"A person in the US has better chances of being struck by lightning ( about 1 in 6,000) than of being shot by another person at any given moment. "
The stats for that don't add up.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ) record deaths and injuries from lightning strikes, and so far this year in the US, 27 people have died. The 10 year average is 31 deaths per year.
Contrast that with about 33,000 deaths per year from gunshots ( 2012 -14 )
The other problem with using that as a comparison is that lightning strikes are random events, acts of god if you like, which to some degree are preventable ( you don't stand outside in a storm).
Getting shot by someone with a gun, if not totally accidental, is a conscious and deliberate act. It's not the same thing.
To get more of a perspective on this topic, I read up on the gun laws in Poland, and was very surprised to find that you can get a gun licence for the purpose of self-defence. However in addition to passing a psychological evaluation ( repeated 5 yearly for self-defence purposes ), having a clean criminal record, and passing an exam in proper weapons handling, you must be able to prove that you believe your life to be in ' a constant, substantial, and higher than average' danger:-
I also found this nice little article from 2013 which also covers gun law in Poland and in addition shows that gun crime is not a common occurrence:-
The point is - if someone want to commit a crime there is nothing you can do to stop them
But you can make it less easy for them.
I think that US and Poland differ in that regard and gun crimes would never spin out of control in certain areas as it is in the USA.
To be fair I don't think it would be on the same scale either, but there would be an increase in gun deaths as exemplified by those European countries where it is legal to carry firearms.
How many dead in road accidents would you consider too many?
This argument has been used many times by those in support of guns.
Cars serve a necessary purpose, unless you would like to go back to horse and cart, and yes, we accept the risk that goes with them, as we do when getting on a plane etc
We have laws to try and ensure that people drive safely and a test and theory to pass first. We build cars with many safety features these days in order to cut down risk. Inevitably though, there will be deaths and that is the risk we accept when getting from A to B. It's just not possible to ban all forms of transport.
There is one big difference with guns. They are NOT necessary. They have only one purpose, to kill and maim. Nobody actually needs to have one. The fact that you can have them in Poland for self-defence for a VERY good reason shows that they are not needed generally and that Poland is happy with the laws as they stand. There is no need to pass new laws which would inevitably lead to deaths and an increase in crime, and I can't see this changing.
I think that something similar could be done with guns. Once you pass, you can buy.
In theory it would work but there is always the possibility of abuse once someone has a gun. Family members could end up with access to it for starters.There was that case in the US last year where the gunman used family members' guns to go on a shooting spree.
I think the real question here is - when dangers outweighs benefits?
What benefits? Have you ever been in a situation where you have really needed a gun? Honestly?
Guns in the hands of your countrymen would make you feel unsafe
Too damn right they would!
I think such a stance is based on feelings, not logic or reason.
If you arm the general population and guns are in circulation, you stand a chance of being shot, in crime ridden areas, a much higher chance. As it stands in the UK, there is a very low chance of me being shot as guns are banned. Ok, there are illegal guns here, but my chances of being shot with one are very, very low. That seems to me to be quite logical reasoning.
Your assumption is that guns are making a country more dangerous place
You really think crime stats wouldn't increase?
Rather than a safe 'peasant' relaying on others for my safety.
Having a gun does not guarantee your safety unless you have it strapped to you 24/7 ;)