There’s an article on foxnews.com here that says that there are 9 guns for every 10 Americans. This means there’s not enough guns out there (grin).
Seriously, though – one interesting factoid in this article is that it states “The figures dispel the idea that gun ownership and high levels of violence necessarily go hand in hand”… and “There’s no clear relationship between more guns and higher levels of violence.”
I already knew this from other sources, but it’s nice how these studies keep rolling in. Now, if we could only get the anti-gunners to look at the actual facts! An excellent source of more confirmed information is Gun Facts.
The ability of the general public to effectively defend themselves, on the spot in real time, is the greatest deterrent to violent crime. Taking this ability away from the law-abiding public (by passing anti-gun laws which only affect law-abiding citizens) consistently results in a general rise in violent crime.
Addendum: I do not support the idea that everybody should have a gun. However, I do believe that they should be available to all mentally healthy, law abiding citizens for home self-defense or hunting – and it should be legal to carry open or concealed when suitably trained and licensed. I do think training similar to current CHL program should be required to carry in public, primarily so that the person involved has a good understanding of the law relating to lethal force.