Last month, two criminals tried to rob an internet café. Luckily for the patrons – and unluckily for the criminals – a citizen was armed and properly trained to use his weapon. He fired at the criminals, and they quickly left the store before any innocent people were hurt. He is being hailed as a hero for his quick action.
Our second amendment rights state that as American citizens, we have the right to bear arms. When used properly, this can be a lifesaving decision. Studies by the government show that a criminal runs away from a citizen displaying a firearm an estimated 500,000 times per year. On the other end of the spectrum, about 9,500 homicides are committed using firearms each year. This means that 51 crimes are prevented by the presence of a firearm for each firearm murder that occurs.
While some politicians may believe that guns should be banned, there is clearly evidence to support looser gun laws. The key in preventing misuse of a weapon lies in controlling who has access to them and having proper training with each weapon.
Moreover, if a person is set on committing a murder, nothing is going to stop them. They can commit murder with or without a gun. The real solution lies with proper punishment. The current recommended sentence for murder runs anywhere from 10-25 years, with the average sentence being 16.6 years. To truly control the number of homicides, government should consider properly punishing perpetrators.
If you choose to own a weapon, become properly trained in using it and be prepared to defend yourself and your family should you need to.