Statistically I'm quite sure that's not true. I've seen the occasional sensationalist headline make that claim, but when people have analysed the figures it's been found to be journalists twisting figures to make a good story.Statistically speaking, people in the UK have MORE crime to worry about than people in the U.S. do.
If I were American I'd want to do that too, because your gun problem is out of control now. However, I'm not. I'm in the UK, where there's no gun threat to protect myself from, as there would be if it were so easy to get one.Well, they don't have to worry as much about being shot/killed, but Americans who are really concerned about that arm themselves.