The next step is to ask what is the impact on public health and public safety when guns are easier to carry. In a situation where you have a fight, do they contribute to the escalation and make it more lethal?
The number of US adults carrying a loaded handgun every day doubled to an estimated 6 million in just 4 years
[That is the question if you believe all lives are equally important. That is, Ted Bundy, Jeffery Dahmer, Adam Lanza, and others of their ilk have lives just as important as their victims.
A more relevant question is, “Where does government get the moral, legal, and philosophical authority to restrict people from using the best tools available to defend themselves?”
Or if you want to strictly practical, “Can you demonstrate one time or place, throughout all history, where the average person was made safer by restricting access to handheld weapons?” The answer is, of course, no.—Joe]