In a landmark ruling the US Supreme Court has ruled that individual Americans have the right to own guns for personal use. It means a ban on handguns in Washington DC is unconstitutional. It’s the first time the court has considered the issue in almost 70 years.
Would you feel safer if you owned a gun? Do you believe it’s your right to have a gun and protect your home and family? After all it’s people, not guns that kill. Or if we lived in a world where everyone was armed would we see more death and destruction?
In March during arguments in this case, Justice Stephen Breyer cited statistics that between 80,000 and 100,000 people in the United States every year are killed or wounded in gun-related homicides or crimes, accidents or suicides.
Here are a few stats on guns, here are the rules governing other countries, here is one argument for the right to bear arms. Whereas US researcher Dr. Arthur Kellerman, says a household with a gun is 2.7 times more likely to experience a murder than a household without one, even while there was no significant increase in the risk of non-gun homicides.