There are around two million legally held firearms in England and Wales alone,one point three million are shotguns.It is estimated by UK police that there are about two million illegally held firearms.
It is the guns that do not exist that often end your life.
In most of our big cities we have no-go zones. Areas where you are in danger of violence. Getting robbed, beat up, or killed.
Guns are like germs...they are everywhere. Especially in Europe, after the two big Wars, I, II.
If no gun is available, a hammer will do the job. And every kitchen has a big knife.
If good, law abiding folks give up their guns, then only criminals have guns. A very trite saying that, if ignored, proves to be prescient.
As I understand it, that is a problem in Aussie Land [guns were rounded up, criminals keeping theirs] ??
Wishing it weren't so is naive. Wishing that people were civilized does not protect your life. The police come after an act of violence occurs.
Carrying a gun may not save your life. Not carrying a gun increases the odds of losing your life. Especially, if you travel through bad areas.