If guns are ever oulawed in this country, then only the outlaws (and government) will have guns. Who knows how many crimes have been prevented because the intended victim was legally carrying a concealed hand gun? We only hear about the successful crimes. Who knows how many victims might have been saved at Columbine High School, and at the Luby's Restaurant massacre in TX , had a trained upstanding-citizen been carrying a concealed hand gun at the time? In a democracy, it's an armed citizenry that discourages tyranny by government and criminals.