David Klamann: What the Second Amendment really says

Lowell Bohn that the Second Amendment to our Constitution gives him the right to protect his family, himself and his property. It does not.

The text of the amendment reads in full: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Nothing about protecting property, family, or himself, not even close.

Mr. Bohn feels threatened and feels he needs to protect his family with guns. This seems fair, even though the incidents of some strangers breaking into people‘s houses with semi-automatic weapons in the middle of the night in the city of Boulder seem to be close to none. Mr. Bohn is entitled to protect himself, property and family, but here are some facts from an article in Mother Jones he might want to know:

• Owning a gun has been linked to higher risks of homicide, suicide and accidental death by gun.

• For every time a gun is used in self-defense in the home, there are seven assaults or murders, 11 suicide attempts, and four accidents involving guns in or around a home.

• Forty-three percent of homes with guns and kids have at least one unlocked firearm.

• In one experiment, one-third of 8- to 12-year-old boys who found a handgun pulled the trigger.

• In 2014, according to FBI data, nearly eight times more people were shot and killed in arguments than by civilians trying to stop a crime.

• In one survey, nearly 1 percent of Americans reported using guns to defend themselves or their property. However, a closer look at these claims found that more than half involved using guns in an aggressive manner, such as escalating an argument.

• A study in Philadelphia found that the odds of an assault victim being shot were 4.5 times greater if he carried a gun.

• In 2013, more than five times more women were shot by husbands, boyfriends and ex-partners than murdered by male strangers.

• A woman‘s chances of being killed by her abuser increase more than five times if he has an access to a gun.

If Mr. Bohn wants to protect his family, himself and his property, he might want to get rid of his guns, because the more people who have guns, the less safe we all are.