If a gun is not for shooting, killing, if you will, and sledgehammer can kill, too, then why don't you carry a sledgehammer? Or run into them with your killing car? Because they're not as good at killing. You carry a gun because, when you feel the need, it is far more efficient at killing.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
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I'm guessing you mean handgun by gun?
Actually a handgun isn't that efficient at killing.
You want a rifle for that.
What a handgun does well is conceal and work from a distance, which is more of an advantage for defense than killing.
Because of that distance, those less willing to use violence have a chance of dealing with the more violent people in our society.
It requires less skill than a bow or knife to be effective and strength has little effect on one's ability to use it.
Very small women and elderly people in wheelchairs have good reason to want adequate defense, and have a right to it.
Lack of strength or agility can limit one's use of improvisational weapons.
And, by the way, improvised weapons are taught for defense even in our military.
Use of such weapons in impoverished or repressed countries shows that guns are not necessary for violence.
I think gasoline is a favorite these days.
You may be surprised by how often charges are filed for deliberate homicide with vehicles in this country too.
The only guns that can compete with a vehicle for destruction are artillery.
How easy is it to weaponize something?
These examples are accidental, but the seeming banality is telling.
One burglar is jammed in a door,
The other breaks in through the floor, and is trapped by the springiness of the board.
Since I have trapped hands and feet this way, it's a bit chilling.
I have had to use a bar to free myself.
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/THE+FINAL ... 0110770367
A CAREER burglar famed for his skill at breaking into buildings died after getting jammed in a doorway.
Michael McNamara 37, was surrounded by the property he had stolen after ransacking a flat.
The speed with which he could get in and out of houses had earned him the nickname The Rabbit.
But on his final break-in he could not move at all, trapped for at least two hours in the gap of a partially-opened door.
Unknown to him a picture frame had jammed against the bottom part of the door and the wall on the other side.
As he forced his head and shoulders through a gap at the top half of the door, his body fell forward. He was trapped agonisingly in a vicelike grip between the half-open door and door frame.
This burglar got in, but could not overcome the tension on the floorboard.