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Yeah because you are the fastest draw in the West and the manliest man.

Yep, you gotta be a fast draw and get the drop on the crook. Sure. That's why a CDC study says that the best way to defend yourself against a crime already in process is to use a gun.

The rest of us want to live in a society where a majority of criminals do not have guns as they don't in the rest of the developed world.

Some of us would prefer to live in a society where a majority of wannabe criminals decide some other career offers better prospects. Perhaps by being safer. Disarming the potential victims doesn't contribute to that.

What's with the fixation on gun crime? Are you less dead if a crook slits your throat rather than shooting you? Less maimed if he hits you in the knee with a baseball bat rather than a bullet? Losing less money and fewer credit cards if he steals your wallet than if he sees your gun and runs away from you to avoid getting shot at?

For that matter, are you less dead if the crook's possession of the firearm he shot you with is definitely a crime in and of itself (because that sort of firearm is strictly banned), than if it's only probably a crime (because, for example, he may be an ex-con)? Banning things people want to own so much that they are willing to break the law, has repeatedly been shown to be not particularly effective.

A burglar in your home is vastly less likely to injure you if you are somewhere else. In the US, about 13% of burglaries occur while the residents are home. In the UK, which has very strict gun laws, it's 45%. Netherlands, ditto, also 45%. Why is that? Could it be because in the US the burglar is afraid you might be able to effectively defend yourself and your home? A survey of felons in state prisons found that 57% of them are more concerned about armed victims than about the police.

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