ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ: Why I Want My Gun RightsPosted by Janell Maria Troutt on April 2, 2013
Of course the number one reason I support gun rights would be the 2nd Amendment. I am a hardcore Conservative patriotic American, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I love the Constitution. Some individuals have made some less than intelligent statements as to what the 2nd Amendment really means. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Pretty clear to me, but to those who doubt, the right to bear arms is NOT reliant on a person being in a militia. This Amendment gives TWO SEPARATE RIGHTS. The right to a well-regulated militia, and the right to bear arms. Our Founders escaped tyranny, and left this right so that we could protect ourselves against tyranny if the need ever arose. Also, I might add, ‘well-regulated’ does not mean government regulated. The Founders also wanted us to be able to defend ourselves against any type of harm. They did not make exceptions as to what guns we may own.
I’m from Southern Illinois, which is a more Conservative area, so I feel that I must use an example of failed gun-control in Chicago. Chicago practices extremely strict gun control laws, yet the murder rate had risen 35 percent from last year, as of June 2012. A June 15th article from “The Daily” states:
“While 144 Americans have died in Afghanistan in 2012, a whopping 228 Chicago residents have been killed, and the murder rate is up a staggering 35 percent from last year. That’s a rash of homicides quadruple the rate of New York City’s, and police and crime experts fear it may only get worse.”
While this is one example, so many more are available. Areas with concealed carry laws statistically have LOWER homicide/gun crime rates than areas with strict gun control.
The argument less guns = less murder is a fallacy. Certain individuals love to cite statistics showing lower gun crime in countries where less guns are present, while ignoring that country’s VIOLENT CRIME RATE or AGGRAVATED ASSAULT RATE. For example, just look up the statistics showing the increasing percentage of violence in England.
Another point I would like to make is the importance that responsibility plays. I have noticed a trend in placing blame on someone or something other than the criminal. I have also noticed reluctance by the left to point out that gun responsibility and training is a good idea. (Not holding my breath on that.) When someone says, “If criminal A did not have that firearm, then victim B would still be alive,” I immediately think, “Well, what if Victim B had a firearm?” Individuals who are well-trained in the use of firearms can actually save lives! This makes sense to me, but apparently Liberals still have not been able to understand this point.
One issue I want to also quickly address is the issue of banning ‘assault rifles.’ I plan to write a separate and more detailed post about this issue very soon. Liberals cannot give a concrete definition of what an ‘assault rifle’ is. People who say someone does not NEED a certain type of weapon, may want to take note that we have a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs. Another fact to take note of is that the term ‘assault rifle’ was actually coined by Hitler for propaganda. I do not support an ‘assault rifle’ ban.
Some final thoughts: 1. Throughout history, when nations have disarmed citizens, the result has never been a happy one. (Example: Germany under Hitler) 2. Violent crime is actually DOWN in the U.S. 3. Gun-control talk prevents us from getting to the heart of issues.
For those who still believe that banning guns is a great idea, I will leave you with this question;
WHEN DID CRIMINALS START OBEYING LAWS?
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