|What you didn’t know about armed Americans|
Letter to the Editor:
I am writing in response to the Mary Friedel-Hunt column of Oct. 30 titled, “Did You Know?” The author states she is waiting for stricter gun laws and marches and written appeals to Washington.
This is the predictable response of anti-gun advocates who utilize tragedies for their agenda. It also reflects the Left’s dependency on government to solve social problems.Here are some hard facts. The weapons used at Columbine and Sandy Hook were acquired legally. The perpetrators were evil individuals serving some sort of deranged agenda. We’ll never be able to keep guns away from the criminal element who acquire them on the street the majority of the time. Only 2% reported acquiring them at gun shows (Forbes Foundation).
The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms division of the Department of Justice rarely prosecutes felons who willfully submit false gun applications. In 2012, only 77 of 71,010 were pursued (PolitiFact/Wisconsin.com). They apparently are devoting their time to more effective initiatives like “Fast and Furious.”
Law-abiding citizens would suffer the most from the draconian anti-gun proposals of the likes of George Soros, Michael Bloomberg and President Obama. They know it, and over the last decade, have taken matters into their own hands. According to FBI figures last December, a record 2.78 million back-
ground checks were conducted, surpassing November’s 2.1 million. For all of 2012, there were 19.6 million applications.
It seems the other half of our populace isn’t about to depend upon government, or local authorities, to protect their families and homes. Women alone increased gun purchases a whopping 83% (National Shooting Sports Foundation.)
This may shock liberals, but here’s some good news. Americans arming themselves has had a converse effect on gun crimes. U.S. gun-related homicides dropped 39% over the past 18 years, from 18,253 to 11,101 in 2011. During the same period, nonfatal firearm crimes decreased even more — a whopping 69% (Department of Justice.)
In 12 states surveyed, more than 500,00 right-to-carry permits have been issued this year. Nationwide, there are now 8 million carry permits.
Conversely, the FBI reports violent crime in 2011 dropped for the fifth consecutive year, down 19%. Can you guess where 15% of these crimes occurred? Illinois, New Jersey and New York — the states touting the “toughest” gun laws. Sobering, isn’t it?
Just read “Disarming Realities as Gun Sales Soar, Gun Crimes Plummet” at forbes.com. It seems criminals are thinking twice before attacking these supposed unarmed citizens.
It is plain to see stricter gun laws only aid criminals and put honest Americans at risk. I have prayed for the families of the victims of the recent tragedies, but I can’t help but ask myself, what if the teacher in Nevada had been trained and legally armed? By neutralizing the attacker, he might still be with us today and two students would have been protected.
As for me, I will do whatever is possible to protect myself, my family and my home by the rights guaranteed me in the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
|Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:54 AM|