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> Criminals can be absolutely sure that citizens won't be able to protect themselves.

How about this: Criminals can expect not to be shot when they try to pull something, thus they don't have to shoot first. If the amount of criminals trying to pull something does not go up or down (which I expect but don't know) the whole criminaling might become less deadly.




> Criminals can expect not to be shot when they try to pull something, thus they don't have to shoot first.

This doesn't seem to match reality, at least in my country.




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