Originally Posted by Coedeed
I wish everyone was issued a gun by the government or something. The idea of 'everyone has a gun so if you shoot someone, everyone will shoot you' would probably be the safest. Only thing guns laws will do is take guns away from honest people, but criminals will still get them and use them; then what? You don't have anything to defend yourself.
Then you go from "angry husband who beat his wife during an argument" to "angry husband who shot his wife during an argument". There's a lot of honest people who wouldn't be able to keep a cool head at all times, and having a gun at hand's reach is just recipe for disaster.
Guns are not as good self defense as you think. First, if someone plans to rob you or kill you, they will not walk down the sidewalk yelling and waving their weapon around, they will wait until they are at point blank range from you to pull their gun or knife. Trying to get creative with a gun aimed at your face is a very easy way to go from mugged to dead. Oh, and let's not forget that people willing to threaten or kill others are either mentally unstable (extremely dangerous and devoid of self-preservation instincts) or people who operate in a criminal ring, because people who rob and murder for a living are rarely alone.
Everyone knows a story they heard about someone who once saved the day with a gun. I know several armed people that are dead because they either resisted robbery and got shot/stabbed on the spot, or a criminal ring got back at them. I do know a few success stories, but curiously enough most of them were policemen or military, so they had actual, extensive training on how to use a gun properly.
This is not the kind of thing where you can look at the small picture. Kind of like how speed bumps can prevent a few crashes, a couple of them fatal ones, but then indirectly cause dozens of deaths because of ambulances having to slow down. It's not a matter of "this fatal crash could be averted by a speed bump", it's rather about whether speed bumps in the long run prevent enough deaths to make up for the ones they cause or not.
In the end, the real problem here is criminals having guns. Saying that instead of preventing criminals from getting guns we're going to give everyone guns and see what happens, is laziness and incompetence taken to the extreme.