by 14yo Anonymous Student, WhatReallyHappened:
In 1791, the founders of the United States wrote, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This is the Second Amendment, guaranteeing American citizens the right to self-protection and safety. Society is safer when people carry guns because it gives citizens the ability to protect themselves from threats like criminals, such as violent intruders and attackers, as well as violent shooters.
People should be able to carry firearms because your most fundamental right is your right to defend your life, and guns help secure that.
More than 200 years ago, our founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment, guaranteeing that, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Even the founding fathers understood that having the means to defend yourself was necessary as a part of a free society. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment specifically protects Americans’ right to own a handgun for protection. This means that any American citizen has the right to defend themselves. Wayne Lapierre, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) stated,”Self-defense is our birthright. Firearms secure that birthright.” Everyone has the right to defend themselves, and guns help protect that right.
For example, guns make women safer by allowing them to defend themselves from violent attackers. Armed with a gun, a woman can have advantage over any attacker. Armed women can protect themselves from attackers and fight back without a chance of getting hurt. The article, Testimony of Gayle S. Trotter, admitted that, “Over 90% of violent crimes occur without a firearm.” This is because attackers use their size and physical strength to prey on women who are at a severe disadvantage. Since most violent attackers don’t use guns, an armed woman has a great advantage over her assailant, making guns the great equalizer. Some people say that there are other ways women can defend themselves without using a gun. One example is mace, or pepper spray. However, a woman armed with mace would need the proximity of a hand-to-hand struggle, which would not be necessary if she had a firearm. Therefore, guns are a more reliable means of defense. To take a case in point, a woman from Dora, Alabama, who defended herself and her family against a 25-year-old intruder in her home with a firearm says, “There’s so much talk about banning guns and gun control, but they’re for protection. There was no way I could have fought him off.” Guns keep women safe by giving them a means to defend themselves.
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