Excellent website you reference!
However, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, making the statement:
"A firearm is more than forty times as likely to hurt or kill a family member as to stop a crime."...
apparently has never visited that website. I suspect their officers also don't carry firearms, tasers, or pepper spray, in support of the '4000%' statistic. "Do as we say, not as we do." I suggest if one of their officers pointed a firearm at an attacker in progress, the situation would quickly change, and likely without violence. (i think they know that....they just want it to be a secret.... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />)
A "firearm" is 100% unlikely to do anything but sit there. It's the operator controlling that firearm that might fall into that statistic, however nebulous, depending upon training and circumstances. Anyone can be stupid with anything...and sadly, stupid can kill.
True what you say about cougars and bears, but I don't bother with a weapon for them anyway....heck, that's exactly what I want to see!!! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
paul, texas KD5IVP