Posted by Tonytitan on March 08, 2005 at 19:34:01:
In Reply to: Re: American Law Enforcement Officer posted by Steve on March 08, 2005 at 16:30:04:
There is a saying in America, "If guns are outlawed than only the outlaws will have guns." In other words, law-abiding citizens will obey the gun laws and the criminals will not. Street gangs, drug cartels, mafias and the like will not be denied access to weapons. England's gun crime rate shot thru the roof(no pun intended) when gun ownership was banned. So did Austrailia's. The cities with the highest levels of gun violence are the ones that have the strongest and most restrictive anti-gun laws, the worst being Washington D.C. Every state that has instituted Carry Concealed Permitt(CCP) programs has seen their crime rate drop dramatically. It stands to reason that when a robber sees a potential victim and the thought crosses his mind that the person may be better armed and trained than he is, it gives him pause.
It works out on a national level also. The USA will never be invaded by a foreign army. Any invader that makes it to these shores without being destroyed at sea by the US Navy will instantly face an 80 million man army because ex-military and every good 'ol boy will break out the arsenal buried under the basement and destroy any invader. A well-armed people is a free people.
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