What works for us won't work for every one else. But still in America guns save 400,000 lives per year (CDC) and prevent 900,000 other crimes (CDC) including 200,000 rapes. Guns only kill 30,000 people a year here. That's still 30,000 too many but guns are used to protect people more often than to kill.
Other countries should be able to defend themselves against governments that have become a tyranny. Guns were invented for defense and offense, other countries should have that right. But then have the liberal Government take away all their rights to purchase and own guns.(That's an America joke, get it its topical)
Guns are tools, the gun that could be used to kill innocent people could be the same gun to defend a family from a home invasion. Police, while fast, sometimes aren't fast enough and the immediate option to defend yourself could save lives. Sure there are limits, no one can just walk into a store and buy a gun, you need background checks. Just look at Switzerland, their last mass shooting was in 2001 and they have a low crime rate compared to the U.S. and Europe.
If people want them for self defense and they know how to handle them, store them, and keep them safe, and they have a clean criminal record and they pass a psychological exam then they should be allowed. But not just any gun. An AK-47 is NOT needed for self-defense. A simple handgun, OK. Nothing more than that.
OK i have heard a lot about gun rights in the US, where people saying gun rights should be protected. The general idea I've gotten is that so many people have guns, chances are americans believe they need one to protect against the bad guys with guns.
But if we look at a different country or location, the UK for example, not everyone has a gun. Infact access to them is majorly restricted. Therefore one is not needed to protect yourself, if you're going to be burgled they probably won't have a gun.
The way i see it if you implement gun laws, you're going to end up with a situation like the US where everyone suddenly has them, and gun crime/shootings/deaths will of course increase. And guns will be viewed as something of protection, rather than a weapon to kill, which frankly is what they were built for in the first place.
Honestly, I'm rather unconcerned when it regards violence, and so my opinion isn't affected by that. However, the idea that a gun is required so that one can be assured of their own safety is utterly ridiculous. Gun rights in any country that doesn't already have them would absolutely increase the death toll, and no doubt crime rates would increase. With a gun, people are given so much opportunity to commit previously unthinkable acts. In a state without gun rights, almost nobody considers them necessary because we don't need to protect ourselves against people with guns - there aren't any. Agreed there are murders and muggings, they are unavoidable; but who in their right mind can claim that the introduction of gun rights in the US has at all reduced the number of murders? It doesn't. And I certainly wouldn't feel safer if people were able to walk around with guns. Even without intent, misfire is a risk. Alongside this, I believe the numbers are around 7000 now, regarding the number of accidental deaths per year among children alone in the US, due to guns. Gun rights just aren't worth it.
It's strange to me to see american people assure that Guns save lifes. I just don't understand how it's possible, does the american life looks like Gotham City? In France, we never noticed such an insecurity, although we also have burglars and thiefs. I think the right to owe an arm can only save some wallets but when I see the butcheries that occur every now and again in the USA, I don't think it's worth it. Especially in my country, who has promblem of terrorism, it would be disastrous if any young crazy people could buy one. (don't tell me this is one more reason to protect ourselves, there was policeman with a gun in Charlie Hebdo)
In most countries a person can legally own a gun. But unlike the US the process is more complicated and must be justified. For example in Australia saying you require one for self defense is insufficient. Gun ownership is basically restricted to farmers, genuine hunters and members of sporting gun clubs. In 1996 gun laws in Australia were tightened and made national rather than state based. There has been essentially no movement to backtrack and loosen those laws. Any politician calling for such a move would be seen as a fringe player. Despite these restrictions the murder rate has fallen significantly.