Does the anti-gun crowd ever make you wonder if they’re capable of rational thought? For example, have you ever heard them say, “nobody needs an AR-15,” or “nobody needs a gun in their home,” or “nobody needs to carry a gun in public?”
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We all know that James Madison didn’t a write a Bill of Needs; gun ownership is a right, and we don’t have to justify it. However, firearms often do fulfill a need, whether it’s in your home, in your car, at the grocery store, or on the street. Sometimes they make the difference between life and death.
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According to a study by Gary Kleck in conjunction with the CDC, there are approximately 2.5 million defensive gun uses in America annually. Forty-six percent of those are by women. This doesn’t necessarily mean good guys killing bad guys, as often just having a gun will deter an attacker. The reason is simple: criminals don’t like it when their victims shoot back.
The FBI reports that there are around one million violent crimes every year, which means armed victims stop more than twice as many attacks than are carried out. Examples of them doing so aren't hard to find.
What would the result be if more people weren't denied their right to carry a gun? Well, we know it wouldn't be more violence. Of the over a 1.3 million people in Texas who licensed to carry a firearm in 2018, only one was convicted of murder and another three were convicted of manslaughter. If they formed their own country, its per capita murder rate would be 0.29 per one hundred thousand residents. For comparison, the UK's murder rate was 1.2.
Rather, we would almost certainly see more stories like this:
Meanwhile, we would also see fewer tragedies like this:
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Not that this makes any difference to the gun-grabbers. They ignore the bloodshed that comes with stopping people from defending themselves. Rather, they demand more gun restrictions by pointing to the death toll in high crime areas--the very areas where laws are often the tightest.
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Violent crime isn't an argument for more gun-restrictions; it's an argument for more armed-preparedness and firearms training. Because while a gun is a right, it can also be a need. And it's a lot better to have firearm you don't need than to need one you don't have.
Dan Wos is a nationally recognized 2nd Amendment advocate who is the author of Good Gun Bad Guy and Good Gun Bad Guy 2. He also hosts a podcast called Good Gun Bad Guy Radio. Go behind the lies of the anti-gun radicals and find out what they hoped you would never know.