Guns are primarily designed as a weapon to inflict maximum harm on the target.
Cars kill more people, but are also more prevalent. They are also larger (usually.)
Again, I'm not for a gun ban, but spouting off random death statistics is meaningless. The fact remains that guns are a tool meant to kill, first and foremost, and they are too often in the hands of people that have no business owning them.
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It's no different than you encroaching on property that has beware of dog signs posted everywhere, should your face get ripped off by half a dozen pitbulls because you ignored the warning, it's your fault.
Besides their could of been other events that gave the owner every right to be paranoid about random people coming onto his property, maybe he owed bad people money or had actually expected bad people were coming after him.
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Tell me how one can leave a driveway with a bullet in your head?
I mean if you were a elderly man living in an area full of gang activity and your neighbors house had been broken into only weeks before you would be pretty f"ing paranoid about a car full of Latino teenagers who fit the description of gang members (it's not a stereotype the majority of the people in street gangs are indeed either black or LAtino)
I will admit however that the gun owner did act irresponsibly simply because he made himself the threat before verifying these kids were a threat, he couldn't tell the car was in reverse, he didn't give the offenders an opportunity to explain themselves and he shot to kill not wound.
Given the guys background I would be hesitant to push criminal charges as he sounds like an upstanding citizen who merely acted rashly, I would take away his guns and declare him unfit to own one due to his age/ lack of judgement but it sounds like he lives in an area where not owning a gun could be very detrimental to his own health, Especially now that this has happened.