Total number of people killed by accidental firearm discharges in the U.S. in 2016: 495. Number of children five and younger killed by accidental firearm discharges in the U.S. in 2016: 41. Number of children six to twelve killed by accidental firearm discharges in the U.S. in 2016: 20. Number of juveniles 13 to 17 killed by accidental firearm discharges in the U.S. in 2016: 43.
Estimated U.S. population in 2016: 323,127,513. Estimated number of gun owners: at least 80,000,000. Total number of Americans licensed to carry handguns in the U.S.: 16,358,844. Estimated total number of privately owned firearms: 310,000,000.
A person is 7.2 times more likely to die from non-drug poisoning; 7.6 times more likely to drown and 13.4 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation. There are more than 20 times as many guns as swimming pools.
Safe rooms: a wonderful idea. How long does it take for your entire family to gather and secure the entrance if you are awakened by an intruder? How long does it take for you to get to the safe room? How long will it take for you to alert family members who may also be sleeping? Is that less time than it takes for an intruder to reach a family member? Is it possible that an intruder could block a family member’s access to the safe room? The FBI estimated that 250,000 people are injured by criminals during residential burglaries each year.
By the way, ask your friendly local firefighter how long it takes to pop a door with a crowbar.
To do it right, a safe/panic room is going to cost thousands of dollars. A seven-shot Mossberg 590 12-gauge shotgun has a MSRP of $455 and the Mossberg is one of the best pump shotguns out there. Even security experts say a panic room should include a means to defend yourself. Use a biometric safe to securely store the shells until needed.
Confrontational engagements with a hostile intruder usually occupy less than a minute for resolution one way or the other. It was less than five minutes between the time that Adam Lanza shot out a window at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the time police heard the last gunshot, which was Lanza committing suicide.
So I think I will just keep my guns, thank you. Since I have done the research and found the best available data rather than giving credence to distortions and hysteria, I am quite comfortable with my decision.
Incidentally, a national survey of 15,000 sworn law enforcement officers indicated that about 91% of them were in favor of armed citizens. The survey covered active, non-political (chiefs, commissioners, etc.) officers.