If guns were outlawed (as they were in
Here’s a clue: laws are broken by criminals; that’s why they’re criminals. They don’t care about the law. So what about the guy who does obey the law? He hands in his gun while the criminal buys one from the black market, just as they buy illegal drugs from the black market. What if these two people meet? The criminal points a gun at the innocent, law-abiding citizen, who now has no means of defending himself. What should the innocent man do? Ask his assailant to wait a minute while he takes out his phone, calls the cops, gives them a location and situation report, and waits for them to show up? Should he bring a knife to a gun fight?
It’s an unfortunate fact of our society that there is rarely a cop around when you need one – after all, by their very nature they can only respond to crime, rarely preventing it. Here in Philly, the average response time is almost 7 minutes. There are recent reports of Philly police taking 50 minutes to respond to a home burglary alarm. In this specific case, the intruders managed to steal a legally-owned and registered handgun, which is now untraceable in any crimes in which it is used.
Some may say that we need to do away with some personal freedoms for the sake of safety. Dwight D. Eisenhower once said: “If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.”
Given that police are not a reliable first line of defense, the only logical course of action would be to allow the people the right to defend themselves against any threats. As Dr. Robert Heinlein famously stated, “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”
There is also the fact that arms confiscation is a favorite tactic of tyrants to oppress their people. Even in medieval
The Founding Fathers knew that the only way for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government was a well-armed populace: “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The key part is “shall not be infringed.” Could it be any clearer?
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