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Are guns necessary? – A life without guns – Discussion

Many people are fearless when having a firearm in their possession, whether they are the victim or the perpetrator because guns provide a sense of security for most. The downside of guns is the fear it instills especially in the hundreds of thousands of innocent people who fall victim to crimes committed with firearms each year. Metal traveling at an average rate of 600-3000 feet per second is enough to get anyone shook up, but imagine a life without firearms. Are guns really necessary?

Would crime decrease or increase?

“Fire Arm related crime “According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 467,321 persons were victims of a crime committed with a firearm in 2011. In the same year, data collected by the FBI show that firearms were used in 68 percent of murders, 41 percent of robbery offenses and 21 percent of aggravated assaults nationwide.

Most homicides in the United States are committed with firearms, especially handguns.

Homicides committed with firearms peaked in 1993 at 17,075, after which the figure steadily fell, reaching a low of 10,117 in 1999. Gun-related homicides increased slightly after that, to a high of 11,547 in 2006, before falling again to 10,869 in 2008.

Nonfatal Firearm-Related Crime Nonfatal firearm-related crime has fallen significantly in recent years, from almost 1.3 million incidents in 1994 to a low of 331,618 incidents in 2008. Since then it has risen; in 2011 there were 414,562 incidents.

As a percentage of all violent incidents (i.e., rape, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault), between 1993 and 2011, nonfatal gun crime has ranged from a high of 8 percent to a low of 5 percent. In 2011, firearm crimes comprised 8 percent of all violent crimes.”http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/

Does this mean there would be fewer homicides if there were no firearms?

No Firearms? What about law abiding citizens? Shouldn’t they be protected?

People have the right to protect themselves, their children, spouses, or others and there are instances when the use of a fire arm comes in handy. What would this mean for law abiding citizens?

What is best for society collectively? No firearms with lesser crime ( with some people still not feeling safe)? Firearms, but with crime as it is now (just so those who want firearms feel safer)? What are your thoughts on firearms?

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What are your thoughts on firearms?

 

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