In most people’s hands, trying to shoot someone over 15 feet away with a pistol is harder than most think. I became an expert with a 45 while in the Army Reserves.
Also killing a human, unless you had military or police training, is quite difficult and a brief hesitation will get many shot. The army has learned that training their soldiers to kill with video games works very well. Columbine is an example.
All the logic presented below with statistics and scholarly professors will not change the minds of many Americans now who have a constant fear of a home invasion. A good secure and reinforced steel doors with a dead bolt lock will likely lead burglaries to occur elsewhere.
Windows on the ground floor can be alarmed and rotating lights going off and on during your absence will help greatly. Develop a fail safe way to bolt your doors whether you are at home or not. I doubt that a home alarm service will help that much now even if connected to the police station or not.
I suggest a multi-shot double-barrel shotgun or two if you tend to be frightened. It is hard to miss a target with buck shot.
Although it is often reported that there are 85 guns for every 100 Americans, the guns are largely held by those who have an especially large Amygdala, the fear emotion organ of the brain. This can result from many years and centuries of wars and religious persecution as Europeans experienced, especially in Southwest Scotland and nearby Northern Ireland. This is carried on Epigenetically, a process where genes are turned off or on as needed. This is passed on generation to generation.
Many of those who fought against the British were often shipped to America as indentured servants where a large number died during the early centuries of colonization by the British. Many in the South and midwest populated with Republicans and conservative Democrats are from these regions and make up a significant part of our military officers like the way that Germans once did in many countries.
The effect that constant wars have on people is to favor those who are more aggressive and paranoid which is necessary for survival. Trust no one except those in your group. Not racism necessarily, but the common trait of humans is to gravitate towards regions and neighborhoods with similar culture and behaviors. Upper Middleclass Blacks in Atlanta is only one example.
Even in a relatively short time in wars, we have seen deep psychological problems in soldiers returning form Vietnam and Iraq. Often it takes decades to start to recover with current treatments. Much is still not understood about how our brain functions despite all the scientific toys now available.
Note that the Gandolinium contrast agents used for MRI scans are going to be Black Labeled because they are quite dangerous to our health, something well known by researchers about four years ago. The phosphate in the cleansing agent for colonoscopies can hurt your kidneys according to the Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.com .
In other words, don’t get any tests where doctors can convince a knowledgeable patient that they are really necessary. Yes, many doctors and hospitals have a profit motive too.
Any device that penetrates you body can be deadly because of all the difficulty we have in treating resistant germs now pervasive due to widespread routine feed treatment of cows and pigs with antibiotics and hormones to allow them to keep them from getting sick from eating the unnatural diet of corn. Our rivers and streams are polluted with these antibiotics and hormones.
Jim Kawakami, Jan 13, 2011, http://jimboguy.blogspot.com
Why Not Regulate Guns? Nicholas D. Kristof, NY Times, Jan 12, 2011,
… A careful article forthcoming in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine by David Hemenway, a Harvard professor who wrote a brilliant book a few years ago reframing the gun debate as a public health challenge, makes clear that a gun in the home makes you much more likely to be shot — by accident, by suicide or by homicide. …
Likewise, suicide rates are higher in states with more guns, simply because there are more gun suicides. Other kinds of suicide rates are no higher. And because most homicides in the home are by family members or acquaintances — not by an intruder — the presence of a gun in the home increases the risk of a gun murder in that home.
So what can be done? I asked Professor Hemenway how he would oversee a public health approach to reducing gun deaths and injuries. He suggested:
• Limit gun purchases to one per month per person, to reduce gun trafficking. And just as the government has cracked down on retailers who sell cigarettes to minors, get tough on gun dealers who sell to traffickers.
• Push for more gun safes, and make serial numbers harder to erase.
• Improve background checks and follow Canada in requiring a 28-day waiting period to buy a handgun. And ban oversize magazines, such as the 33-bullet magazine allegedly used in Tucson. If the shooter had had to reload after firing 10 bullets, he might have been tackled earlier. And invest in new technologies such as “smart guns,” which can be fired only when near a separate wristband or after a fingerprint scan.
We can also learn from Australia, which in 1996 banned assault weapons and began buying back 650,000 of them. The impact is controversial and has sometimes been distorted. But the Journal of Public Health Policy notes that after the ban, the firearm suicide rate dropped by half in Australia over the next seven years, and the firearm homicide rate was almost halved. … http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/opinion/13kristof.html?src=me&ref=general