Where they are going with THIS study…
Sixty-six percent of Veteran firearm owners stored at least one firearm unlocked, and 46.7 percent stored at least one loaded.
Storing a firearm loaded and unlocked was more common among Veteran firearm owners who:
- Disagreed that firearms should be stored unloaded and locked when not in use
- Agreed that firearms are not useful for personal protection if the owner has to take time to load or unlock them
- Agreed that having a firearm in the home makes the household safer
Full article, HERE at Science Daily.
Honestly, I think this number is probably low…
The article goes on to prattle about Veterans Health Administration (VHA) initiatives to stop suicide and claim this is the first ‘comprehensive’ study…
But the total numbers are less that 4000 interviewed, with only a little over 550 veterans interviewed. That, to me, is NOT a comprehensive dataset. There are roughly 20.4 MILLION veterans in the USA, so to have a statistically significant study, one would need to systematically sample over 200,000 people!
Sigh… But they will run with this data, and I’m betting we (VA users) will start seeing more and more intrusive questions concerning gun ownership and storage in the home.