According to FBI statistics 2000 crimes are prevented daily by private gun ownership. Look at the states where it is tough/illegal to carry a gun and you will find higher crime rates than in those states with concealed weapons permitted. You have to look no further than NY and IL for examples. People talk about the "Wild West" when in reality the wild west was much tamer than most would believe when everyone carried a gun. How often do you hear about soldiers in a combat zone shooting another as a result of a disagreement? Almost nonexistent.