownership as a risk factor for homicide in the home”
And things haven't been going too well for the "gun in the home makes you safer" side as their studies are discredited while the peer researched studies pile up showing that you put your families at risk by bringing a gun into the home, as this article in Slate points out.
The overwhelming empirical evidence indicates that the presence of a gun makes children less safe; that programs such as Eddie Eagle are insufficient; and that measures the NRA and extreme gun advocates vehemently oppose, such as gun safes and smart guns, could dramatically reduce the death toll. Study after study unequivocally demonstrates that the prevalence of firearms directly increases the risk of youth homicide, suicide, and unintentional death. This effect is consistent across the United States and throughout the world. As a country, we should be judged by how well we protect our children. By any measure, we are failing horribly.
The United States accounts for nearly 75 percent of all children murdered in the developed world. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 in the United States are 17 times more likely to be murdered by firearms than children in other industrialized nations.
Hey, you can believe what you want since you lot tend to be "fact adverse".Children from states where firearms are prevalent suffer from significantly higher rates of homicide, even after accounting for poverty, education, and urbanization. A study focusing on youth in North Carolina found that most of these deaths were caused by legally purchased handguns. A recent meta-analysis revealed that easy access to firearms doubled the risk of homicide and tripled the risk for suicide among all household members. Family violence is also much more likely to be lethal in homes where a firearm is present, placing children especially in danger. Murder-suicides are another major risk to children and are most likely to be committed with a gun.
Crucially, these deaths are not offset by defensive gun use. As one study found, for every time a gun is used legally in self-defense at home, there are “four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides.” A study of adolescents in California found that there were 13 times as many threatening as self-defensive uses of guns. Of the defensive encounters, many arose in confrontations that became hostile because of the presence of a firearm.
But the even scarier thing is this:
As a report from the New York Times revealed, accidental killings are significantly underreported in the official data, often being classified as homicides or suicides rather than accidents. In several states there were twice as many accidental gun deaths than the official record indicated.
It seems that having a gun isn't going to make your home safer: in fact, you are making it more likely that there will be a serious or fatal injury.
It's your choice if you want to be ignorant, but I know you will choose ignorance everytime.
It's what your masters want you to do--and you mindlessly do or believe what your masters tell you to do.
And try to show me how smart you are by doing that.
You wonder WHY I don't listen to you?