Perhaps it is a cultural thing. It's a good thing we broke from you guys then. laugh Look, we need assault rifles to shoot government officials. That is what the second amendment is about. It has NOTHING to do with hunting. The right to bear arms is there to defend the right to free speech, and our other most cherished freedoms. We allow our citizens to be armed with assault rifles because, in the event of an armed revolt, the people need to be comparably armed with the military. This isn't wacky, right-wing militia gun nut talk, this is the purpose as stated by our founders.
I would be willing to contend that it wouldn't be counter productive, but that is another debate. I do however agree that less legal guns would make fewer overall guns in circulation. You're probably right. Fewer guns would be stolen and fewer would end up in the hands of criminals. That said, how much of a consolation is that when you're being mugged at knifepoint or an armed man is in your home at 2am threatening your family? And more to the spirit of the right to bear arms, what about when your civil rights are gone and you're under the thumb of the next Hitler or living pages straight out of 1984? For me, it's more a case of priorities. Live free or die? Or live safe as a slave? Besides, I'd rather a few hundred deaths every year that a few million deaths every 60 years.
Here in the U.S. the police are NOT obligated to protect individuals. I forget the case but I'll try to drum it up later. That also said, the police aren't always there. They tend to be pretty good at showing up with the white chalk after the scene though. We recently had a woman in Minnesota get raped over the course of 90 minutes as citizens ignored her screams for help. That's tough. And I certainly trust your valor to grab that bat and kick a little ass, but shouldn't we want to do everything in our power to stack the odds of victory in our favor? Just having a gun doesn't mean you'll win any altercation, but it does improve your odds over your fists or a bat.
As for this, I wholeheartedly agree. Always a pleasure my friend.