To say it correctly, the person I fear the least is the one with a gun, that is unlikely the one who would break into my home. Nearly all gun owners in the United States are very hard working people, family people and ones that justifiably have met all the requirements of gun registration and ownership in the United States. These are fine upstanding citizens, not the mental case, criminals that you seem to think our gunowners in the United States are. If you took all responsible gun owners out of the equation, we still have a serious issue with guns - the problem is, you do not see the difference between the two, you instead combine the two and assume both are the problem.
I am neither a mental case, nor a criminal and I own guns. And I am proud American, one who earns everything I have supporting the Armed Force of our Country, as I have for over 25 years. And as with most Americans, I neither take nor ask anything from anyone else.
I don't go out of my way to be a leech on society, and then still robbed from it. The trash you're speaking of is not the average American citizen, they are the scum of society, and part of the 2 million people locked behind bars for being the scum of America, the only difference is these people either haven't been caught yet, or they are repeat offenders. I think you need to understand that better. You see no difference in the fact that we have 1500% larger a population than you, and you fail to adjust your number accordingly. Maybe we didn't start a penal society, but a percentage of our population works hard at turning it into one.
But, even a thug knows that breaking and entering with a gun is a felony, they may smash into your home but the chances of them having a gun is slim unless you have an absolute outlaw on your hand and that person needs to be dealt with severely, and if they've put their self in a position where the homeowner has to deal with them, then so be it. That person, if caught is committing a felony and will go away for at least a decade anyway, but only if caught - would you rather a thief (or worse) leave your home without prosecution? And how exactly is that going to happen unless the homeowner either holds the intruder until the police comes (Liberals call that kidnapping), wound them so that they hopefully show up at a hospital or put them down if the threat is justifiable. That means he's not going to go anywhere beside the morgue or to prison in all the above examples. A home owner can either be a victim or a victor, you won't be both if your home is invaded. And just like the police, it is the home owner's job to be alive and safe at the end of a intrusion.
We can argue about if the DEATH PENALTY is ever warranted, well I'll tell you that if someone is holding a knife to your loved one's throat it is! If someone is coming at me with a weapon, he has chosen his fate, not me!
Somehow I think you have America and Somalia mixed up. I wonder where all these people walking the streets with guns shooting each other are, sounds like the Old-West and yes, sadly sounds like some of the inner cities of our nation, but either this is bad guys shooting bad guys as in gang activity) or unfortunate innocent people caught in the wrong place and they are victimized. These are the same inner cities where we dump billions of dollars into, and get nothing but drugs and destruction back from, decade after decade.
I'm one of those folks (we're called tax payers) who believe that sometimes a wrecking ball, a front end loader and a dump truck does a better job of cleaning up the city then does any police force or any social program including Obama's affordable healthcare.
The ones I fear coming in my home, are the druggies down the street that I don't know, the people who drive into my neighborhood for a quick "stop and go" to pick up whatever drug it is they pick up. The same people that have pulled in front of my home and got out, thinking it's the drug House a block away and have literally walked up my driveway. It's this human trash which the cops do nothing to shut down that cause me to defend my home. Neighborhoods across our country have houses where drugs are sold out of and Law-enforcement has no money to watch and bust them all - so a normal, productive family lives in a neighborhood and a neighboring home goes for foreclosure and a dope house moves in. Next thing you know, cars all hours of the night pull up like a fast food window and THE INNOCENT people have to keep their kids in their home, they have to live in fear because the police are understaffed and under-funded. Their lives are turned upside down and they are the victims.
You don't see the need for a parent doing whatever is needed to protect their home. Drugs don't discriminate and you never know what brain altering chemical is pulsing through the bodies of the zombies stumbling out of their cars for a fix and worse yet, they may have no fear to steal from you to buy their fix. Well, in America we have Rights, I believe you had them and let them be stripped away with little resistance, and even more puzzling - compliance.
Truth be told, the US has no money, nor do they want to gets rid of the depressed (not oppressed) people, and social misfits - just dump them on the street, just keep giving them drugs, don't make them work, don't put them in jail, just let them come to my neighborhood, where hundreds and hundreds of hard-working families do the right thing every day their entire lives and let drug-induced zombies take what they want, and let the Liberal buses pick them up and drive them to the polls every election day whether they're citizens or not.
But then one night someone comes in someone's door smashing it with their foot, breaking in a house looking to steal anything they can for drugs or money - because 1) they know no other way to support their habits because they're so screwed up and UN-hireable and 2) it's easy to take from those who actually earned things, why not, no one should have excess, everybody should be equal in America, just ask any liberal, I should work "20 hours" out of every 40 hours a week for others who do absolutely nothing to feed their own families or to support their own drug habits - I guess feeding a heroin addicts habit is everyone's job: just leave you HDTV and an envelope with a few hundred bucks on your doorstep and maybe they'll leave your home alone - yeah, I'm sure that will work just fine. That's the liberal American way, we support everybody even if the make no effort to support themselves.
Generations of families go by, who have never earned a penny - not a penny on their own, and have always lived off of the taxpayer, they still feed from us, they are social vampires that milk this country dry. They steal from the hands that feed them, they shoot dope while their kids starve and if they break into our homes, I guess we're supposed to pack them a lunch and a parting gift of their choice? Yes, I do think your "overly-simplistic and stereotypical" views on America is "IDIOTIC" I stand by that opinion, because you don't have a clue.
You may live in the country and never see this, you may live in the city and never see this, but you could live in either and see it every day, around every corner. People who could break in to your homes, they will rape and torture your family, then kill them, and grab a DVD player on the way out the door and sell your stuff at a yard sale with no regret, no feeling and no remorse. They are societies zombies.
My wife and I own two homes. The home we lived in before we moved to where we are now was broken in and all the copper wiring and all the copper pipe was stolen from the home. Nothing else was stolen, and very few things were trashed as they got to the pipe and the baseboard heating, which was all stolen - copper is selling for a fortune. This wasn't your crack addict, this is your unemployed or destitute plumber, electrician or some other member of society that has hit an all-time low they never thought they would. They are the working poor (which is a massive number of people in our country - I would say they greatly surpass Australia's population) they have sunk to depths they never saw coming while trying to feed their family.
The same kind of crimes of stealing copper is found in brand-new home design and homes that appear to be un-lived in throughout this country, a whole new sector of criminals that are struggling under this administration. Yes (I say sarcastically) our society is doing wonderful, glad you asked.
The majority of our states allow some sort of weapons carry, either conceal or open gun carry. In these states you do not see the crime you see elsewhere statistically: no one is going to shoot and kill a group of people if they know half of those people are carrying weapons themselves. In history, the greatest weapons are ALWAYS the ones you never have to use.
You seem to follow my story so well, I need not tell you I'm in NJ, a state where (similar to you) we are told in school and beyond that only cops and bad guys have guns. We'll, that isn't even a half truth. Much of our country knows about our Right to Bear Arms, the Right to Preserve Life and Property. There is still that Jersey boy in me (and a state law that enforces the idea) that Property is NOT something that a life can be taken over - but using a gun in defense of self and others is the law. No one has the right to take your life if you have done nothing to provoke such an extreme threat, but if you choose to threaten someone's life, you should EXPECT to sacrifice your life for your own recklessness.