Does a gun protect your valuables?

About a week ago, while on an assignment that had me tagging along with a house hunter from Mount Bethel, Pa., I overheard the prospective buyer ask a real estate agent about home security systems.

The agent remarked that the house, which was settled in an affluent area, didn’t have a security system. The news didn’t seem to bother the buyer, however, both women eventually left to look at other properties.

Later, that small, almost insignificant exchange, stuck in my head.

I know that home security is important, but important enough that it would sway a sale?

Are most people content with a wired alarm system? Are homeowners supplementing such systems with a gun?

In some cases, local homeowners have turned to guns to repel intruders.

Last fall, a Chanceford Township man fended off a team of home invaders with a handgun. One of the invaders suffered gunshot wounds to the chest, neck and hands.

In 2011, Gov. Tom Corbett extended the state’s Castle Doctrine that allows a person to use deadly force in a self-defense situation outside their home or business.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama introduced a $500 million gun violence package in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

What do you think? Does a gun protect your property? Do you plan to buy a gun?

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3 Responses to Does a gun protect your valuables?

  1. At what point does the “…pursuit of happiness” trump a human life? The American concept of life and liberty has been drilled into citizens since its inception, claiming my right (as an American) to worldly success and ownership of possessions as an ideal is fundamental; thus creating a real race amongst the human race and leaving so many without opportunity to learn, practice and succeed in the acquisition of wealth, and serving to reduce the human spirit to the twisted normalcy of a new human condition: weakness as failure, which implies an egoism that readily dismisses the significance of our fellows and desensitizes us to compassion, allowing for a greater chance of brutality and violence to protect that which we now deem to be ours.

    Theft of another person’s rightly acquired property is, of course, a social and moral wrong… and should be punished accordingly under reasonable applications of the law. To kill or maim another person for the defense of that property, however, is equally wrong and places the defense thereof at a greater importance than the sanctity of human life. So many Americans, Pennsylvanians and Yorkers claim to practice faiths founded on the principles of peace and love, yet are so very quick to use enhanced legal applications of home defense as self-defense, using outward weapons of violence as weapons of a twisted faith, negating the very practice of peace and love they hold so dear. It’s a dangerous and deadly hypocrisy that is ingrained early as proper citizenry, much like those rights extolled in the Declaration of Independence considered a sacred component of the American tradition.

  2. kwk says:

    Fine…be a sheep…..f, n liberal.

  3. kwk says:

    Baa….do you really think , in your little imaginary utopia the police will be there “on demand” wake up….baa…
    Lamb to the slaughter… I pity you and your family.


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