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Nancy Lanza’s guns

Nancy Lanza loved guns. Apparently, she labored under the illusion, widely shared by gun-owning Americans, that they would make her safe.

Instead, her son Adam turned one of her own weapons on his mother and blew her brains out.

Perhaps he used the Glock. Perhaps it was the Sig Sauer. Perhaps it was the Bushmaster semi-automatic assault rifle, a weapon similar to those used by troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Contrary to the belief of gun advocates, keeping a gun in your house dramatically increases the chances that you or a loved one will be harmed by a weapon — your own.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has compiled a litany of statistics  illustrating the risks. Here’s a small sampling:

  • The risk of homicide is three times higher in homes with firearms.
  • For every time a gun is used in self-defense, it is used 11 times for suicide, 7 times in criminal assaults and 4 times in unintentional shooting deaths or injuries.
  • In nearly 50 percent of accidental shooting deaths, the victim is shot by someone they knew, such as a parent, a spouse, a sibling or a friend.

Nancy Lanza was just the latest casualty of a weapon that was supposed to protect her.