I believe so. I remember one time while hiking with my sister in Northern California we came across a huge brown bear. It charged at us and it was evidently mad. We must have been near one of her cubs. Anyway, if I hadn't carried my little beretta jetfire with me (pictured below)... I would not be here today.
Just one shot to my sister's knee cap was all it took... the bear got her and I was able to escape by just walking at a brisk pace. One of the best pistols in my collection...
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What a story LOL!
I think it does more harm than good. It's not only about school shootings and kids killing other kids. I think it's the sole reason why US police officers are so brutal when they are confronted with non-white civilians who actually needed their help. There is this insane fear that they could bear arms and start shooting, because they are trained to think non-whites who catch their eyes are likely criminals, and criminals have guns and act irrationally. If guns were highly inaccessible and the only ones you can easily get are the big ones for hunting that can only shoot at a lower speed, police officers wouldn't be so crazy scared and rather hurt civilians than help them.1
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It's difficult to say what the overall effect to society is. For example in the UK they don't have many guns and the murder rate is about a third to a quarter of the USA. But looked at another way the murder rate in the USA among people of British ancestry is actually lower than that of Britian, So maybe the murder rate is a cultural thing? Maybe magnified by access to guns, i don't know.
I think a gun can save an individuals life certianly, just as under other circumstances it can be a cause of a death which would not otherwise have happened.
I think even if guns are overall the cause of more death than they prevent that would not per se be a reason to ban them. The whole point of a right is that you hold it despite it being a danger or inconvience to others. That's the difference between a right and a priveledge.0