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Why citizens need to carry guns
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.
Do you own a gun?
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!
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
Metropolitan Area (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
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.