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I don’t know if your statistics are true, and I don’t care. I have a right to life, which implies I have a right to defend that life, using whichever tools I find effective. Guns win. Hands down. If you would deny me the tools to defend my life, and the lives of my loved ones, you are denying our rights to life. How dare you.

Even if your statistics are true, how do you propose getting rid of the guns? Will there be a god class, the police, who are allowed to have guns, so they can enforce the no-guns law? And even if you made such a law, good luck enforcing it without causing a great civil war. The shot heard round the world was fired because the British tried to confiscate Americans’ guns.

Guns are not complicated technology. The 1911 semi-automatic pistol, which can be made full auto without much trouble, was invented in, you guessed it, 1911. There is a village in Pakistan where men and boys “make working copies of the entire world’s guns with nothing more than hand tools and a small drill press”. CNC mills make it possible to manufacture an AR-15 receiver from a block of aluminum, with no milling expertise whatsoever. They’re still fairly expensive, but will become cheaper, much cheaper.

Guns are also the great equalizer. A tiny handgun enables a 110-pound woman to effectively defend herself from a 250-pound brute. With very little training. God made men and women. Sam Colt made them equal.

There may indeed be people who become more violent in the presence of guns. Many who carry a pistol every day report that it makes them more peaceful, less likely to escalate a situation that might require them to shoot in self defense.