Ok now for the gun reply:
The Car argument I'm going to leave it seems to have been discussed and I'll only add that more people are killed by cars every year than by guns. (I'll address the exact numbers in a bit).
So by that logic, drugs should be legalized, right?
Are they working? Have they even made a dent in they availability of drugs on the street? To answer you question yes I am all for legalizing some drugs. Is it a perfect solution, No. But then this isn't a perfect world.
So what is the explanation for the vast differences in gun related deaths between our country and others with stricter laws?
Here are some numbers for you, every year in the US there are on average 32,000 gun deaths( from the Brady Campaign website, they are antigun). And half of those are suicides. So you have 15,000 deaths that are not a direct result on someone’s own actions. Now on the other hand studies show from the low end of 300,000 to Gary Klecks claim of 3.4 Million defensive gun
uses a year with the users saying that around 15.7% of those using a gun for defense believe that someone would have been killed or seriously injured had they not defended themselves. If we use the low end number of 300,000 Defensive uses and look at the studies results we see that 47,100 lives were believed to be saved and that’s with the lowest number of Defensive uses. If we look at just Klecks numbers we'd see 300,000+ saved every year.
So to top this off what you are saying is that its ok to kill those 47,100 people because we'd be saving those 15,000? Does that make sense to you?
As for the exact reason for the differences I would suggest you look at the number of suicides which was removed from my numbers and see if you start seeing a populationally proportional number of deaths.
Heres the thing if you take away my guns then every other right I have is now GRANTED
to me by the government. It can be taken away at their leisure. With a gun I can defend that right. This is exactly why every citizen should be able to own a fully automatic weapon. The idea of the second amendment was to ensure that the government never got the idea that the could take away the rights of the citizens.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Understand why its there and what it means and it all becomes clear. You say too many people die from guns. I say far more will die if our freedom is taken away.