If you like guns, be sure to vote. Remember, the USA is free because the government is afraid of its people. There are 200 million private guns for 250 million people in the USA. This is more guns than ALL THE WORLD'S ARMIES COMBINED. In 2009, Americans bought 14 million guns. This is more guns than the TOTAL ARMS COLLECTION OF THE WORLD'S 20 BIGGEST ARMIES. The US army only has roughly 1.5 million soldiers. A dictatorial country like China is not free because the people are afraid of the government. There are roughly 40 million private guns for 1 BILLION people. Almost all of these are owned by retired PLA, rich fat cats who can pay government bribes, and Communist party officials. The Chinese army has 2.5 million soldiers. That's only 4% guns per capita in China. The USA has 80% guns per capita. Except for children, most people I know in Southern rural areas carry guns. We keep guns in our pickup trucks, in our pockets, in our homes, and in our businesses. Violent crime is very low in small towns for just that reason. Like anywhere else, we have criminals here, too, but they only write hot checks. They won't even dream of robbing you. In Texas, the law allows you to shoot someone who is armed (or even unarmed because it is difficult to tell at night) robbing you at night. Anyone breaking into your home, car, or business is also legal to shoot. And to those liberals who say that only paranoid people need guns, hey, there's no crime in small towns, why do you need a gun? These liberals fail to make the connection that it is precisely that everyone in small town Texas are armed that there is no crime. To the guy who claims that Sweden is safer than America, if you'll take out the crime statistics of GUN BANNED states (such as California and New York) and large cities with gun ban ordinances (like Chicago), crime in the USA is actually lower than crime in Sweden. And no, not everyone in Somalia have an M16. Guns are expensive LUXURIES that most Somalians cannot afford. The average Somalian makes $60-120 a month. An AR15 (civilian version of the M16) costs $800-1200 USD. The average Somalian can only dream of owning an M16. As a result, a minority of gun toting thugs control the majority of good Somalians. America is the most armed country on earth, not Somalia. People in rural Texas leave their doors open and children play in the front yard without fear. Try leaving your front door open in a big city in California, Great Britain (like London) or New York!
Bleeding heart liberals will say, "oh, why are you shooting the poor crook? why, don't you value human life? why won't you just give up the money? it's not worth taking a life over. people who resist are more likely to get killed." First of all, good folks don't shoot crooks. Crooks shoot themselves because they know the risks of robbing before they took up their vocation. They valued their own lives less than the stuff they want to steal. To the contrary, I value life, the lives of me and my loved ones. As a single mother, I have 2 precious babies to protect and I don't need a man to protect me because I have my guns. If a crook says, "give me your money and I'll spare you life," he is PROMISING you that he won't rape and kill you and your kids after he's robbed you. Can you really trust the promise of a lying, murdering crook? I'd rather trust my ability to give him some lead poisoning. Even my kids can shoot. Under my direct supervision, I've taken my daughters hunting before. My 7 year old daughter has her own AR15 and can take out a running deer at 100 yards with iron sights. They're pretty good shots.
Quite frankly, those who argue that guns cause or prevent crime miss the boat. The fact is that the constitution guarantees you the basic human right of self-defense because you need a government afraid of it's people in order to guarantee against tyranny and genocide. Even an educated, civilized western country could degenerate into genocide if it's citizens are disarmed. Witness Hitler's Germany. I'd rather live in a free country with my freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and a bit of gun crime than live in fear of my government.
You might be surprised to find that the truth shall set you free....