I need help convincing my dad that firearms are really not dangerous IF utilized correctly and/or it's probably a lot safer to know how to use a firearm if the situation ever arises. My dad is an engineer and can't argue with facts and figures. What pro gun statistics do you guys know of? I'm hoping if I can show to him that gun owners are safer he'll at least not kick me out for my purchase. Quick Background: I live at home with my staunchly anti gun father. I've always been interested in guns but was never able to obtain one because of age laws and lack of money until recently. Last Friday I decided enough was enough, so I went to my local shop and bought a 10/22 Takedown. It's still at the shop due to the CA the ten day waiting period. Yet in one of the most spectacular examples of mistimings ever my dad finds out I bought a gun, and then hears about the Colorado shooting 20 minutes later. My interest in firearms lies in their use as a tool and the concentration and skill needed to shoot. Even if I don't own a gun I think it's VERY important to know how to use them effectively, safely, and properly. After all they're just tools and knowledge is power. Aside from that I very much so like the practice of target shooting. Aiming (consistently) requires a lot of focus, concentration and discipline and I really enjoy practicing those skills.