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"[background=rgb(244, 244, 244)]Consider the parents of an eight-year-old girl named, say, Molly. Her two best friends, Amy and Imani, each live nearby. Molly's parents know that Amy's parents keep a gun in their house, so they have forbidden Molly to play there. Instead, Molly spends a lot of time at Imani's house, which has a swimming pool in the backyard. Molly's parents feel good about having made such a smart choice to protect their daughter."[/background]

http://freakonomics.com/books/freakonomics/chapter-excerpts/chapter-5/
 
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"[background=rgb(244, 244, 244)]Consider the parents of an eight-year-old girl named, say, Molly. Her two best friends, Amy and Imani, each live nearby. Molly's parents know that Amy's parents keep a gun in their house, so they have forbidden Molly to play there. Instead, Molly spends a lot of time at Imani's house, which has a swimming pool in the backyard. Molly's parents feel good about having made such a smart choice to protect their daughter."[/background]

http://freakonomics....rpts/chapter-5/
I hate to be that guy (who am I kidding? When it comes to statistics I love being that guy!), but I think they danced around the most significant statistic here. We really want to know how many children are injured by guns in proportion to the number of gun owning households, not compared to the number of guns. Having more guns doesn't affect anything and should not be considered in this instance. A house with 15 guns should not count in the statistics 15X as much as a house with 1 gun. Since most gun owning households own multiple guns, this will bring those numbers more in line.
 

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Over the past half-century or so, accidental deaths from firearms have reduced dramatically, despite the increase in the population and the number of guns in circulation.
http://www.nssf.org/pdf/research/iir_injurystatistics2013.pdf

There are two principal reasons for this: The culture of safety in the shooting community and the methods of storage by gun owners.

Years ago, people commonly stored guns in closets, drawers, glass gun cabinets, display racks or just leaned them up against the wall in a corner. Most gun owners did not have gun safes. Now, look at how much floor space in gun shops and sporting good stores is devoted to safes. Most gun owners have safes now and it's almost unheard of to not have one if there are children in the household.
 

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Over the past half-century or so, accidental deaths from firearms have reduced dramatically, despite the increase in the population and the number of guns in circulation.
http://www.nssf.org/pdf/research/iir_injurystatistics2013.pdf

There are two principal reasons for this: The culture of safety in the shooting community and the methods of storage by gun owners.

Years ago, people commonly stored guns in closets, drawers, glass gun cabinets, display racks or just leaned them up against the wall in a corner. Most gun owners did not have gun safes. Now, look at how much floor space in gun shops and sporting good stores is devoted to safes. Most gun owners have safes now and it's almost unheard of to not have one if there are children in the household.
Is that really the case everywhere? I'm forever watching The Investigation Discovery channel and many of the stories from down south reference gun / cabinets display cases, hanging them on the wall or gun rack in pickup truck.
 
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