TheoryOfRelativity: "A gun is only a good means of self defense if you have it in your hand ready and loaded when an unarmed criminal presents themselves...........Thus unlikely........." If you live in a city, you might be victim of crime sufficiently often enough - specifically if you are a vulnerable woman or old person - to have many such opportunities. Similarly threatening circumstances can lead to one producing the gun from its place upon one's person into one's hand at basically a moment's notice, and even given little to no warning, one can grab a gun if one has trained to do so pretty easily, as well as fire off a few shoots if need be. From a shoulder or hip holster, it might take one second to have killed a man. Specifically when current guns make aiming moot at close ranges (due to the magazine size). "A man in the Uk was imprisoned for shooting dead two teenage thieves. These thieves had robbed his property no less than 50 times, this man was nolonger sane (and understandably so) thus the 51st time they came back, he shot them dead. The result, imprisonment for him. The law here does not protect those who seek to protect themselves or their property. I don't see guns helping anyone, it just means all our criminals would arm themselves and as they KNOW they are about to commit a crime they would always have the upper hand. " Laws are made to be changed. Do note tell me that Britons are not wont to change laws they find unfit? Was there no public outcry that such a man was sentenced to prison after being victimized so? Did no one say "those cunting wankers deserved it"? Similarly, is it better to be imprisoned or dead? All things being equal, it would seem to be btter off being alive and in prison than to be dead or have a love one die because one did not react.