"Projected federal-level implementation of universal background checks for firearm purchase could reduce national firearm mortality from 10·35 to 4·46 deaths per 100,000 people"
Here is a great write-up on the coloration between gun ownership and gun deaths.https://medium.com/handwaving-freakoutery/everybodys-lying-about-the-link-between-gun-ownership-and-homicide-1108ed400be5Here is another link which provides a lot of factual data about guns (I know not all of it is uncontested, but have found most to be accurate).
Sorry forgot to attach the second link:https://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp
Plenty of 'wags' here will argue that NOTHING is absolute - so inalienable rights don't exist. However - in the US - our founding documents established that the people have a right to arms to defend themselves...and government shall not infringe on it. So - to me - the Debate Statement is correct for the US. Other countries might have governments that are in authority over the sheeple in that country - and the subjects are not permitted by government the right to protect themselves - so they had a right that they SHOULD have had - stripped from them by a tyrannical government. (No government should remove from people certain basic rights - and the right to defense is crucial if I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.)Some of the biggest mass murderers - on a small scale - were not by guns - but things like an Ammonia Nitrate Fuel Oil bomb (Oklahoma City), or the 3,000 killed on 9/11/2001 - by terrorists armed with box-cutters who took over airplanes to use as cruise missiles. When you want 'mega-deaths' - it is governments that have DISARMED the people - and you end up with Hitler's 'final solution' to the Jewish problem, you end up with Stalin's Holodomor and the starving out of 7 million Ukrainian peasants who didn't want their farms collectivized. You end up with Pol Pot's Cambodia where 25% of the population was killed off. Rwanda - almost 1 million people killed off...with machetes.
@mvineyard We unfortunately got caught up with the right of self preservation that we didn't even really get a chance to discuss the reason of defense against a tyrannical government.
@mosheweissman Yeah...but ultimately - it is all about 'self-preservation' - from individual thugs, from mobs, and from corrupt governments. Self-preservation is an inherent right. Being disarmed is simply wrong.