We all have probably faced this argument before, defending our right to own a gun. I’ve been so blindsided by the question why I own guns by someone that is anti-gun, that I could only stammer, “It’s how I make my living.” To an anti-gunner this is in no way a valid reason to own a gun. Before getting into a discussion or argument with someone who does not believe anyone should own a gun, you should arm yourself with the facts. Being educated on a subject is always your best bet when arguing a point. Backing up your statements with facts from reliable sources is also a good way to bring your points home. The point is not to win the argument, but at least allow your opponent to chew on your facts for a while and maybe even reconsider their argument or at least see the validity of yours! A good resource is Guy Smith’s “Gun Facts.”
Further, the NRA is a good source to look at, as well. Remember, when arguing with an anti-gunner, they might discredit the NRA by saying, “their facts are skewed.” Unfortunately, it does not take long to find “facts” that back up either argument.
One great thing about Guy Smith’s book is that he states statistics that he gets from unbiased resources such as the FBI and law enforcement reports.
Here are a few arguments I found:
There is no reason a civilian should ever own an assault weapon.
AR-15s and AK-47s are not assault weapons. They are semi-automatic weapons that look like fully automatic rifles. Most of the guns are exactly like common hunting rifles, they operate the same way they just look different. They are not fully automatic weapons. Some of these guns even shoot very small-caliber ammunition.
.50 caliber sniper rifles should be for military use only.
.50 caliber rifles are quite expensive to buy, the cheapest being about $1,500! In addition, these rifles are really big and really heavy! In general, they are about 4 to 5 feet long and weigh 22 to 34 lbs. Who is going to be able to conceal that? Further, according to the NRA, there have only been two crimes committed with a .50 caliber rifle in the United States since 1992.
If we ban guns, there will be less crime.
According to FBI studies, the overall murder rate is 8% HIGHER in states that have very strict gun control laws than in states that have more relaxed laws! Reported in “Gun Facts,” the U.S. Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration Rape, Victimization says, “when a woman was armed with a gun or knife, only 3% of rape attacks are completed, compared to 32% when unarmed.”
If there is a gun in the home, you are more likely to kill a family member than a criminal.
In the study that made this statement, those crimes committed with a gun in the home, 86% of them were suicides—not murder.
Overwhelming amounts of children die by guns.
In this particular study, they included “children” as old as 24 and this statistic includes children dying from gunshots during criminal and gang activity.
If everyone were to own a gun, the United States would become like the Wild West.
The government reports that about half of Americans own a gun and that the number is probably low due to people’s reluctance to report ownership. Half of American owns a gun and we do not have lawlessness in the streets.
What are some of your arguments?