Why citizens need to carry guns

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The tragedy of Gabrielle Giffords

Now, if you've kept up with the news in the last couple of years you know that Texas Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot by a crazy, lunatic, gun-wielding psychopath that shot and killed several other people outside of a public event in Arizona in 2011. In all, 18 people were shot, 6 died, including a 9 year old girl. Gabrielle Giffords has suffered severe brain trauma and is still in the recovery process today.


Of course when you read stories like this one, you would start to wonder why we allow just anyone to have guns. But in all reality, we don't allow everyone to have guns. Do we need to revise our system of gun control? Absolutely. But do we lackadaisically sit by and just allow any Tom, Dick, or Harry to buy a gun? No.


Right now there are rules in place to try and register and track guns. When a person purchases a piece, they sign paperwork regarding the weapon itself, the serial number, and the owner's name. We all know that this system is a bit flawed therefore we do need to make some changes. But, I'm not a professional and I could not begin to give any suggestions on how to do that, outside of fingerprint triggers or literally GPS systems embedded on guns.



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Why should we allow guns on the streets?


I can give you one good reason as to why we need guns on the streets, in registered owners hands. Because these are the people that are going to keep our country safer. If we take away peoples rights to own guns or we raise the price of ammo so that nobody can afford it, we will all be victims. Why? Because the criminals that own guns legally or illegally now, will continue to own them whether it is legal or not. They will go to all lengths to get guns and ammo, even if that means robbing more stores and more homes to get them. But, if we arm ourselves and learn the proper safety methods we need to keep our families safe, we will do just that. If citizens are able to keep their guns, the criminals are never really sure who will have a gun so they're less likely to pull one on you in fear of getting shot themselves. If more of us retain these weapons and use them as directed, we could literally be saving our country!


What about the bad apples?

Of course there are psychopaths and criminals out there that possess guns illegally and our government needs to develop a better tracking method for these issues. Definitely. But as American citizens, let's stick up for ourselves and our neighbors and get armed! As I said, the more defense we have, the less we'll have to use it!


There are several hundred thousand-2.5 million lives saved a year by innocent gun-toting Americans. If we lose the right to own these guns, or they're too expensive to use, this number will skyrocket, maybe even double!

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What can I do to help?


Don't allow the government to make this decision for us. We do need gun control but not in the sense of taking protection from citizens. We need gun control to help America keep track of the guns that are manufactured and who's hands they are in. No, we cannot do anything about the guns already out in the streets except confiscate every single one the police find. We need to put more effort into finding all of the unlawfully owned guns out there. Maybe we need to allow some type of incentive programs for people who inform us of people who they know have/own/distribute illegal weapons.


The next step would be to stop manufacturing of any guns without some type of tracking device and/or fingerprint trigger that only allows the fingerprinted owner to shoot the gun, or maybe up to a few family members as well. Affix GPS devices to every single gun made, so we're able to track everyone with lesser trouble. Of course this isn't a free service, but we must weigh the advantages and disadvantages. We'd be saving money on crimes/murder/police work/jail fees and time.


So, please, do not vote against guns, educate yourself and get one. Let the criminals fear US for a change:)

Crimes and Crime Rates by Type and Geographic Community 2009

Per 100,000 People
1,318.4 Represents 1,318,400
United States
Metropolitan Area (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
Non-Metropolitan Cities
Violent Crime
 
1,318.4
1,777.8
61.2
Murder
 
15.2
13.4
1.0
Forcible Rape
 
88.1
72.4
7.4
Robbery
 
408.2
390.5
5.1
Aggravated Assault
 
806.8
701.5
47.6


Minneapolis and Minnesota Crime Rates compared to U.S.


As you can see with the table above, as a state we're doing pretty good compared to the average of the country. A couple of years ago we implemented the conceal and carry laws and require certain classes, lessons and certificates to conceal and carry the weapons. The state is predicting that 2013 violent crime rates will be lower that 2010 which was over 30% lower than the national average.


We certainly have our share of crime like any other state and large city, but we also work hard at keeping guns off the streets and keeping our citizens protected. I'm proud to be a Minnesotan. Do we need to work on getting more guns off of the streets? Of course we do. This is where the government and ATF need to work together on a solution. We've all observed the sinking economy, there is no money to spend on new programs. You have to remember though, any program we do implement at first will cost money. Over the years they will make us money by hindering crimes and criminal activity. Therefore we're paying less in our police stations, jails, and prisons let alone all of the small entities that must be needed to track criminals after they've committed crimes such as probation officers and social workers. There would be far fewer need for these programs therefore we would have more money to use to help stop crime in the long run. I just hope somebody comes up with an answer before we end up having our own civil war.



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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Thank you Kasman, good to see you again:) Yea, I just have a hard time understanding the government in this country as a whole, but with this issue, it baffles me further because we're supposed to be protecting the citizens and condemning the criminals but sometimes it seems quite the opposite. I appreciate you reading, commenting, and sharing. Glad you enjoyed:)


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Unlearner (I love that name btw)-Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Yes, I have been hearing that the UK does things very differently pertaining to guns. I haven't had time to do much research on it lately but I've wanted to. So, what type of crime rates do you have over there? Do you think your country could benefit from Conceal and carry laws?


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Oh, I totally agree with you and that's exactly how I am for the most part. Of course after all those years some of it still sticks with me but I've always been a people lover and give everyone a chance, sometimes way too many chances because I know we all make mistakes. I despise judgemental people because they're so close-minded. It just shows their lack of people skills and common sense.


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Miss Jamie D, great job on the telling. What gets me is the parts of the United States that have socialized policies in place, are going bankrupt and crime is off the charts. Places like Detroit, parts of California, Chicago.....the list goes on.....some of these places have the strictest gun laws on the books and of course when you disarm the citizens, crime is rampant. Not only this, but now stories are coming out of places like New York and California of citizens having their arms confiscated by the DOJ. Government runs rampant when the citizens are disarmed. Great job, voting up and sharing,


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The Unlearner 3 years ago from Isle of Wight UK

All dictators took guns from their people, and the crime rates and corruption is soaring. Here in the UK crime is very high, but I can't protect myself if someone pulls a gun on me. I am so glad that you have written this article, it is so important that people realise that the constitution and all that is so amazing about the USA could be destroyed. if people give in to this outright violation of the 2nd amendment.

I agree that tracking an individual, is still a massive infringement of their rights too. The right to bear arms should be protected.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

MissJamieD,

Well you’re better than reducing yourself because of some old, crusty, unhealthy relationship. Don’t doubt your words, don’t back down, have a little confidence. You have to convince yourself you’re worthy first and then everyone else will believe you. I like to think of myself as a relatively intelligent person but there are certainly people that take way above my head. That doesn’t mean we can’t hold up in a conversation with them and our opinions and voices are important; we are probably representing the more traditional common public. I still don’t see the need to be judgmental; nobody has that right to judge others, but it happens. I am a lover of people and I love people despite and because of their flaws and imperfections. Judgmental people are probably that way because of some deep-rooted insecurity so you have to learn to not let it really affect you. I know, it’s easier said than done.


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Yeah, I spent 15 years with an abusive, controlling husband who made me explain myself at every turn so I'm still working my way out of that:) And people that are more knowledgable than me always try to make me seem stupid by challenging me with questions I have no answers to, like this one..lol..so again, I love chatting with you and will be doing more of it. I enjoy speaking with open-minded people, doesn't happen much anymore. People are so judgemental and just want to thrust their opinions down your throat. Certainly I have my opinions but you're allowed to have yours as well. Some people will ask "Why do you feel that way?" Well, sometimes I just do...lol...apparently that's where my moral compass lies or I wouldn't be speaking about it..lol..you know what kind of people I'm talking about I'm sure. Especially if you've spent any time in the forums here...holy cow! Thanks again Cantu:) Hugs


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

MissJamieD,

Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ve told you not to apologize to me before. :-)

I love a healthy conversation that bounces from side to side, it’s enjoyable not offensive. Because you can’t tell tone through text, I worry that other people misread how I am coming across. So I just wanted to make sure that you didn’t think I was debating with you; just prompting more questions from you or anyone else. Another thing, you seem pretty knowledgeable to me and you’re definitely passionate so you’ve gotta stop saying; “I know I’m not this” and “I know I’m not that”; your voice is just as important as anyone else’s and if people don’t want to hear it they won’t listen.

I definitely think that the corrections system is flawed and I’ve wanted to do a hub on it for a while. Incarceration is supposed to rehabilitate but I don’t think there is much of that going on. We spend millions of dollars on corrections but are they being used adequately?


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Cantu-I apologize, I wasn't trying to seem argumentative either. I know alot of people want answers just because I have an opinion. I don't have all the answers, I just believe in what I believe in. And what I mean about prisoners doing work for government is not necessarily what I meant. I suck at politics too..lol..I just meant that they should be doing anything and everything they're skilled to do, for the good of the country no matter what it is. I'm sure there are a million jobs out there that they could do that would benefit us, that we pay for right now. There's a big money-saver. If I knew more about politics I could make some actual suggestions but I have no idea what goes on in the brain-dead government..lol..but you and I agree that they should be helping the population somehow. Behind the scenes, doing jobs that many people are under-paid for doing in the first place. Give those hard-working people the opportunities to do other things, more skilled jobs, or just having the prisoners do some of the work would save on the national budget. And your questions are not dumb at all, I just wish I had more answers:)


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

MissJamieD,

I hope you recognize that I am not testing you or being confrontational. I'm like a sponge asking child-like questions because these are things that I would like to know myself. Yes, I am all for actually putting my taxes to good use and actually attempt to curb criminal activity, but we almost seem to accept it. Also, I believe in cruel and unusual punishment. I think that child molesters should have a quarter of an inch slooowly removed every couple of days. For some people life in prison is easier than life on the streets. Why should that be? The goal of incarceration is supposed to be rehabilitiation but it rarely is ever the case. I would love to see prisoners having to work, I don't know that I would have them doing anything related to government agencies, but there are plenty of productive things they could be doing that would help the communities or save tax dollars.


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Cantu-like I said, I don't have all of the answers. I'm far from a professional in this field. I still believe that in the long run this will only save our country millions of dollars by combatting criminals, crimes, and weapons. It won't/can't happen overnight I realize that, but maybe we should be making the criminals put more effort into the country while they're imprisoned for these crimes. Have them doing work for government agencies and other companies that benefit the country, for free. Maybe, outside of the obvious reasons, if they have to work their asses off in prison, each and every one of them, for nothing, they'll try to stay out of there in the future:) Again, just my immature thoughts. I just want this country to be safe but also to be able to defend itself when need-be.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

MissJamieD,

I agree with you but how do we implement new procedures or policies or features without inconveniencing and costing legitimate gun-owners. All of these expenses incurred and hoops to jump through will only be experienced by the legal people. The illegal people won't feel the sting. Will this be supported by pro-gun rights supporters?


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

That's a good question. But I am going to add the Minnesota/Minneapolis violent crime rate information to this hub shortly. Thank you for the suggestion:) Thanks for reading, as always!


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

I agree with each and every one of you. Minnesota also requires classes and a license for a conceal and carry, of course these classes and lessons need to be implemented everywhere. And ADH-I definitely agree there needs to be more education all around concerning guns. To answer the rest of you, you're all right. But Nell I do have to say that once you're a serious, committed gun owner and you've taken the necessary courses as to how to defend yourself, you will ALWAYS think of your gun and you'll carry it where it's easily accessible. Of course there are always those incidents where you won't have time to react, but I certainly believe there will be less deaths and injuries if given the opporunity to defend yourself compared to not at all. Does that make sense? Obviously I'm not well-versed in this subject but I am very passionate about it. Especially growing up and raising my kids in the country. All three of my children, even my 4 year old, have learned to shoot a gun. My 14 and 15 year olds have both taken gun safety at age 12 and have been around guns their whole lives, and were taught to respect them with their lives. So, there definitely needs to be education for everyone even beyond gun safety.

Cantu-I understand where you're coming from too but people that don't deserve to have guns, already do. I hate to say it but that's where the crimes stem from, people that use guns criminally instead of for defense or hunting. So, the bottom line is we have to come up with a system that allows proper tracking and trying to keep up with the owners, keeping them from people who are mentally incapable of making the right decisions, and keep them in the hands of people who are educated and sane, for defense and hunting purposes.


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adh071185 3 years ago from Southern United States

@ NellRose

The answer to that madam is proper training and education. People who obtain conceal carry permits in my state at least are required to complete a very detailed and thorough training coarse to receive their permit.

It's also advisable for an individual to complete supplement training on their own time covering such techniques as handgun retention (grappling) and tactical maneuvers.

Many courses like this are taught at local gun ranges by retired or off duty police and military and the cost is quite reasonable. It is this sort of training that will help you react in a proper and timely manner when placed in a difficult situation.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Nell Rose,

I'm less worried about people having the nerve to use guns in an appropriate situation than I am worried about all of the people that have the nerve to use them in an inappropriate situation. You wonder if people would think to pull out their gun; I worry because people DON'T THINK and pull out their guns! (Bad people of course)

What it the homicide rate and violence like over there?


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi, I live in England so we don't have guns, but I have read about the gun laws etc. I do believe people should be able to protect themselves, but the only trouble is, whether you have a gun or not, if someone starts a shooting spree in front of you, the question is would you remember in your panic whether to use it or not? I wonder how many people manage to keep their heads and actually use them, its a good idea to have them, but I am not sure whether I would have the nerve or not panic enough to use it, great hub!


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

MissJamieD,

I never liked the idea of being "chipped" but who knows? Maybe law-abiding citizens have nothing to hide and having GPS capabilities on criminals and mentally ill might just prevent some bad and provide answers for others.


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Exactly, and there has to be something done about that. I have no idea what, I just know that we have to protect ourselves from these 90% criminally owned guns:) Thanks for reading!


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

MissJamieD,

I love the fight! I don't want to see law-abiding citizens stripped of their rights to own guns, but most of us know the problem isn't with law-abiding citizens. I think the problem is any feature that we could potentially implement on guns will come down to cost issues. Will law-abiding citizens that already purchase their guns legally have to foot the bill to pay way more for guns while criminals continue to steal them? Probably. Do I think something needs to be done? Absolutely. I just read a statistic today that in my state of NY, 90% of our gun crimes come from guns trafficked from outside of the state. Most of the "bad" associated with gun-violence is illegal in nature.


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Like I said, I'm not a professional by any means. I was just throwing ideas out there because obviously the systems in place are not fully functional either. The government already has way too much information on each of us, it's only a matter of time before humans themselves carry some type of computer chip for the government to follow and track. But for now, in reality, there needs to be some type of change. I'm not advocating my ideas i'm only advocating some type of new system. The professionals should be, and probably are, working hard on some ideas but nothing we know of as of yet. Just my opinions.


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adh071185 3 years ago from Southern United States

Very interesting hub with good insights.

Having all guns "low jacked" for lack of a better term is an interesting idea in theory but I'm not sold on it.

Who would have access to this system? I'm not sure that I necessarily want anyone to know what and how many guns I have.

If I am a legal gun owner with a clean criminal history I'm not even sure anyone has the right to have this information.

Does this fingerprint technology for handguns even exist? I've seen it in the movies but are their functional prototypes in operation today? How much would this add to the cost of a firearm?

Maybe instead of a GPS something along the lines of an RFID chip would be more practical such as is used on merchandise in stores.

These could carry all of a persons personal information and ensure that whoever takes a weapon into a particular building is a legal gun owner.

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