Mostly because the US is a free country, without firearm we are only subject or slaves. You are completely incorrect about US violent crime statistics are particularly high compared to other first world countries, so I would guess you got your false statistics from some gun haters site.
Violent crime has doubled in Scotland over the past 20 years and levels, per head of population, are now comparable with cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Tbilisi. While violent crime has dropped dramatically in the US in the past 20 years.
Gun control doesn't work in California, Chicago, or Washington, DC now does it? These these places in the US has some of the most strict firearm laws in the US and have the highest violent crime rate. Now you have to take in to consideration of the 700,000 plus by the FBI's figures that use a firearm to keep from becoming a victim of a violent crime. Think about this, if it were not for that fact there would be a lot more murders in the US.
Your claim of 1,000 - 1,500 fatal firearm accidents occur every year in the U.S, is a little high, but that is probably because of the fact that you got those figures from anti-gun site. But even by using your figures it is a long ways from the 40,000 accidental deaths cause by motor vehicles.
Firearms do make us much safer, just ask yourself this question, if you were walking down the street and 3 big men jump out a car and started toward you telling you they were going to beat you to death, would you fell safer if I stepped out with my firearm in hand, or if I stepped out and told you to kick the $hit out of those big thugs????????
@ Bit O'Honey. Me nor any of the other 80 million law abiding firearm owners didn't lose control of ourselves with firearms yesterday.
@ Possum. You have been reading far to much anti-gun propaganda to make such an incorrect statement as you made. Why do you suppose violent crime went down instead of up after most states passed the Shall Issue Concealed Carry right that put hundreds of thousands of firearm in law abiding citizen pockets? Common sense would tell us if what you falsely claim was really true, that violent crime would have skyrocketed instead of dropping dramatically.
· 9 years ago