According to the NHTSA
on average in 2009, 92 people were killed on the roadways of the U.S. each day for
a total death toll of "33,808 for the year, the lowest number since 1950".
By contrast 96 people died per day due to firearms in 2007 (I could not find newer data.)
CDC Reports about deaths
is a rough break down from wiki answers who used the same data.
Homicide with a firearm: 12,129
Suicide with a firearm: 17,348
Death by accidental discharge of firearm: 721
And roughly 5,000 deaths from legal interventions(I.E. police shooting criminals)
So if you look at the raw numbers, you are three times as likely to die by car then by thug with a gun. As for owning a gun, I own a mossburg 12ga
pumpaction. I have aprox. 100 rounds of bird shot for recreational and target shooting, and 15 rounds of 00 buck for home defence. I know that most
likely no one will break into my home, but luck tends to favor the prepared.
I for one am a big fan of the Castle Law
which allows me to defend my house agains intruders.
Clearly if someone breaks into my house they have no good reason to be there. Friends and family have my phone number, and the police would make sure
that I knew who they were prior to breaking down my door. That being the case anyone else in my house will be assumed to be a rapist seeking carnal
knowledge with my children and wife and shall be dealt with accordingly.
As for the second amendment. As others have said at length, it is ment to allow the people to have means to defend themselves from the government.
However lets look at the actual wording of the amendment.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be
Well the militia in question is the National Guard, which is under the command of the state government, not the national government. Even in time of
war the president of the united states needs to ask the state to allow him to take gaurd units into federal service. Now of course it is much more
complicated then that, but you get the idea. Now the second part says that the people have the right to keep and bear arms. NOTE: This does not say
'Firearms' just 'Arms'. Arms in this context means weapon, and what exactly is a weapon? 1.any instrument or device for use in attack or defense
in combat, fighting, or war, as a sword, rifle, or cannon. So really, the Federal government can actually restrict all kinds of weapons, so long as
the people have access to something that could be used as a weapon...Just keep that in mind when you go off on one about how your rights are being
taken from you becasue you cannot own a MK 19 Grenade Launcher
in the middle of a