This is a discussion which has been going on for years should the general population have access to guns for self defense or does it just create more of a problem. There are many people that feel that guns are barbaric and that because we live in such an advanced world and are so advanced as people that guns are no longer necessary. There are also those that feel that if we are to own guns that we are living in some kind of wild west where we are going to have shootouts. What they don’t realize is that these criminals don’t really respect an laws. If we look at many of the highest homicide and crime rate locations in the US you will find most of them have very restrictive firearms policies that really haven’t shown in any capacity to be beneficial.
Guns ultimately provide protection for oneself and family all responsible owners know this and will agree that through no fault of their own the police take longer than needed most times to arrive after dialing 911, than if they picked their gun up to defend themselves and their family. This is by no means an endorsement to become a vigilante and go chasing down bad guys as if you were Dirty Harry. One of our basic needs is protection and a gun helps to increase your protection.
Most people who think that a world without guns would be a better one in principle are not wrong however think of it like this and see if you understand why I disagree, a world without guns give people the opportunity to rule with violence it happened before them and it would happen again without them. I know your thinking guns are violent, however they also deter violence. In the US the statistics don’t lie more crimes are stopped by the use of guns. The low estimates of guns saving lives is about 80 to 100k and high estimates say 2.5 million. This can be hard to find the true number as there are many times crimes are stopped without firing a shot, but are never reported.
For example : violent men using knives bats or other weapons will stop and think if they have a gun aimed at them, because they are ultimately not as quick as the gun.
Guns also give people the option to help,
For example : A man attacking a woman with a knife in your home your wife / daughter or mother even, would you pull a gun to stop them from being harmed?
Now ask yourself how much could you do unarmed?
Let’s face it unstable people will always find a way to hurt; a world without guns leaves others unable to protect themselves without becoming violent themselves, it would leave us vulnerable and open to attack from enemies with more violent tendencies than our own.
Do you remember the saying Guns don’t kill people, people kill people never has this been more relevant.
The supreme court has already ruled twice that a ban on handguns would be unconstitutional due the fact that the second amendment states the right to keep and bear arms.
I feel the need for guns in society especially a failing one are necessary, key people should be trained to handle a gun safely for protection and self defense. Imagine a situation where a madman enters a building like a school with the intention of killing. If there is no one in the school that is armed to protect therefore until the police arrive people are at his mercy. If you had a trained key person with firearm on site then they could intervene ( as they will have been trained) and prevent the unnecessary loss of life while the police are on route. In almost all instances of mass shootings as soon as another armed individual enters the scene the gunman normally kill themselves and stop anymore killing. If companies don’t allow guns on their premises then they should have armed guards as the people are not able to protect themselves. This is the reason there are really never robberies and shootings at gun stores and gun shows because there is a deterent to those who believe they can prey on the weak and unarmed.
Is our society failing? It’s is hard to see how we will get out of some of the bad financial decisions, but we may very well be just fine. As preppers we are preparing for the other side of that coin where the problem is not fixed and we fall into dismay. If this is a case it is hard to see where violence, self defense and crime won’t happen. So being prepared with firearms and ammo is an essential part to prepping. If you have years worth of food and water but nothing to protect yourself, I can not see a person being able to successfully keep their things and thrive in that type of society.