Sadly, in the wake of the recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado there is all kinds of talk in the mainstream media about the need to ban guns.
But the truth is that crime always seems to go up in U.S. cities where guns are banned.
Just look at Chicago, Illinois.
Strict gun laws were supposed to greatly reduce crime in Chicago, but today Chicago is being called "the deadliest global city".
If you look outside of the United States you see similar results.
A recent article by Mac Slavo of shtfplan.com contained some statistics about how crime has risen in Australia since guns were banned….
Armed Robberies are UP 69%
Assaults Involving Guns are UP 28%
Gun Murders are UP 19%
Well, what about areas where gun ownership has been allowed to flourish?
The following is from a recent article by my friend J. Vanne in which he detailed how guns have helped to reduce crime in many areas of the United States….
As a matter of fact, Gun Owners of America, cites statistics indicating guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense, or around 80 times a day (other statistics estimate this number could range as low as 1.5 million, but either number is a lot!). This includes 200,000 women a year using guns to defend themselves against sexual abuse. As a matter of fact, as of 2008, armed citizens killed more violent bad guys than the police (1,527 vs. 606).
It appears George Washington had it right, when he said “The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.”
What about concealed carry?
Statistics from the recent past show states that passed concealed carry reduced their murder rate by 8.5%, rapes by 5% and robbery by 3%. Florida, which passed concealed carry in 1987, saw its higher than average homicide rate drop 52% during the following 15 years after passage, to below the national average.
The criminals are always going to be able to get guns.
This has been proven over and over and over.
But if criminals know that they are likely to get shot if they commit a crime, then that is going to make them a lot more hesitant to do so.
In addition, gun ownership is not just about preventing crime and it is not just about hunting either.
Our founding fathers felt very strongly about gun ownership for some very fundamental reasons one of those reasons being to protect U.S. citizens from the potential tyranny of their own government.