A recent post in the Iowa State Daily called for a complete ban of all guns. It claims that guns are not necessary in America today and the 2nd Amendment is outdated and has no relevance to modern America.
The intent of the Second Amendment was two-fold. 1) to have an armed and ready militia. Realize at the time that many of the battles won during the Revolutionary War were won by militia units made up of common people. In many instances, the British met resistance from farmers and merchants in many areas of the nation. Having over 300 million firearms in the hands of the American people is a deterrent to others who wish our nation harm, from forces without and forces within. 2) The Founding Fathers knew that the common household needed firearms for self-protection.
In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the draft for the Virginia Constitution. In that draft, he wrote:
“No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms (within his own lands or tenements).” [Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution (with his note added), 1776. Papers 1:353]
In 1808, Jefferson wrote a letter to Jacob J. Brown in which he wrote:
“I learn with great concern that [one] portion of our frontier so interesting, so important, and so exposed, should be so entirely unprovided with common fire-arms. I did not suppose any part of the United States so destitute of what is considered as among the first necessaries of a farm-house.” [Thomas Jefferson Letter to Jacob J. Brown, 1808. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Memorial Edition (ME), Lipscomb and Bergh, editors, 20 Vols., Washington, D.C., 1903-04, 11:432.]
The post in the Iowa State Daily went on to say:
“If the United States were to put in place stricter gun laws, there would be less murders, mass murders, school shootings, gun violence against police and city streets would be much, much safer…”
“In my complete and honest opinion, there is no need for guns so long as other guns or weapons aren’t present. Who needs or wants to bring a gun to school for any reason other than violence? Who needs to bring a gun everywhere they go? The purpose of having a gun is for protection, and in a world without guns, there would be no reason at its presence.”
“While people may argue that they want guns for protection, the bigger picture is that guns are used for violence against others. Sandy Hook, Pulse night club, Columbine, Virginia Tech, San Bernardino, Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood — the list goes on and on. Whether perpetrated by the mentally ill, terrorists or influenced by violent media, these shootings happened. These shootings took the lives of hundreds of innocent people. These shootings could have been prevented.”
It’s for those very reasons that American citizens not only should have the right to own a firearm but they need the right to carry it with them. Yes, these mass shootings are tragic and often used by anti-gun fanatics to argue for more gun control, but they fail to mention that there have been a number of such incidents that have been stopped before they happened or stopped short while they were happening by someone with a gun. You can read a partial list of some of these cases where a gun saved lives.
However, the Iowa State Daily used the argument about how many deaths were unintentional, number of people killed by a gun in the hands of a child, and then they state that 62% of gun deaths are suicides.
If someone is determined to commit suicide, they will find a way. If guns are not available, they’ll use other means including their cars, pills, drugs, knives and more.
What the author of the post didn’t say is how many instances of defensive used and home invasions compared to the accidental deaths by guns. According to Gun Violence Archive, in 2016, 672 children 11 years or under were killed or injured by gun violence. It doesn’t say how many of them were innocent victims of street gang violence. However, compare that to 1,887 incidents of gun violence due to self-defense. That’s nearly 3 uses for self-defense to every child injured or killed. Had those people who used guns for self-defense not had their gun, the number of gun injuries and deaths would be even higher due to homeowners not having a means to defend themselves or their loved ones.
So far in 2017, the same source cites 97 children killed or injured by guns, compared to 366 instances of self-defense. How many more kids, wives, sisters, daughters would be a statistic if they didn’t have their gun to protect themselves?
This is typical for anti-gun advocates who only tell part of the story to promote their anti-American agenda. They intentionally hide the truth and distort the facts. The author of the Iowa State Daily actually hurt her case.