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Letter: Guns in the home: Handle with care

In January, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott invited

In January, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott invited New York gun owners to move to Texas. (Jan. 15, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

In “Gun ownership and defending one’s home” [Letters, Feb. 17], a letter writer argued that citizens should have guns in their homes to protect themselves from burglars. He reported that 3.7 million households experienced burglaries between 2003 and 2007 and that 7 percent of the time, the homeowner experienced violent victimization.

There are 116 million households in the United States. That means that, over five years, you had a little more than a 0.2 percent chance of experiencing burglary-related violence in your home.

Be really careful with your weapon, however; nearly 1.7 million children live in households where guns are stored either loaded or not locked away. This makes American children 17 times more likely to be unintentionally killed with a gun, compared with other high-income countries.

Further, in 2015, 265 children younger than 18 picked up a firearm and shot someone by accident, and 83 of those shootings were fatal.

Peter LaMassa, Massapequa Park