I believe it to be a very important right for people to be able to defend themselves in their homes, their cars, and their businesses. This year we extended that to "curtilage" as well, which refers to the area around your home. I have always supported the use of deadly force — if you, your loved ones, or your co-workers feel that your lives are threatened, you should be able to defend yourself.
The opposition often says that this puts us all in danger; some even believe that guns should be banned outright. But extensive proof exists confirming the exact opposite.
The facts show that in countries where gun control laws increase, so too do the crimes that those laws attempt to prevent. For example, according to the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, in Luxemburg, where handguns are totally banned, the murder rate is nine times higher than in Germany, which has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in Europe. Although Russia has one of the lowest rates of gun ownership in the world, between 1998 and 2004 Russian murder rates were quadruple American rates.
Bottom line: criminals can and will get weapons regardless of whether or not they are legal —after all, they are criminals. And law-abiding armed citizens do not go on shooting sprees. They use their weapons legally, and to defend themselves. Allowing citizens to carry guns and use them if necessary actually reduces crime rates.