ANSWERS: 51
  • If people operate and use them safe.
  • Only people who aren't at the receiving end, a bullet isn't exactly the safest thing to be hit by.
  • well thats all a matter of opinon. guns dont kill people death kills people. ask a doctor its a medical fact u cant die from a bullet.
  • No, if you have a gun you are far more likely to be shot. Sorry but in the western world are wrong.
  • No they don't
  • To some degree yes. They assist in helping one protect ones home. If someone knows you are a gun fanatic they will be less likely to rob you. But the unsuspecting random burglar would not know this and could potentially steop into a serious pile of doody. But being outside the home is a different scenario. You can be walking down the street and some whacko who is off of his/her meds decides he doesnt like the color of your shirt because he feels that it summons demons...bam...your dead. Nothing can save you from that. I figure, when your number is up...it's up...
  • In the right hands they do, but don't give me one.LOL
  • No. Firearms are inanimate objects that are not capable of doing anything unless they are operated by a living, thinking person who is prepared (mentally, physically, and emotionally) to use it. There is no such thing as being completely safe. The threats to a person's health and life are far to numerous to be completely warded off. Any weapon, from fists to firearms, can help decrease the likelyhood of a successful attack upon a person but the degree to which it suceeds is 100% dependent on the person with the weapon.
  • most of the time, people keep themselves safe, or put themselfs in unsafe situations. guns sometimes contribute to both their saftey and lack of saftey. every situation is different, but it isn't a gun's fault. it takes a person to load and fire it.
  • Properly trained people can and do use guns to keep themselves and others safe every day. It is only the untrained who pose a threat when in posession of a gun.
  • NO and then it's the bullet aimed at the right thing that makes a difference. A gun is just a tool, a dangerous one that can be used against you as well. But by itself a gun is useless
  • I think they do,they keep me safe.I'm sure we will have a few people that will say they are evil.
  • Guns are both. In the wrong hands it can be deadly. With the right person it could save lives. Would you feel good if you went up to a marine and said "you are evil, you are carrying a gun!!!" that wouldn't make sense, would it? It can be good or bad.
  • that depends...who has the gun??
  • No, they don't , yes they can be used for self defence but they don't keep ya any safer then a louisville slugger
  • If they did, the United States would be one of the safest countries in the world.
  • Sure do. Statistics prove it. Read John Lott's book, More Guns, Less Crime. Or read this link: http://www.gunowners.org/sk0802.htm Here's an excerpt of what you'll find there... A. Guns save more lives than they take; prevent more injuries than they inflict * Guns used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year -- or about 6,850 times a day.1 This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. 2* Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker. 3* As many as 200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse. 4* Even anti-gun Clinton researchers concede that guns are used 1.5 million times annually for self-defense. According to the Clinton Justice Department, there are as many as 1.5 million cases of self-defense every year. The National Institute of Justice published this figure in 1997 as part of "Guns in America" -- a study which was authored by noted anti-gun criminologists Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig. 5* Armed citizens kill more crooks than do the police. Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606). 6 And readers of Newsweek learned that "only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The 'error rate' for the police, however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high." 7* Handguns are the weapon of choice for self-defense. Citizens use handguns to protect themselves over 1.9 million times a year. 8 Many of these self-defense handguns could be labeled as "Saturday Night Specials."
  • Without a doubt. I can pull my pistol alot quicker than waiting for the cops to arrive.
  • Mostly from other people with guns.
  • Of course they do. That's why law enforcement and the military are issued them... to protect themselves, their communities, our country, and the citizens of other countries as well. Firearms are used to apprehend criminals that if otherwise free, might harm you or your family. Obviously those whom have never been in dangerous situations, don't appreciate them like others do. Also, a percentage of firearms are used by criminals to harm others, or used carelessly and cause accidental discharges that result in injuries. That being said, the percentage of safely used firearms still overwhelm the unsafe firearm uses by a longshot.
  • Yes. Only if they are used in the appropriate manner.
  • Lets see. Washington DC has the tuffest gun laws in the country, but the highest rate of gun violence. Australia inacted a law to remove guns from the private citizen, there violent crime rate went up over 80% in 2 years. gun laws keep guns from honist people and give the slags freedome to do as they want to who ever they want.
  • They sure can.I wish I would've had mine at the ready when that @#$#@! freak walked into my house.
  • yes look at the cities that have a gun ban. they have high crime rates because the only people with guns are criminals and people have no means to defend themselves
  • Yes, it's a double edged sword, they also kill people unnecessarily.
  • Hell YES
  • If'n anyone tried F'n around here, I'd guarantee my safety! ;-)
  • yes they do- unless they r in hands of a criminal or a jackass.
  • Not all people that's for sure. They do make some people feel safer and I'm sure if I heard somebody moving around in my house in the dead of night I'd be a lot safer if I had a gun, but, at the same time that peson would be a lot less safe. As long as the bad guys have them the good guys need them! As Blackberry said it's a double edged sword!
  • If you were to look at the objectives of the law one of those objectives is to "keep the peace". Deterr crime by having penalties for the violation. Law is suppose to provide, remedies other than retaliation by allowing the judicial system resolve disputes. Since these objectives are not achieving the intended results, having a firearm is the only recourse an average citizen has to maintain breathing in a "bad" situation. One could ask do the firearm strapped to a troopers waist keep him safe and why if it didn't does he need to carry it? I guess if its good enough for him, it's good enough for me? Logic would dictate he is carrying it for the same reason which is to keep breathing in a "bad" situation.
  • Fact: Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year, or 6,849 every day.Often the gun is never fired and no blood(including the criminal’s) is shed. “Targeting Guns”, Dr. Gary Kleck, Criminologist, Florida State University, 1997
  • I'm sure it keeps some people safe. They also kill a lot of people.
  • I've not been burglarized since I shot the last guy coming into my home ....
  • Not really, remember a gun could be used against u in no time if u are not quick enough.
  • if used correctly
  • If not implemented by a fool or a tyrant, yes.
  • Mine do.
  • As long as they are in the right hands.
  • Yes, but they also endanger people.
  • Guns help to keep me safe along with the knowledge of what they can do and how to use them. :-)
  • Only the people holding them - it isn't so safe at the receiving end.
  • If "guns keep people safe", then Iraq and Afghanistan are two of the "safest" countries on Earth....;-D... . . .
  • Crime Plunges in Pro-gun Town NewsMax.com Wires Wednesday, March 28, 2001 Here is a tale of two cities: one that banned handguns and one that required guns. Guess which town enjoyed a plunge in crime. In June 1981, Morton Grove, Ill., a northern suburb of Chicago, passed an ordinance banning handguns. In reaction, Kennesaw, Ga., a northern suburb of Atlanta, passed an ordinance requiring heads of households "to maintain a firearm" and ammunition "to provide for the civil defense" and "protect the general welfare of the City and its inhabitants." "Some people seem to think our residents are not armed," Morton Grove Police Chief George Incledon, told United Press International on Tuesday. The chief pointed out that the law did not prohibit ownership of shotguns or rifles, and that gun collectors were exempt. Many citizens prefer shotguns to handguns for home defense. Incledon did not define "gun collector." Morton Grove residents could store their handguns outside the village limits or at a licensed gun club. Moreover, Incledon recalled, out of a population of 25,000, only "a few people, maybe 10," surrendered handguns to police in the months after the law went into effect. Similarly, Kennesaw's law provides so many loopholes that, in effect, no one is compelled to obey it. Convicted felons are, of course, excluded. Also exempt are those "who suffer a physical disability [undefined] which would prohibit them from using such a firearm" and those who "conscientiously oppose firearms as a result of religious doctrine or belief [also undefined]." Inhabitants may claim exemptions for moral or financial reasons, said Detective Cpl. Craig Graydon, a Kennesaw Police Department spokesman, in a phone interview Tuesday. According to a National Rifle Association document, the law was not expected to increase gun ownership. "It was expected that publicity surrounding the ordinance would warn criminals that residents were capable of protecting themselves and their community and would do so with the government's blessing," the document said. The results? Not much of anything in Morton Grove. "We were fortunate to have a low rate of violent crime before the ordinance was passed, and we are fortunate now that the rate is still low," Incledon told UPI. But Kennesaw's crime rate plummeted. In fact, the number of some crimes declined amid soaring population growth. For example, in figures the city provided to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, Kennesaw had 54 burglaries in 1981 - the year before the gun ordinance - with a population of 5,242. In 1999, with a population of 19,000, only 36 burglaries were reported. The rate of violent crime is approximately four times lower than the state and national rates, Kennesaw's Crime Statistics Report said. "Violent crime is almost nonexistent in residential neighborhoods," Graydon told UPI. The detective, who has been with the police department since 1986, said the isolated exceptions take place in motels or in commercial areas. Graydon said he has lived in the area since 1979 and has heard no open opposition to the gun law. This remains the case even though most of Kennesaw's newcomers are from northern states. Asked whether the ordinance has attracted new people to Kennesaw, Graydon said: "Not specifically the law itself, but quite a few people cite the low crime rate, which a lot of people do attribute, at least in part, to the gun law." The detective said Kennesaw used state criteria for carrying a concealed handgun. "It's not that difficult" to get the license, he said. Unlike some other jurisdictions, Georgia does not require permit holders to submit the serial numbers of their handguns to the police. "We don't register firearms down here," Graydon said. On Tuesday afternoon, Handgun Control's Washington office was invited to comment on Kennesaw's crime statistics. A spokeswoman there replied that no one from the organization could address the issue until after a press conference. Copyright 2001 by United Press International. All rights reserved. Read more on this subject in related Hot Topics: Guns / Gun Control
  • Shooting in Butte , Montana Shotgun preteen vs. illegal alien Home Invaders: Butte, Montana November 5, 2007 Two illegal aliens, Raphael Resides, 23, and Enrico Garza, 26, probably believed they would easily overpower home-alone 11 year old Patricia Harrington after her father had left their two-story home. It seems the two crooks never learned two things: they were in Montana and Patricia had been a clay shooting champion since she was nine. Patricia was in her upstairs room when the two men broke through the front door of the house. She quickly ran to her father's room and grabbed his 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun. Resides was the first to get up to the second floor only to be the first to catch a near point blank blast of buckshot from the 11-year-old's knee crouch aim. He suffered fatal wounds to his abdomen and genitals. When Garza ran to the foot of the stairs, he took a blast to the left shoulder and staggered out into the street where he bled to death before medical help could arrive. It was found out later that Resides was armed with a stolen 45 caliber handgun he took from another home invasion robbery. That victim, 50-year-old David Burien, was not so lucky. He died from stab wounds to the chest. Ever wonder why good stuff never makes NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, or ABC news........an 11 year old girl, properly trained, defended her home, and herself......against two murderous, illegal immigrants.......and she wins----- she is still alive. Now THAT is Gun Control ! Thought for the day: Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant' is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist' "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."
  • Will America be next ???? A LITTLE GUN HISTORY In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated ------------------------------ Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ----------------------------- Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million. ------------------------------ It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in: List of 7 items: Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)! In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns! While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it. You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens. Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late! The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson. With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'. During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED! If you value your freedom, Please spread this anti-gun control message to all of your friends.
  • no never-i have no gun but feel safe.i think who have gun they are in danger.my views about indian society.and i think that it is true too.
  • Guns are used for one reason only, to be fired. Get a dog its much safer and at times much more effective.
  • If you want to feel really safe, just don't have a gun in your home. You might also consider putting a sign on your front lawn, Occupants in this house unarmed. That way, people intend on doing you harm will pass you by.
  • Long and short of it, An Armed Society is a polite Society.
  • Responsible gun ownership, education, and handling keep people safe. Guns are just a tool. In the right hands, they can keep a person safe; in the wrong hands, they just make people dead.
  • They do in my house

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