What ranks higher - freedom or life?
The lives of those that guns would inevitably impact upon if guns were freely available to all.
You haven't given me one good reason in support for gun ownership,only that you feel it is your right to have one for self-defence purposes.
Have you ever needed one for that purpose? I somehow doubt it.
Under what circumstances would you justify using a gun anyway? Someone breaks into your home so you shoot them? I think it would be you going to prison for a long time. You would have to prove in a court that your life was in danger to justify shooting someone, and how likely is that to happen, in Poland or the UK? I would think it far more likely that if guns were legal, you would find an armed burglar in your home.
People in Poland don't need them for self-defence either, because violent crime is rare in the country. Why do you think that Poland does allow gun ownership for self-defence but on very strict grounds? Simply because people are rarely in the situation that justifies the need to be armed, which is why so few gun licences on those grounds are granted. There is NO NEED for them to be.
That should be changed because you feel you should have the right to be armed? You value your personal freedom over peoples' lives? Don't you think that's a rather selfish point of view?
Blimey Iron, if I didn't know better, I'd have thought you were American ;)
Probably because it is a very good argument.
I think it's a very poor argument. You are comparing guns to cars as intentional killing tools. When people die as the result of crashes, those deaths are accidental, people do not purposely take their cars and go out with the intention of using them as a means to kill people, in contrast to guns, where their intended use is to cause death.
You are trying to justify deaths caused by accidental means with those resulting from a deliberate choice? Really?
As regards numbers, the last report from 2013 stated that there was only a 1% difference in the number of road deaths to those from guns, the gap is closing. If numbers are so important to you, what happens if number of gun deaths exceeds those due to car accidents? Gun supporters will undoubtedly find a new comparison which better serves their argument;)
I disagree, trains, trams, buses, planes could be used instead
Come on Iron, it's not practical and you know it.
So you ignore dangers and risk or rather you take it as a part of a parcel.
I don't ignore them, but I accept those risks yes. But if I were to die in a car crash, it would be the result of an accident, not a deliberate act.
Now you will argue what does it matter, dead is dead, but I think it would very much matter to those I leave behind wouldn't it?
I would like to hear compelling arguments that support your opinion. :)
I think I have covered my reasons for not supporting the right to carry guns, but you haven't given me any reasons or benefits as to why you, or Polish people, should do :-)
As far as I am concerned, no deaths resulting from the use of a gun are acceptable, they are entirely preventable in fact.
Do you think Poland would benefit as a country if it's citizens were allowed to carry guns? What about the extra costs this would incur? You would definitely need more police for the inevitable increase in crime. If you read that Kraków post article I linked to, armed response units had to be sent from Warsaw to Sanok to deal with the gunman who shot 2 people. That's 200 kms away! Yes, gun crime is so rare there, clearly they didn't have police on hand to cope with the situation.
Benefit of leading your life in a considerable freedom. Benefit of having an option. Benefits of self-reliance....
How exactly would owning a gun give you 'considerable freedom' when you wouldn't be able to walk down the street with it, and chances are you will never ever need to use it? It will most probably be polished and oiled now and again and locked away. As for the benefits of having an option and self-reliance, I doubt it would ever be legal in Poland or the UK, to be able to carry a gun in public places, so you are looking at occasion of finding an intruder in your home.
If you arrive home to find someone in your house,most likely you won't have a gun within reach to start with. If you are in and don't hear someone break in, same result.
Might be handy if you wake up at night and hear someone break in and your gun is next to your bed, but hopefully you won't shoot a member of your own family who possibly can't sleep and is wandering around ;)
The whole thing is ridiculous to me, in order to feel safe in your own home, you would need a gun for each room or walk about wearing one all the time, which is why Americans usually have multiple guns.
I am just content to have securely locked doors and windows myself!
After all your changes are much greater to be killed in a traffic right now
Yes because guns are illegal.
Having a gun even odds and gives you a standing change to defend yourself
You live in a safe country. I could understand your argument if for example you were living in a war zone, but as it stands, your chances of being the victim of a violent crime are slim. Do you feel that unsafe where you are living such that you need a gun?
We are deffo not going to agree on this either! Regardless of what you say, I think the safety of the population would be compromised with the legalisation of guns, this is proven with gun deaths in other European countries. There is simply no need to arm a safe country.