Muggers who use guns are the most desperate of muggers, as the consequences in jail time for using a gun while committing a crime are greatly more severe than, say, cold cocking the victim .. If a mugger is so desperate to be using a gun, OF COURSE, if you go reach for a weapon, you are much more likely to be shot .. if such a mugger even perceives you have a gun he's more likely to shoot you .... DUH !
And indeed, it's extremely difficult to get a carry permit in Philadelphia or in fact any urban area in the US .. this does absolutely no good in that the criminals have no problem getting guns. As a victim, it's solely the mindset of the criminal that determines whether you live or die
think about it .. common low level street criminals look for easy targets and/or those that look like they might have money on them, if you have a gun in plain view on your belt, you are less likely to get assulted to begin with. Texas, which has 'right to carry' laws, there is less gun crime per capita .. check the stats .. not necessarily cause and effect, but interesting comparing to murder rates in places like Washington D.C, where handguns are effectively banned
sure, a higher incidence of accidental shootings occur where there are more guns .. again.. DUH!, but this is the fault of careless gun owners, and it's usually their family members or friends that get shot .. this should NOT effect responsible otherwise-law abiding US citizen rights to bear arms
I don't get assulted because I'm a 6' tall male that looks like I could defend myself and purposely look 'poor' .. if I have alot of cash to carry.. I'll leave $20-$30 in my wallet .. and have the $2000 in my sock .. if I were to get mugged, I'll gladly hand over my wallet, and doing so OBVIOUSLY would lower the risk of my being harmed, or harmed further.
I know a wealthy, active WWII vet in his 80s now, know him for nearly 30 years .. he still goes to his business most days in his Mercedes .. has a loaded gun under the car seat, and another in his office desk drawer .. he has a military gun collection in his office as well, all are functional .. One of the nicest , kind guys I've ever met .. but he fought in WWII to preserve his rights, risked his life and saw friends die .. he's stated that if the ATF ever came in to take his guns, he'd start shooting .. he's still willing to die for his rights .. sure most of you wusses reading this don't understand that view .. but it's part of what made America great that's been largely lost for now.
that all being said, the PURPOSE of our 2nd admendment has less to do with self defense against common criminals or hunting, than to disuade the government from becoming tyrannical , to protect all the basic inalienable rights defined in our Constitution from being taken away by force with no hope of effective resistance by the People
Same reason, except in very limited emergency situations, we don't allow the Military or paramilitary ( National Guard) to act as a police force
Tyranny here, in the sense of the local police taking over people's property or putting them in jail for civil disobedience or political reasons, is much less likely to happen, partly because of the 200 million guns in private hands in the USA
As long as you aren't harming others here, you can have the attitude "live free or die" .. or "give me liberty or give me death" .. you can speak your mind , protest the government here, do all kinds of things that would give you long jail time in most counties, and a death sentence in many
Murder will happen by criminals, guns or not .. and accidental shootings are a tragedy .. but the trade off between that and the risk of a government with no restraint on using force by guns, by having a disarmed citizenry that can no longer resist, is worth the price in my mind, and I think in the minds of most informed and rational thinking Americans
The multinational corporations and bankers are already commiting economic tryanny on North America and Europe, and our governments are largely already bought out by the same entities
How do you in Europe suppose to rise up and protect your property and livelyhoods as your middle class is being destroyed and made bankrupt ? ,and the multi-nationals start to physically take what you 'owe' them in collusion with your governments, who are likewise indebted now ?
Utopias are not yet achievable, not been one yet in known human history .. there are still too many evil people bent on harming and controling others .. greedy SOBs that will take what they can without a thought of the harm it does others ..
You get the percentage of those people walking around to near 0, particularly in positions of power .. then you can eliminate guns ... ok ?