In the throes of the holiday shopping season, I often hear radio ads promoting guns as an ideal gift. They make owning a gun sound so benign, so American, so patriotic.
I have worked in both inner-city and small-town emergency rooms. I have treated hundreds of gunshot victims and pronounced so many patients dead from gunshot wounds that I prefer not to keep count.
Guns don’t mean anything positive to me. They signify only death and destruction. They are certainly nothing to put in a festive box with a bow under a Christmas tree.
When you buy a gun, you may think you are purchasing a weapon to protect your family, your home or your possessions. Perhaps you want to own a weapon in case society or the government breaks down and you need to defend yourself in troubled times. You may as well be worrying about a zombie apocalypse.
Whatever reason you have, let me disabuse you of the notion that you are somehow safer with a gun in your home. You aren’t.
– Steven Sainsbury in Guns don’t belong under your Christmas tree. They don’t belong in your home, either
If you’re still wondering what to put under your tree for that special someone this year, see our handy gift guides, below. We promise not to tell Steven Sainsbury.