To refute that claim with actual evidence (and not just hypothetical scenarios), I will post examples in this thread of guns used for the legitimate and lawful purpose of self defense.
AR-15 used to stop attacker in Oswego
March 1, 2018, Oswego, Illinois
Dave Thomas was getting ready for work Monday afternoon when he heard women screaming in his apartment building in Oswego.
Thomas, a gun instructor, peeked out the door and saw blood in the hallway. He went to his bedroom, where a handgun and an AR-15 assault-style rifle were lying on the bed. He picked up the rifle.
. . . Police said Thomas confronted a man who was stabbing another man in the apartment complex on the 100 block of Harbor Drive.
The man with the knife ran off when Thomas threatened to shoot him.
“He was a half a breath away from getting his head blown off and he knew that," Thomas, 41, said. "That's why he put the knife down."
. . . A sheriff's spokesman, Detective Bryan Harl, credited Thomas with preventing the situation from getting worse, and said the investigation showed he'd done nothing criminal.
"He did in the moment what he thought was going to de-escalate this situation and stop any further violence or loss of life and for that he is to be praised," Harl said.
. . . Thomas believes if he'd grabbed the smaller gun, the threat would have been less effective and he would have ended up shooting the man.
"I think this is a perfect example of why... every single law-abiding citizen should have an AR-15," Thomas said, adding that they should have proper training.
Notice three things about this example.
- No shots were fired. The gun served its intended purpose without killing anyone. The police determined this was a legitimate and lawful use of a gun.
- The gun used was an AR-15, which appears to be a better choice than a handgun in this situation. The question is often asked, why does anyone "need" an AR-15. This incident shows one reason why. (More examples to come later in this thread showing more reasons why.)
- Although it's impossible to say for sure, there's a good probability that this use of a gun saved someone's life. Imagine that, a gun that saved a life instead of taking one.
Stay tuned. Given the number of examples I have readily available, this could become a rather lengthy thread designed to demonstrate unequivocally that, contrary to what some people claim, guns do indeed have a legitimate and lawful purpose apart from killing people.