Self-Defense & Gun Rights

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The Issue and its Facts

The issue of gun control can literally be a life or death issue, so it carries a lot of emotion for those on all sides of the debate. The real question is: how can we make our communities safer?

Thinking Conventionally

Making guns illegal will prevent crime. The nightly news is filled with stories about shootings and murder. If we take away the guns, that would prevent those crimes.

Thinking Better

Proponents of gun rights believe we have a fundamental right to self-defense, and that responsible gun ownership, with proper training, can prevent crime.

They also point to the US Constitution, where the second amendment in the Bill of Rights protects Americans’ right to “keep and bear arms.” It’s a right that needs to be protected as strongly as any other.

Fortunately, crime data is well documented, and sheds light on what works. Time and time again, when handgun and other firearms bans are put in place, the homicide rate goes up. After Washington, DC passed a handgun ban in 1976, the murder rate went up 73%.

At the same time, states that have adopted a right-to-carry law, which allows citizens without a criminal record to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, crime rates go down.

Firearms are dangerous weapons, so it’s natural for people to feel nervous with the idea that they are in fact the best deterrent to violent crime.

There’s another issue that needs to be addressed to help lower crime rates — helping those with mental health issues and substance addictions. Most inmates have a mental disorder, and the vast majority has a substance abuse problem.

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Which America do you want for your children?

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