Just to play devil's advocate...I live in a country that has no guns at all (outside law enforcement). Incredibly harsh penalties for even owning any sort of firearm. It also has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and generally it's the safest place I've ever lived.
Guns don't make you safe, unless of course it's to protect you from other guns.
In Los Angeles, many neighborhoods were protected from mobs( riot) by blocking their streets as well as with their guns. If guns were illegal their homes/business would have been burned,looted as well as raped or killed.
There are always pro's and con's to every situation whether it be guns, drugs, the death penalty, etc. If the answers were so cut and dry debates like this wouldn't be necessary It would be wonderful if guns were sold and purchased for the simple reason of killing for food and even then you would have people that disagree. If someone had a gun in the Columbine school shooting less people would of been killed. On the flip side if those teens weren't able to get their hands on a gun then no one would of been killed. Take away guns and you'd see an increase in stabbings, beatings and other creative ways to kill. There are simply people on this earth that do not have the respect for human life that most of us do.
There is a young guy just got shot in TN, everyones up in arms about it different gangs now getting involved, i just wish the ones with guns behaved with them..
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I agree with Mountanddo that this is indeed a complicated issue, and it isn't as simple as guns vs no guns. I also see the point peanut2 is trying to make. There are instances where guns can protect against violent crime.
Ultimately the issue of violent crimes goes a lot deeper than this, and as Mountanddo said, there will still be lots of people who have no respect for life. The real issue isn't whether or not we should allow guns to be owned, but rather why the hell we would need one to protect ourselves at all. If you live in a place where you would feel safer carrying a sidearm, then there is a real problem, and it's not gun control.