like... full stop? When met with lethal force, ANYONE can respond in kind. police, normal people, doesn't really matter.
Yeah, that's not what I meant. People still get stabbed... murdered... raped... like, a lot, stabbings especially in Europe. I don't know about you, but I'd rather be shot then raped. Stabbings in the Europe are nearly as high as American shootings, and knives are way worse in situations of self defense. Just because there aren't any guns doesn't mean that some criminals won't stab or beat someone up. But instead of relying on a gun, something anyone can use with practice, wowmen, children and the elderly will be at a disadvantage, and left with even less of a chance. Guns are the greatest equalizer in situations like these.
Almost any situation where you would get shot, you'll get stabbed instead, crime still happens even if guns aren't in the picture.
Criminals are gonna have guns, especially organized crime. It's your job to protect yourself, and the best way of going about that is with a gun, there's not any other factors, even IF it makes people safer, some freedom cannot be sacrificed.