True, but they wouldn't have needed to defend themselves, had the perps not had guns.
"Since the outset of the Chicago handgun ban(1982), the percentage of Chicago murders committed with handguns has averaged about 40% higher than it was before the law took effect.
In 2005, 96% of the firearm murder victims in Chicago were killed with handguns"
These were illegal handguns, The perps would of had them either way.
And then there are also many crimes which are commited without guns.
"Roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 or 67% were committed with firearms"
and how about the other 33% that were commited without guns.
"Based on survey data from the U.S. Department of Justice, roughly 5,340,000 violent crimes were committed in the United States during 2008. These include simple/aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, rapes, and murders. Of these, about 436,000 or 8%
were committed by offenders visibly armed with a gun"
Banning guns is not the solution. I believe de-regulation is.