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Do Guns Provide Protection from Random Violence.

March 12, 2012

The debate over gun control usually is not one of those issues I spend much time worrying about. However I recently came across some information that prompted me to turn it over a bit in my mind.

In 2007, there were nearly 89 guns for every 100 Americans. The highest rate of gun ownership in the E.U. was in Finland where they had 32 per 100 residents. But the homicide rate in the U.S. is 5.2 per 100,000, while the comparable number in Britain is 1.5, 1.3 in France, and 0.8 in Germany. According to the latest statistics available, there are between 9,000 and 10,000 murders per year using firearms in the U.S. In Germany, the E.U. country with the next highest figures, it’s 200 to 300.

But we are much safer here from those that have guns since we also have guns to defend ourselves with. I bet those 200 or 300 did not have guns to defend themselves with. Did you know that military studies have shown that neither guns, knives or martial arts training is of any use in a surprise assault even if the initial assault fails? A gun however is very useful if your attacker announces himself first and then gives you about 10 minutes to get ready. Even so, in that case, the attacker probably has a machine gun or a cannon hidden somewhere. On the other hand, he could just be incredibly stupid, in which case, in order to protect the gene pool, he deserves to die.


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