"A 1998 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that guns kept in the home for self-protection are 22 times more likely to kill someone known to the owner than to kill in self-defense."
"The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence reports that a gun is used for protection in fewer than two percent of home invasion crimes when someone is at home. "
"FBI statistics from 1996 recorded only 176 justifiable handgun homicides (i.e., committed in self-defense or by police) compared with a total of 9,390 handgun murders in the United States."
I know that there are a lot of police shoot outs (why? cuz the criminals have semi-automatic guns). However, I'm referring to public use. Wuld you care to give any examples where a civilian has gotten into a shoot-out with a criminal? We're not talking one or two shots here, I mean a shoot out as in using up 20 magazines. Because if someone who owned a machine gun DID get in a shoot out, he'd probably use up a lot of clips. All you need is one bullet to stop an intruder. If it takes you 5 clips to finally do damage, you probably shouldn't own a gun in the first place. As I said before, a rifle, or shotgun would do just fine. Anything else is overkill.