Why Do Guns Do More Good Than Harm?

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“The United States leads the world in gun ownership, however, it is 103rd in homicide rate” (Guns in America, n.d.). Do guns do more good than harm? Do they protect us, or put us in more danger? Would criminals obey gun control laws? These are a few of the many questions asked when it comes to the issue and debate of gun control. Being able to have guns would benefit society as a whole in that citizens would be more protected, and they would have the ability to take action faster than the local police can respond.
The number of guns is constantly on the rise and along with that, the citizens of America have become safer. Many argue that lenient gun control laws and weak regulations on guns endanger the citizens of America rather than keep
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Department of Labor, 1/8/2014). There are also about 80,000,000 gun owning citizens. “The police, on average, have an error rate of about 11% when responding to a crime, meanwhile, armed citizens have an average error rate of only 2%” (Newsweek, 3/13/10). Having possession of firearms in the hands of everyday citizens, is statistically proved to prevent death or any kind of harm.“The police respond and kill around 600 criminals a year, while armed citizens kill around 1,600” (Guns in America, n.d.). “On average, 14.3 deaths occur at a shooting rampage stopped by the police. Only 2.3 deaths occur at a shooting rampage stopped by armed citizens” (Examiner, …show more content…
“The UK has approximately 125% more rape victims per 100,000 people than the US, and 133% more assault victims per 100,000 people than the US” (Infowars, 8/12/13). Although the UK has a very strict ban on guns, their violent crime rate is much higher than what it is in the United States. The city of Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the US, but that has not reduced crime in the city. It is known as one of the deadliest cities in the world. “In 2012 there were about as many murders in Chicago than there were in the entire nation of Japan” (Infowars,

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