As free American citizens we should all have an ‘unalienable’ right to defend ourselves to the best of our ability. If someone attacks you who is bigger, stronger, or better trained than you are trying to defend yourself will end badly for you. If your attacker is armed with a knife or a club or some other weapon, or if there are multiple attackers the ultimate result will be even worse for you. All the advocates of gun control, too many of whom want gun confiscation, ignore this basic truth. Guns are an equalizer. Guns can give a 105 pound woman a chance to stop a 250 pound would be rapist. It can give an 80 year old senior citizen a chance to prevent a mugging by a teenage gang member. Guns give all those who are physically weaker or smaller than their attacker at least a chance of successful self-defense.
Gun advocates who claim that guns are ‘only’ tools are right, but they are also being somewhat disingenuous. Let’s be honest. Guns are a ‘tool’ that is designed to kill. Of course guns can be used for recreational target shooting, or for hunting, but their primary use, what they are intended to do, is to kill. While the gun control crowd loves to point out all the times guns are used kill innocents, they ignore all the times guns are used to defend intended victims from attack. A 2012 Cato Institute White Paper, “Tough Targets,” concluded that, “The vast majority of gun owners are ethical and competent. That means tens of thousands of crimes are prevented each year by ordinary citizens with guns.” How many crimes are prevented is difficult to estimate. There just aren’t accurate statistics available. The estimates range from tens of thousands to a couple of million a year.
The exact number though shouldn’t matter. Everyone should have the absolute right to self-defense. This capability has already been reduced, sometimes to a near non-existence level, by social progressives in some states and cities where they have control. Why? Progressives will tell you that it is to protect you from nut cases with guns. The evidence doesn’t support this. For starters, nut cases can kill you all sorts of other ways from pressure cookers IEDs to autos driven into crowds. Limiting or taking away citizen’s ability to defend themselves doesn’t change this. It is just an excuse to advance social progressive ideology.
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