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Should you keep a handgun in your home?

Most people agree that owning a gun is a personal decision. But when it comes to keeping a gun in your home, some say it can put the safety of others at risk. Handguns are a popular choice among gun owners, as more people choose to exercise their Second Amendment right to protect their families. Meanwhile, new research reveals firearm-related deaths in children has increased as handgun ownership has gone up. Would you keep a handgun in your house?

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According to CNN's Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez, as handgun ownership increased, so have firearm-related deaths of children under the age of five.

Child deaths from firearms peaked in the late 1970s and early 1980s and were on the decline until 2001, the study says. The rates have started to increase again, nearly doubling over the past decade from 0.36 per 100,000 children ages 1 to 4 to 0.63 per 100,000.

Given that handguns are usually purchased for personal protection, many handgun owners store their weapons in their homes. Researchers say this could be the culprit behind the increase in firearm-related child deaths:

The authors explain that handguns are often purchased for personal protection and are therefore more likely to be stored loaded, unlocked and left in a more accessible place. Almost 5 million children live in homes where at least one firearm is stored loaded and unlocked, according to a 2018 study in the journal Urban Health.
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For some, owning a handgun is a matter of feeling secure in their home. Whether you live alone or have a family to protect, having a handgun nearby can provide solace and, depending on what happens, end up saving your life or your property. As CBS Detroit's Lori Melton puts it: 

 A burglar wouldn’t want to stare down the barrel of a gun, and it can offer homeowners protection against intruders. 

Others say that as long as the gun is properly stored and owners are trained, there is nothing wrong with keeping a handgun in the home. Melton emphasizes:

Overall, choosing to keep a gun in your house is a very personal decision. If you do decide it’s best for you to own a gun, there are very important training and safety considerations to follow, especially if you have children or teenagers at home.
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Clearly, if handguns are purchased with the intent of protecting one's family, the weapons are having the opposite effect. USA Today's Jorge L. Ortiz and Ashley May spoke with the author of a new study on the topic, Kate Pricket:

“For every percent increase in the proportion of young families with a handgun, there was a half a percent increase in the young child firearm-related mortality rate,’’ lead author Kate Prickett told USA TODAY. 

Keep in mind, handguns purchased for protection might be stored in places where adults can grab them quickly in the event of an emergency. Again, this does more harm than good: 

Not only are smaller guns lighter and easier for kids to handle – some as young as 2 have been able to pull a trigger – but they’re also more likely to be stored while loaded, contrary to guidelines that encourage owners to lock them away in a secure place separate from the ammunition.
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Some feel that keeping a handgun in the home is the only way to keep their family safe. Again, no one is arguing for leaving guns unattended or even loaded, but it's common sense to prepare your home for invasion or emergency. It's your responsibility to protect the people inside. 

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