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2nd Amendment keeps America safe and secure

James Kellogg
James Kellogg
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Americans are rolling back gun restrictions. Voters spoke clearly in November by electing gun rights candidates to Congress and many statehouses across the country. Gun rights opponents continue to assert that we need new laws. A majority of Americans disagree, understanding that limits on the Second Amendment are a threat to liberty.

The Constitution of the United States established our government to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Government has the power to secure the rights of citizens, yet it’s limited to a republic that reflects the will of the people. Amendment Two of the Constitution clearly states, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Gun control advocates are aided by the media, which exploits terrible crimes like the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and the theater in Aurora. We are to believe that less freedom for law-abiding citizens will thwart the murderous acts of sick people. Thus our constitutional right has been increasingly limited by background checks, weapons bans, ammunition restrictions and gun-free zones.

Opposition to gun control is increasing. A recent survey by Pew Research Center found the majority of Americans believes the “more guns, less crime” hypothesis. The survey found that 57 percent of Americans believe gun ownership “protects people from becoming victims of crime.”

According to a recent poll by Gallup, 42 percent of Americans now have a gun in the home. Sixty percent of gun owners listed personal safety and protection as the reason for owning a gun. Support for gun ownership has grown by 11 percentage points among women.

Statistics show that a gun in the home is far more likely to prevent murder than it is to be used in an accidental shooting.

The Centers for Disease Control reports 58 accidental gun deaths in 2012 involving children younger than 15. More than 20 times as many children died due to accidental suffocation.

A survey last year by PoliceOne, an organization of about 450,000 active and retired police officers, found that 76 percent of its members believe legally armed citizens are very important to stopping crime. Over 91 percent support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not been convicted of a felony and not been deemed psychologically or medically incapable.

A study published in Applied Economics Letters last year indicated that states with more restrictive concealed carry laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10 percent higher. It’s no surprise that in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill several weeks ago to allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons in the state without training or a permit. Armed citizens are a deterrent to violent crime.

In response to school shootings, Texas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama have passed legislation since 2012 to make it legal for teachers to carry a gun. Armed teachers must have a handgun license, pass a psychological evaluation, and undergo firearms and emergency response training.

Meanwhile, gun control advocates use tragedies to push for more restrictions that have nothing to do with the tragedies. Mark Glaze, former executive director of Everytown for Gun Safety, conceded to the Wall Street Journal, “Is it a messaging problem when a mass shooting happens and nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting?”

“The gun lobby has been so insidious in this country in taking away the responsibilities that go along with gun rights,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Not every law stops every crime. But what we can do is put more laws in place to ensure things like background checks are happening.”

Average citizens have a different sentiment. “I think the majority of the American public sees through this and want the current laws enforced,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said on Fox News Sunday. “They don’t want more laws imposed on what is only going to be the law-abiding.”

A growing number of Americans know they are safest when their liberty to keep and bear arms is preserved and protected. Continued infringement on the Second Amendment can only lead to few “Blessings of Liberty” left for “ourselves and our posterity” and no means to “secure” them.

James D. Kellogg is a water resource engineer and the author of “Radical Action: A Colt Kelley Thriller.” Look for the novel on amazon.com and visit JamesDKellogg.com or email james@jamesdkellogg.com.


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