Should firearms be available to civilians?
Meaning, should firearms of any kind be accessible to all people in a country?
- Firearms enable people to defend their home and family from murderers, kidnappers and other threats.
- Firearms enable civilians to defend themselves from their own government, if it ever turns into a police state.
- Non-violent resistance can be as effective as violent resistance, and less lethal.
- Household weapons are no real defense against an organized police state backed by the army.
- Guerrilla warfare has historically seen success in civil wars against large armies.
- Countries like Australia and Japan have seen their crime rates drop significantly after enacting such a law.
- In Australia, though crime involving a firearm dropped drastically, most crime did not. Murder and armed robbery rates in Australia increased slightly after its extensive buy-back program in 1997. Japan has never enacted comparable legislation.