I would absolutely hate myself if my family was hurt in any way because I didn't have a good handgun at the ready. I think each family should have some means of protecting themselves, and if that means having a handgun then so be it. It's better than getting somebody killed
How many Nazis could the Jews have taken out if they weren't defenseless? Guns are our protection against the government and against oppression.
As it would be safer with no guns, people do have them and will use them. If you were being robbed in the middle of the night wouldn't you want a gun? People worry about accidents with a gun in the house but if it was kept in a safe until its needed it will keep your kids from getting into it and will keep you safe.
I support gun control. But I live in the country. I have seen enough incidents with wild animals to know that guns can be useful. Like that time a bobcat got into my house. My 17 year old was babysitting her two younger brothers, (I left for work at 7am) while my children were sleeping it came in though the crawlspace into the basement and was just wandering around eating cat food. My daughter heard it and came to investigate. Thank god for the sheriff. They scared it off. We got the hole sealed were it came in but it could have been worse. Nothing was shot but still if it had rabies (the police suspected it did because it wasn't afraid at all) this could have been very bad for my kids.
Yes and no. Not everyone should carry a gun or own. I'm a former marine. I know the insides and outs of firearms. I'm all for our constitutional rights but will accidental discharges we need to increase a stronger and more effective awareness of the use and functions of a firearm. What would be much more effective is mandatory trigger locks, high quality not cheap. Think $150+. Also in order to buy, handle, or even rent a firearm there should be a mandatory course that drills weapon safety and basic functions of firearms. Too many people will buy a handgun because they can and know absolutely nothing on how to handle, clean, or even fire the thing. Also ammo should be kept in a lockbox of some sort at least in a separate room of the house. Owning a firearm can keep you safer but we need to thoroughly educate those who intended to own and use a firearm of any kind.
If they taught their children about gun safety and that gun crimes are wrong, but learned to use them properly, it would be good. If everyone were equally matched against criminals, criminals would change their minds. My parents have let me and my siblings fire guns since we were eight, because we were in a controlled environment and they taught us how to use them. We have never had a gun accident in our family.
Basically yes. If everyone owned a handgun excluding criminals, insane people, etc, most violent crimes could not be committed because they would almost certainly be stopped. It would be a good thing for everyone to own a gun, and it has been proven to work in other countries.
If literally everyone had a handgun, criminals would almost certainly think more than twice about waltzing into a home trying to steal/rape/murder/ect. Evidently 98% of robbers say they wouldn't go into a home if they knew someone in their was armed. Speaks for itself I say.
I believe that if everyone had a gun it would be safest, or at least if a majority people have a gun it would be safest, this is simply because criminals are afraid of gun owners and more specifically their guns. Therefore, criminals would be deterred.
They have a militia where most 20-30 have a gun. The country has a low violence rate too. I am pretty sure theres a correlation. I think if everyone was trained, then criminals would have way less of an incentive as their neighbors are trained with deadly firearms that can stop a robber in his tracks.
Think of it like this. If I was your attacker, do you know what I'm coming at you with? NO. So I want to be able to stop them. If he has a Glock 19 with 15 rounds, I want a Glock 17 with a 33 round magazine. Why? Because I refuse to let them be the only person with power.
Everyone should have it for protection if danger comes along. The constitution states that people should have the right to bear arms. Nowadays criminals are becoming more dangerous and brutal. If they know that everyone may be armed, crime rates will decrease. A majority of the community will safer as well.
Get a shotgun! Why get a handgun when you could get something a lot more powerful for about the same price. It is much easier to hit a target with a shotgun than a handgun as well. However I would advise taking a gun control class and most definetly keeping it out of reach of children.
I know several people who have a conceal and carry license...keep the gun in their car, drink and drive. These are people who claim to be responsible gun owners. I'm so tired of everyone thinking more guns makes us safe.
Might I add, one of these persons I mention just ran for house of representatives on the republican ticket.
He drinks, drives drunk, carries a gun...just pathetic!
While I strongly support keeping firearms for protection, they are not for everyone. While it is their fundamental right to own one, the outcome will not always be good.
Americans believe that keeping a handgun in the house makes them safe, when it really does the exact opposite. So many accidents that could have been prevented occur each year, because people are not equipped to handle the guns that they feel are protecting them. People should strive to protect themselves non-violently.
I think that handguns should be made available to those who prove themselves to be competent law-abiding citizens. I think that if everyone had a handgun, or every family had a handgun, in their home, that would create more problems than it would be helpful to maintaining their safety. There are new statistics stating that somewhere around one third of Americans, at one time in their life, will need to seek professional help for a mental health issue. If those one third were to have access to a handgun during a time of crisis in their lifetime, if severe enough, the outcome could be tragic.
Not every family should have a handgun in the home, as it will likely increase the number of deaths due to accidents or homicide. Certainly, every family wants to feel safe against intruders, but handguns only increase the chances of a child finding the gun, or an argument turning into a violent death. Handguns only provide the illusion of safety, while actually increasing the risk of death between family members.