Guns do not make a nation safer, say US doctors who have compared the rate of firearms-related deaths in countries where many people own guns with the death rate in countries where gun ownership is rare.
Their findings, published Wednesday in the prestigious American Journal of Medicine, debunk the historic belief among many people in the United States that guns make a country safer, they say. On the contrary, the US, with the most guns per head in the world, has the highest rate of deaths from firearms, while Japan, which has the lowest rate of gun ownership, has the least.
~ from High Gun Ownership Makes Countries Less Safe, US Study Finds by Sarah Boseley ~
I really don't have much to add except that this study conforms what should be obvious to any sentient individual. If guns made a nation more safe, as 2nd Amendment advocates like to argue, then the US should be one of the safest countries in the world! But we all know that this is not the case. Death by gun is high in the US...because Americans own, on average, one gun per person.
If there were fewer guns, then people could not so easily kill others. There would still be murders, robberies and mass killings, but not as many. A lot of the folks who impulsively pull a trigger would think twice if they had to do it with their bare hands, a knife or a crossbow.