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Right of self-defense must never be forfeited

Many people equate guns to violence, as seen in movies, television and the real world. Unfortunately, we could name numerous school shootings, military base shootings and movie theater shootings where shootings have taken place. Those were also “gun-free zones.” So an intelligent, rational, thinking person would assume if nobody had guns, we would live in a safer world.

Make no mistake. If you do not have the means to forcefully defend yourself or your loved ones, you will not have the means to stop someone from victimizing you. Criminals do not give advance warnings of who or where they plan to attack. If you ever found yourself in a situation where an attack was taking place, would you rather have or not have the opportunity to defend your life or the lives of your spouse and children?

In the real world, bad people have guns along with other means of committing violence. And in the real world, you need to be able to prevent harm coming at you with defensive force of your own. Whether you agree or not, I am speaking of the real world.

Politicians constantly ignore the crime statistics of their own agencies. Statistics prove that where good people are armed, crime rates are low. Chicago, Detroit and Washington, D.C., have the highest murder rates. Gun ownership for the average, honest person is almost impossible or is impossible in these cities.

Our political leaders are protected by armed guards. We must never lose our right to defend ourselves from criminals or a tyrannical government, because once it’s gone, we’ll never get it back.

Gary Ebert

Springville