No, gun lovers, killing is not basic human right
living being. Those who believe that it can be used by for preventing violence are delirious. There will always be a bigger gun, a better shooter, a faster attacker.
Not to mention the statistical evidence. The gun-related deaths in Western countries correlate with gun ownership, which alone should be enough to put the “guns prevent crimes” argument to an end.
Civilians’ right for firearms is an atavism. To protect ourselves, we need not guns, but rule of law and law enforcement system.
Last but not least, gun fans like to say that possessing a firearm is a basic human right and is associated with freedom. Well, no. The right to kill isn’t a human right. Or if it is, why stopping at guns? Surely nuclear weapon possession should be allowed, too? And landmines? Great for burglar protection!
The point is — weapons of any kind can’t make anything safer. They can kill, and that they do. We should be decreasing their presence in our lives, not adding new ones.
Visitors look at handguns at an arms exhibition in Kyiv on Oct. 11, 2016. (Kostyantyn Chernichkin)