The firearms debate in the United States is sharply divided between the gun control position of the left and the gun rights position of conservatives. Liberals favor laws restricting private ownership and possession of guns, arguing that fewer guns will lead to less gun violence. Conservatives favor laws that promote private ownership and possession of guns, arguing that guns help people to defend themselves against criminals.
- "the only use for a gun is to kill people"
- "guns don't kill people; people do"