A few points to ponder :
1] ambulance chasing lawyers are reveling at the chance to represent towns in law suits against guns manufacturers !
2] guns make society safer ! They save cities far more tears and treasure than criminals with guns could ever cost !
3] award winning criminologist Gary Kleck , of Florida State university in a comprehensive study , concluded that Americans stop criminal attacks up to 2.5 millions times a year usually without firing a shot !
4] Evidence points to Americans using guns three to five times as often for defense purposes as for criminal purposes !
5] How many innocents aren't murdered , how many daughters aren't raped , how many storekeepers aren't robbed and how many pensioners aren't beaten to death simply because they own life saving tools , such as guns ?
6] A National Institute of justice survey of imprisoned felons found that the one thing criminals fear most isn't police , prosecution or imprisonment , __ but a victim who turns out to be armed !
7] So how many citizens aren't raped , murdered, robbed , or assaulted not because they are armed --- but because criminals cannot tell who is armed and who isn't ?
8] Researchers John Lott and David Mustard of the University of Chicago tried to find out by examining FBI crime statistics and discovered that States with the largest increase in gun ownership and "shall issue" right to carry concealed , have the greatest reduction /decline in violent crime , i.e., Florida !
9] If other States had adopted similar laws in 1992 , 1500 murders, 4000 rapes , 12,000 robberies , and 60,000 aggravated assaults could have been prevented EACH YEAR !
10] face the bottom line truth : the right to keep and bear arms makes citizens safer ; even the ones who are anti gun [ incurable hoplophobes] indirectly benefit from the safety engendered by the presence of firearms in our society !