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20th century gun controllers and protestors of the right-to-carry law are trying to infringe on our rights as free American citizens by requesting that guns be banned or restricted.

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Thomas Jefferson, author of The Declaration of independence, stated to William Stephens Smith in 1787: "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." 20th century gun controllers and protestors of the right-to-carry law are trying to infringe on our rights as free American citizens by requesting that guns be banned or restricted. Restrictions on firearms while protecting yourself on private property currently do not exist and honest Americans in numerous states are fighting for their right to protect themselves by carrying a concealed weapon in public. Americans use firearms to defend themselves from criminals about 760,000 times a year. This is the lowest figure among a group of 15 nationwide polls done by organizations including Gallup and the Los Angeles Times (Lott, John R Jr. More 11). Those who want to place gun restricting laws don't understand the reasons that it is our right to bear arms and protect ourselves. Legalizing concealed gun carry will increase accidental deaths by less than 1%, but will dramatically reduce rapes, aggravated assaults, and murder (Lott, John R Jr. More 43). We shouldn't have to fight for the right to protect ourselves. These people that want more restrictions make statements like, "If everyone has a gun there would have to be more gun related incidents", which is clearly not the case based on previous studies of counties that allow weapons to be carried. ...read more.


The constitution states the government has no authority over the firearms ownership of the people (Koopman 192). This statement is very clear and cannot be easily misinterpreted. If you restrict these rights in any way, shape, or form, you are clearly violating the constitution and I don't know how anyone could say differently. This is not only about guns, it is about freedom. The people who want to place banns or restrictions on guns do not realize that they will only be banning and restricting guns from honest citizens who obey all the current gun laws. The people who have guns that shouldn't are going to get them anyway, and when they do they're not going to register them or go tell the police, "make sure you guys know I have a gun in case I do anything I'm not supposed to". That would be completely stupid. Whether it is the black market or manufacturing homemade guns, they will find a way to get them. As of 1997 there are 200- 240 million guns in our nation, 75-80 million of them are handguns. There are about 60-65 million owners of guns nationwide. Of these gun owners 11% of them and 13% of handgun owners have used their firearms for protection from criminals (Lott, John R. Jr. More). It is way too late to start banning, restricting, licensing, or making new laws on guns. ...read more.


More 43) Using 1995 numbers, this amounts to: -1 more accidental death -316 less murders -939 less rapes -and 14,702 less aggravated assaults in these 10 states annually(Lott, John R. Jr. and Mustard). As you can clearly see passing laws such as these will help keep America a safer place and will guarantee our freedom. As of 1998, no permit holder has ever shot a police officer. This proves again that usually people who have right-to-carry have enough sense to carry. There have been several cases in which a permit holder has protected an officer's life (Lott, John R. Jr and Mustard). If reading the 2nd Amendment a few extra times or the real life statistics regarding crime rates dropping don't influence your decision to vote yes on right-to-carry laws you are probably just scared by guns altogether. If we only allow criminals to possess guns and have no defense we will be risking the well being of our families. I'm not saying that someone can store nuclear weapons or huge missiles at their home but sometimes you don't have time to wait for police and a semi automatic weapon or machine gun might save your life. As long as people teach children about gun safety at a young age and give the weapon some respect guns can greatly reduce our crime rates and help America to continue to be "land of the free". ...read more.

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