let me ask this - you will agree that there are criminals who have guns, correct? there are three possible ways that they are getting them (I am assuming that not that many make their own any more) they are either buying them legally, stealing them from legal owners, or buying them from people who have either stolen them or are selling them illigaly.
the fact is that there are a hell of a lot of guns in the hands of criminals, which, to me, seems to indicate that a great deal of people are not storing their guns in a responsible manner.
Not to be argumentative, but I am surprised at the figure you refer to in terms of number of times american gun owners use firearms to protect themselves. Can you provide a link that is not from a gun site?
Originally Posted by Mute
There are an estimated 40 million guns in the U.S. The number of people dying from accidental gun shootings number into at most, 5 figures annually. I'd say that proves your argument to be wrong regarding the responsibleness of gun owners. As you say, the number of American gun owners you know are small, yet you wish to make a sweeping generalization about all gunowners based on your small sample. I say you just need to hang around with a better class of people. Being someone who both owns firearms for protection and for sport, I daresay that the number of gunowners I know is quite large. Most are fairly level headed and responsible with their guns. There are a handful of cretins and plain idiots to be sure, but they are the minority.
As far as the cost benefits of guns, every year the estimated number of times that gunowners protect themselves with a firearm number into the six figures even from the most conservative estimates. Some reports suggest the numbers are in the seven figures. If that's not utility, I don't know what is.