SamSquanch, on Mar 6 2009, 11:00 PM, said:
I still don't understand, i grew up in a town of 45,000 people, i now live in a town with 500. I have never thought to myself i wish i had gun to protect myself. Even when i go to Toronto or other big cities i never feel like i should have a gun. And per capita the US has more crime then Canada so do the guns really help that much?
Well, a lot depends on area and outlook on life, and general view of humanity.
Cynics, like me, see a world with a lot of wolves, or predators. We're sickened by the crime and filth around us, and have low regard for our fellow man, unless they demonstrate their worth to us. We verify, then learn about the subject, then trust.
Basically, we see a lot of people with their head in the clouds, going through life without a care in the world, narrowly missing the hidden dangers they're oblivious to. We read about the murder victims, the rape victims, the robbery victims, and we vow to ourselves to fight the scum as best as we can, if ever we are presented with that occurrence.
It doesn't make us the most cheerful of people. But we see it as a survival mechanism.
So in short, when you see a world with demons, you feel inclined to carry a big stick.
When you see a world with fluffy animals, you carry cracked corn.
That is a simplification, and it isn't meant to offend, just an ultra basic analogy.
As for murder rates, that is dependent on culture, demographics, urbanization, gang activity et cetera. But as gun crime as we have, in my opinion, we'd have a much higher crime rate than we already do if law abiding citizens didn't carry weapons. Plus, violent crime has been falling in the United States for a while now.