by Josh Dodd
Much has been said since the recent shooting in Colorado, and I, for one, have been doing some research on the topic of gun control. I know many will advocate for stronger gun legislation in an attempt to disarm the citizens of America. This will be advocated by those on the left, and we must do all in our power to bring out the truth of the matter, informing others that greater gun ownership actually creates a safer society.
I am currently helping a former police chief in a campaign right now, and I asked him how he felt about the matter. He simply said, “I believe in the second Amendment, for an armed and responsible citizenry makes our streets safer.” I totally agree, and it is the right of the people to keep and bear arms that creates a safer society. I know that I would feel safer if everyone was carrying firearms, for in any incident, such as the one in Colorado, mass slaughter would have been prevented had more been carrying guns. Many lives might have been saved at Virginia Tech had we listened to Students for Concealed Carry on Campus and allowed students to carry guns on college campuses. It is evident, based on incidents like Virginia Tech and others, that gun control has led to the death of many individuals.
Lieutenant Lowell Duckett, President of the Black Police Caucus, Special Assistant to the Washington, D.C. Police Chief, has gone on the record saying, “Gun control has not worked in D.C. The only people who have guns are criminals. We have the strictest gun laws in the nation and one of the highest murder rates. It’s quicker to pull your Smith and Wesson than to dial 911 if you’re being robbed.”
There is a great deal of truth to that statement. A study of every county in the United States conducted by the University of Chicago from 1977 to 1992 shows that states that enacted concealed carry laws, giving citizens more freedom to carry concealed firearms, reduced their rate of murder by 8.5%, rape by 5%, aggravated assault by 7% and robbery by 3%. In the 1990s the number of guns increased by 40 million, and the murder rate decreased by 40%, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and the FBI statistics. As the honorable John Adams once said, “Facts are stubborn things.”
I would also be remiss if I failed to mention one of the fundamental reasons to promote the ownership of firearms. It is here that I turn to one of my favorite Founders, Thomas Jefferson, as he said, “When the people fear their government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” It is here that he states the primary reason to own firearms. Self-defense itself is a tertiary reason to me. I think, first and foremost, that the right to keep and bear arms is to prevent a tyrannical government, secondly for national security, and lastly for self-defense. It is of the utmost importance that we never restrict these rights, and allow the freedom in this area that the Founders desired.
On a more personal note, I work at a local bank. I have recently spoken with my coworkers about the issue, and a good number agree that if we were allowed to carry guns that we would be much safer. Now, robberies rarely happen, and I pray that one never does on my watch, but if we were allowed to carry pistols (I know for a fact several of us would), the guns would act as a deterrent and would prevent many robberies before they even occured. Even so, if we were to get robbed, and a robber was holding a teller at gunpoint, and another teller, personal banker, sales officer, or branch manager swiftly armed themselves and practiced judicial marksmanship, lives would be saved and a criminal would be justly punished.
So what is the solution to crime? Not to punish society for the actions of a few, but to punish those that commit crimes justly and quickly. I support the death penalty, especially in the light of the recent events in Colorado, and I think we would do well to show our respect for human life by punishing James Holmes and giving him the penalty of death that he deserves.
These are some very sad times in America, and I mourn with those families that have lost relatives, and those that have been wounded. Let this be a lesson to all of us to proudly carry our firearms, and do so for protection for ourselves and our fellow man. Finally, let us remember the words of Jesus Christ, as he said in Luke 22:36, “…he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”