There are two separate arguments here really.
One is the pleasant fiction that it's possible to actually prevent people from getting their hands on guns in the first place. It isn't. Full stop. I could go on and on about the why
, but it isn't worth it. The idealogs among you will always deny this reality because it's too painful to think that their utopia of a gun free world cannot and will not exist.
Secondly, the statistics of gun death don't lie. Now there's all kinds of numbers out there that we can throw around, but I find the most telling one to be this: http://dailyanarchist.com/2012/07/31/auditing-shooting-rampage-statistics/
Since most of you probably won't read it given the scary URL I'll sum up... this guy takes readily available public data to prove that when a mass shooting takes place, the number of deaths when the shooter is stopped by police averages 14.29
vs the number of deaths when stopped by civilians (armed or
unarmed) is a mere 2.33
Now, you can't save the 2.33 ever
. It isn't possible, abandon all hope of this irrational dream. Someone will always find a way to get their hands on something they shouldn't, be it a gun, knife, bomb, or whatever. And people will
die. But more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens results in fewer
deaths, which is the best anybody with an ounce of reason could hope for.
Lastly, don't give me the BS argument about accidental death either, the statistics also prove that you are about 9000 times more likely to be killed by medical malpractice than you are by a gun.
So get over it, go buy yourself a firearm, get trained in how to use and keep
safely and effectively. Then the next time some dipshit decides to start mowing down people in your local mall, maybe you can be the one who puts and end to it instead of cowering and waiting to die.