Fifteen Reasons You Should Own A Gun

Which side of the gun control debate would you choose to be on?

Fifteen Reasons You Should Own A Gun
By Dr. Marshall St John

Mouse Guns by Marshall St John
Mouse Guns by Marshall St John

Signal Mountain, TN – -( Your right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States of America. “Use it or lose it.”

2. George Washington said: “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence…”

3. Bearing arms is the Christian thing to do. Jesus said: “If you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one…” (Luke 22:36 NIV)

4. Enjoying guns is not a strange weird thing, as some anti-gun people insist. People have been hunting with long guns for centuries. Shooting is an internationally recognized Olympic sport.

5. People without guns are assaulted or murdered daily by criminals who have guns. Having a gun makes you better able to defend your family.

6. If gun ownership is made illegal, criminals won't turn in their guns. Gun control makes easy prey out of law-abiding citizens.

7. We are grateful for the police officers of our communities. However, the police can't come to help you until AFTER a crime has been committed. Having a gun may enable you to stay alive long enough to call for help from the police.

8. American courts regularly return violent criminals to the streets to do their crimes again.

9. Guns in the home are safe, when gun owners keep guns responsibly. More children die every year in swimming pool accidents than in gun accidents.

10. It is a fact that armed American men and women prevent two million crimes every year with their guns.

11. Self-defense is more honorable and better for society than being a victim. It is up to YOU to act responsibly for your own safety, and the safety of your family.

12. It is a fact that cities which impose strict gun control create the highest assault and murder rates in America.

13. It is a fact that most gun crimes in America involve gangsters shooting other gangsters. The average gun owner never uses his or her gun to commit a crime.

14. Most states issue permits to carry concealed handguns. Men and women who get permits take gun safety classes, and have extensive criminal background checks. These people make everyone a little safer, wherever they may be.

15. The “War on Terror” is likely to be a long war. People who own guns, and who are trained to use guns responsibly, are better able to serve their country than people who are ignorant about guns.

Eleven Excuses for NOT Owning A Gun

  1. I'm too busy to take the time to learn how to handle a gun safely.
  2. I believe that all guns are evil, even in the hands of the police and soldiers.
  3. I would rather let a criminal kill me or my family than try to stop him with a gun.
  4. I believe it was wrong for America's founding fathers to use guns to overthrow the rule of the British. We should have stayed a colony.
  5. I believe it was wrong for American soldiers to use guns to rescue innocent men and women from the Nazi death camps.
  6. I believe that I will never need a gun to defend myself or my family, because the police will be constantly watching over me to make sure that I will never be in danger.
  7. I trust our courts to keep violent criminals off the streets. It's not possible that I will ever be attacked by a criminal.
  8. If our government decides to make all gun owners register every gun they have, and then decides to confiscate all privately owned guns, I still don't think we have anything to worry about. I know other countries have become dictatorships, but that could never happen in America.
  9. I don't know much about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and I don't have any desire to learn more. I've heard that the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of Americans to keep and bear arms, but I really don't care.
  10. Quite a few criminals have used guns, therefore the government should take guns away from all the good people who don't commit crimes.
  11. I don't care if my children will grow up in a free America. Things are pretty good for ME right now, and that's all I care about.
The USA Wants You To Own A Gun!
The USA Wants You To Own A Gun!

Owning a gun for self-defense is like having fire insurance or health insurance. You don't really think your house will burn down, but it might. You don't really think you will have a catastrophic car accident, and huge hospital bills, but you might. You hope you will never need your insurance, but you have it just in case. The same goes for having a gun for self-defense. It is better to have it and not need it, than to need it, and not have it.

It is also important to own a gun simply to preserve your rights as an American citizen. With the advent of international Islamic extremist terrorism, we are living in a new world, different from any we have experienced before.

It is not difficult to imagine that the President, or Congress, in a well-meaning attempt to prevent another “9-11,” would take steps that would nullify the Bill of Rights almost overnight.

In the interests of “national safety,” many Americans would unthinkingly accept the curtailment of their civil liberties. This might mark the end of the free America we have known for over 200 years. It has happened in other countries. It would be naive and short-sighted to believe that “it could never happen here.”

We have also seen the disturbing sight of well-meaning public officials actually confiscating the firearms of law-abiding citizens in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, with gangs roaming the streets…exactly the time when the citizens need their self-defense weapons the most! These officials are well-meaning, but foolish, dangerous, and in violation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The only way to retain our Constitutional rights is to USE them. By owning guns, American men and women are taking concrete action in support of their rights and freedoms, and preserving those rights and freedoms for future generations.

It's just a small step, but it's very important. Don't you think you owe it to yourself, to your family, to your community and to America's future generations, to own a gun?

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  • 105 thoughts on “Fifteen Reasons You Should Own A Gun

    1. Dear Moms & Dads: If you can enter your child’s school after classes begin without being challenged so can a lead head with an AR-15.
      All of which poses THREE issues needing solutions as quickly as anything in America can be solved:
      1. Secure all elementary and high schools,
      2. Increase cooperation between local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies as regards identificaation and apprenhension of lead heads who should not have weapons,
      3. Answer the basic question “Why do private citizens need guns”?
      Dave Henrie – Medium

      1. Ok. The gun debate has picked up intelligence again. Even though im guessing im on the other side of the fence. Somewhat. Lets see. Your very correct. A lead head (mental incap) has been able to enter any classroom at any time since Columbine. At the same time, you can not board a plane without scrutiny because of boxcutters and muslim pilots who didnt train to land a plane, just fly it. So, keep in mind the comment about private citizens and guns. Your first two points i am in agreement. Secure the schools like the coward who had a gun and didnt go in, and the law who sold this mental fuck a gun. Now for the basic question, your third argument. I have several things to say. Ive had multiple AR’s in several calibers since the 90’s in a DOJ approved safe. Im 51. I havent killed anyone. Ive had at least 3 white cops point loaded handguns at me and one cop im assuming his wasnt chambered. Pointed, none the less. CAPS HERE FOR DATBOI IN CASE HES STILL LISTENING…DUMB FUCK. IM NOT PLANNING TO EVER SHOOT SCHOOL CHILDREN. ! … And you question why I have guns? Lock up and charge the FBI. They ignored this florida mental. Take away rights from the” Fast and Furious” who walk AR’s to Mexico and lose them. Leave us hard working nose to the grindstone citizens alone. If you force the schools to treat bullys with no tolerance, recognize and treat mental illness, stop the media from manufacturing copy cats through glorification, MAKE HOLLYWOOD GIVE UP THEIR GUNS, VIDEO GAMERS WRITE GUNLESS PROGRAMS, and get these up and coming urchins to put down their devises and be responsible so you wouldnt have to blame me for owning one… shame on you, NOT ME. Get a clue. If your lucky enough to ban the AR, I will still have them. So will criminals. These kids protesting the gun are pawns for politics. They see the ” gun”, they see the effect and they pick a political solution without understanding they are played. Take away one gun and it will be replaced by another. Take them all and it will be a bomb. Etc. Etc. Are you really a medium? What am i thinking now?

        1. I’m an eighth grader, and this is the most retarded thing I’ve heard in my life, this comment and article. I’m writing a paper on gun control right now, and I am not supposed to take a side of the argument. However after reading anything this terrible and stupid, it is hard to even remotely side with people saying that they should legally be allowed to own a semi automatic or automatic rifle. No one is going to go hunt with an AR-15, and a handgun can protect ones self just as effectively in self defense. No one should be able to own a long magazine clip, and be able to just send shot after shot. plus Martin Luther King was completely against violence and was shot.

          1. -ar15 is the common hunting rifle in america
            -80% of all guns are semiauto. you would ban 80%
            -“magazine clips” dont exist. a magazine goes into the gun, a clip loads bullets in an internal magazine.
            -yes, they should be able to own these magazines. its a 2nd amendment right and noone wants a chiappa little badger as home defense.
            -you know nothing about guns so i suggest you never talk about them again. thanks

          2. “Magazine clip??? you’ve got to be joking.
            You know nothing.
            A civilian AR will most commonly be found chambered in 5.56×45 (.223)
            .223 is one of the most common hunting rounds.
            I HUNT WITH AN AR ALL THE TIME. (raccoons, armadillos, possums, beavers, etc.)
            Plus handguns are semi auto so

      1. Aby, your a beautiful person with a bright mind. Folks like you should breed. Keep the good DNA in the gene pool.

    2. What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this website is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

        1. BILLY: your retort, I have to tell you, is so good I can’t resist giving you the credit. It’s such a fantastic upper cut and it fits like a puzzle piece. “Everyone on this website is now dumber for having listened to it, may God have mercy on your soul.” That punchline had me on the floor, laughing, hurting. The gun debate was too lame to continue so I thought I would switch gears to comedy. Oldvet picked up the truth in it, but I confess to some eyebrow raising untruths. Ok…lies. I said it. My colleagues and I create these stunts in public, for nothing other than to entertain ourselves. I was playing the poster boy for mental illness who owns guns and passed a background check. Your quite creative, you made my day, and you definitely have the gift of comedy. Gr8 insult! God bless and Merry Christmas. Andy

          1. Aby, on 5M1: Im a God luvin, gun respectin fool for goodness, and I dont go straight to cussin, but I have a policy; ” I am the mirror reflection of my opponent “. He F’d first. For the kids our very own V.P. Uncle Joe Biden used the F bomb on national t.v. for the impressionable urchins regardin healthcare to Obama. ” this is a big F’N deal.” Its safe to say that all kids now have heard the word and recognize its meaning. This isnt necessarily all bad , as an urchin viewing this site might see that, get red cheek and steer away, but if dat urchin gits a hold of a far arm and shoots his self in da foot, yeur gonna wanna hear that F word alot so as yeu know the seriousness of the sichee-ashun, and render yeurself useful. I myself would wanna hear that a cupple times and a few goddammits. Two of the most applied words when cherries pop and ballz drop. As Glenn Danzig says” you cant hide them from the waiting world.” So edumacate em. Luv em, know your surroundings and safely handle and store your far arm. Keep em far from danger. On Billy; I like Billy. He punchlined my joke. I have been very nice to Billy. Weez adults and I still laugh at his reply. His sentence structure, spelling and message is very smooth. 2 thumbs up.

      1. I’m not sure what you mean bud, it made perfect sense, you clearly read all of it and understood it. So please, if you ever decide to use your time reading something, I recommend you choosing something you’ll enjoy reading, wouldn’t want your feelings getting hurt. Also I’m not sure, obviously by your point of views, that you could possibly get any more dumb. “God have mercy on your soul.”

        1. Two thumbs up for Kayley! It does make sense. I just merged different stories together with one out of context , then I threw in a fake detail to get a libbie in a tizzie. I thank you for enjoying my creative writing, and throwing a jab on my behalf. Your advise is superb. Come back Bill. I meant no real ill will.

      2. Billy: Here’s the scenario:
        A criminal starts a mass shooting in a public place with TONS of people. No one has a gun.
        Effect: Tons of innocent people die and no one could change that.
        Now picture the same scenario, but everyone has a gun. What do you think happens?
        Effect: Criminal shoots a few people and gets shot by proud, responsible gun owners.
        People can’t always rely on the police, it takes too much time for them to arrive. If everyone had a gun, the criminal would know and stop before he started. If everyone had a gun, they would be an instant police force.

        1. Guy is correct. How many mass shootings do you see at a shooting range? Protect the schools with common sense. This country has thwarted terrorists following 911, but we cant stop teenagers with a history of warning signs. Unbelievable.

    3. So I ran out of gas but not through any fault of my own. The gauge wasn’t working properly. I was coming home from the vet this particular night and I had to pull over to the shoulder and block part of a busy two lane. It’s a small town and this street isn’t lighted particularly well. Fortunately I was close to an intersection so at least I had the intermittent red light to slow traffic as they passed to stop, hopefully to avoid a collision in the event that a drunk was at the helm. When I carry firearms, I have them in an unlocked container (soft bag) in the front and the ammo in the bed, also in containers but unlocked and accessible. Should a situation arise, I wouldn’t have to fumble with locks or keys. I keep an open medium size lock next to me should I get pulled over so I can easily snap it on the two zipper ends and whip out my DL thus avoid any legal snafu I might have should a cranky officer feel the urge to render an unsavory ticket on my behalf. THIS PARTICULAR EVENING I HAD NO WEAPONS OF ANY SORT WITH ME WHAT-SO-EVER ! I had the fortune to be a AAA member and I called them expecting quite a wait. (KEEP IN MIND: GOD AND GUNS). AAA arrived timely and supplied the gas and asked me to check that it would start. Greatest truck on the planet. CHEVY. But even that battery couldn’t handle some dry starts and flashers for the period I waited so I lifted the hood for a reboot when the service provider took note of the AC DELCO. He proceeded to tell me that is the best battery on the market and I know this. I told him my stock AC ran six years and had gone several cycles without being charged…a lot of abuse….yet still out lived its expectancy. Now I don’t let the fuel indicating gauge drop below 1/4 and I don’t depend on the idiot light as it does not come on in time to avoid the shortage.

      1. @andy… My MOPAR batts 2 of them powering a Cummins diesel went 9 years when I replaced them just because just before winter.

        1. Hi oldvet! Wow! That’s a record I have not yet heard of but I am willing to put that to the test myself. I have more than one vehicle and need to make a purchase soon. I read that Johnson Controls makes 99% of automotive batteries here in the U.S. They also makes Mopar batteries and they have a plant in Mexico. I always buy U.S. regardless of cost if given a choice. Consumer Reports says half of U.S. Made batteries are Johnson Controls with Exide and East Penn in tow. Thanks for the Intel, oldvet.

          For those of you campers just tuning in….this is the first exchange of independent diverse logical intelligent dialogue resulting in a useful exchange of information where no one is cussing the other or telling folks what they should think or own. Also, I supported my thought for the crybabies who desperately need one. I’m headed to the three best friends my car ever had and I’m gettin’ a Mopar!!! …….and that’s why not everyone should own a gun but I deserve to, and do.

    4. Guns don’t protect you but you can use one to protect yourself. Jesus doesn’t protect us because of free will as God did not protect him from death as the term “deliver us from evil” doesn’t mean here but the afterlife. We don’t ask him for protection but for the strength to avoid temptation and do his will. Having said that, five intruders enter your home and you have your bible and your gun. God has provided the means to produce both. Which do you reach for?

      1. Why is the choice between walking the old lady and leaving her alone is not just as much free will as munging the old lady or leaving her alone. Evil is not required for free will it is possible for a all powerful god to make people incapable of harming each other but also have free will in all other cases. Your god also determines which one you would chose anyway the existence omniscience requires a predictable universes other wise he could not know whether you would choose a or b that is how that has to work. So you would not have free will anyway. So why didn’t he make it so that there is no evil in the world. Unless that is what your god wanted. In which case he is far from benevolent. Your use of the prayer are father attests to your biblical illiteracy. God didn’t provide the gun man did. So basically f*** you.

        Also all of these reasons above in the main article are either unfounded with any data and/or simply appeals to authority especially the constitution one is just stupid it was a AMENDMENT I don’t get what is complicated to grasp about that it can be changed if the situation changed which it has in the last 200 years.

        1. @5m, What old lady? There is no such word as “munging”, so what are you blabbering about. “Your god determines…” is predestination, the opposite of free will. Why don’t you just say that you don’t want to be restricted by religion rather than trying to theorize? Believe what ever you want. That is free will, and we don’t care either way. Have a Merry Christmas.

          1. Hi Bill. There is an argument in there but it’s hard to ascertain what it is. Complete sentences, punctuation, and an understanding of the teachings of the religion I didn’t even mention would help……..and he calls me illiterate. ? My religion doesn’t dictate that evil be present for free will to exist. I don’t know why God doesn’t wipe out evil. (I don’t get a reply when I pray). All that is I need to do is believe in the Lord and praise. PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!!!

            1. Thank you Wild Bill. You have interjected on 5m where I abandoned the thought that we are all Gods children. I’m very patient, but the attack with no provocation gets the same reply. At some point parents put kids in front of a device and manners went out the door. I don’t think they read this forum correctly. It’s 15 reasons you should own a gun. They need to go to 15 reasons you shouldn’t own a gun and leave the critical thinking to the folks here who practice common sense and courtesy. I’m washing my mouth out with soap to remove the cuss words. Merry Faith based Christmas to you too !

        1. JAMES! That is the correct answer and I am dumbfounded at how some get it wrong. You are proud living proof of two facts: you were not raised with victim mentality and Natures rule that the strongest will survive has been and always will be the standard for longevity. I don’t mind that these anti-gunners don’t want the means to protect themselves. I do mind that I am not sitting on a jury deciding the fate of the man who ruthlessly slaughters them. Let the gene pool weed out the dolts. I respect that you believe enough in what you say to leave a real name. Some; not all who hide behind their handle here don’t deserve a reply. The above did happen. The armed homeowner held those guys until law enforcement came without shooting or killing anyone. Gr8 ending. I just bought another pistol and I didn’t even need it. Let the liberals try and pass another gun law based on that. Good luck. Lol. Andy Simondet

    5. Who will protect you. You can only pick one.

      A. A gun

      B. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (God)

        1. @Barney Davis, Yes, we and our gun, maybe God’s tool, at that moment. The “State of Grace” defense.
          “I did nothing of my own volition. My shooting was perfect, but I am a slow and slovenly shot.”

      1. A gun is for physical protection but I believe that God will always be with you and if you didn’t do anything bad to deserve death by someone shooting you then God will be there…forgiving the shooter and taking care of you
        But that’s only what I believe

      2. A gun is for physical protection but I believe that God will always be with you and if you didn’t do anything bad to deserve death by someone shooting you then God will be there…forgiving the shooter and taking care of you
        But that’s only what I believe

        1. With that philosophy you would make a great human shield. Bin laden would be proud of you. Good luck with the multiple personality disorder. Are you dating the uneducated datboi?

        2. Are you suggesting that 6 million Jews and God should forgive Hitler? We may as well put Hell in a handbag. ( forgive the literal but spot on in metaphor.)

      3. A gun is for physical protection but I believe that God will always be with you and if you didn’t do anything bad to deserve death by someone shooting you then God will be there…forgiving the shooter and taking care of you
        But that’s only what I believe

      4. I often find that my favorite incarnation of the lord is holding an AR-15. So in a way, I choose both, but the lord will always be in my heart if I were forced to choose.m

    6. Consider American media enjoys reporting gun deaths more than other countries. Compare deaths in say Japan by knife or sword. compare deaths in the U S by bee sting, hammers, knives, even falls. We are subject to a biased media in this country.

      1. True, very true. Studies (not biased and very real) show that more than 50% of Japanese people die from swords. It must be those samurai and ninjas.

        1. Zay Be my guest I only wish I had references for you. I remember reading them in the past.
          sorry I didn’t see your request earlier.

    7. Ammoland wants you to buy guns so they can sell you ammo.
      [Admin Note….. Thanks for the morning chuckle. Ammoland does not sell ammo. Carry On]

    8. Pandora’s box is already open. You can confiscate all you want and there will be more manufacturing to replace what’s lost. If not legally then a very lucrative black market will emerge.
      Utopia types are reaching too far to suggest that they can solve gun crimes with a simple idea for a complex problem. They align with a left wing ideology that they will successfully take all guns to save lives, while their government is not interested in lives but concentrating focus on taking control. It is self evident. A mass shooting occurs and the public pays with new laws. There are well over 5 million AR-15’s in this country. I last read 8 million. The huffington post says 20 to 30 million. June 16, 2016. Are you suggesting penalizing millions for the actions of a handful? It’s not about lives, it’s about a different agenda. Control. Don’t fool yourself. They just use the media to sell it. And the media is culpable in making copycat shootings.
      “Assault Rifles” seem unnecessary to own by their shape, especially when someone dies. A cigarette, an SUV, a cell phone (text and drivers) don’t have that shape but they kill far more people, but those are socially acceptable shapes, so we will keep those as a society. Cigarettes don’t ever save lives but guns can and do. To be more clear, the operator of all of these mentioned objects is what determines the life taken.
      There are more guns laws being drafted than mental health laws. Again, self evident. Not lives. Control. The few cant control the many. They need to sell it to get it to pass. They need guns to be dirty. They need you to be passive. Once you are, the few control the masses.
      Another argument that defies the founding fathers intent is a miss statement that they did not intend for us to have assault rifles. I personally want state of art equipment. When the document was written, the people were the militia. Over time the assault weapon evolved from blunt instruments to bows and arrows to muskets to black powder capable of holding six, (slow loading), to the six gun cartridge (much faster reload). Then the Henry repeating rifle. (The Indians were grateful to trade in their bows for it) became state of art and then the semi auto, and so on till we had the modern AR, Incorrectly coined “assault rifle”. AR stands for Armalite Rifle. Armalite is a company that Eugene Stoner ran to build the AR for the military. So for those who ask why do we need an assault rifle? The musket was an assault rifle. The founding fathers intent was NOT TO FULLY TRUST YOUR GOVERNMENT! THIS IS HOW IT REMAINS BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE. They did intent for us to have AR’s and AK’s. (by that standard they should be true battle weapons, military standard and not the emasculated Sporting Rifle they have become in civilian life.)
      If you were to ask a Jew before the Holocaust if he needed an assault rifle, you might get a no I don’t need one. AND I WISH I FUCKIN HAD ONE RIGHT NOW! Once the shit hit the fan. Pull your head out of your ass.

      1. Just going to reply to the last part, because it caught my eye (all caps is pretty eye-catching).

        If you were to ask a Jew before the Holocaust if he needed an assault rifle, you might get a no I don’t need one. AND I WISH I FUCKIN HAD ONE RIGHT NOW! Once the shit hit the fan. Pull your head out of your ass.

        I’m not sure if you weren’t paying attention in history class (or how the American History Education System works) but the assault rifle wouldn’t have made a difference. No one told the Jews “Hey, get on this train, we’re going to gas/burn you alive! ” “Aw, man, if only I had my assault rifle with me, then I could kill all these Nazis and escape!”

        1. Well, datboi, you must have been asleep in history class yourself. Or perhaps you are too young to have been taught about the laws detrimental to Jews that were passed in Germany years before the “trains” started rolling. I guess you never heard of Kristallnacht either. The willing ignorance of some is sad.

      1. What an amazing, inspiring and just uplifting comment this is. I love how you present your arguments in such concise order; it really convinced me. You really showed how people who are against guns are wrong and your rebuttals to foreseen counter-arguments is splendid. Keep up the good work!

        1. datboi… counter Collin with a common sense argument. This from a guy who shits in the sugar bowl at a party and is the first in line to pin a tail on the De Niro and the first to enter the “piss up a rope contest”.

    9. You should really include sources for all your claims. “It is a fact that armed American men and women prevent two million crimes every year with their guns”. If it’s a “fact” it is easy enough to include source links. This is the internet and anyone can make any claim they want, so unless there is sourcing I, and most other people for that matter, will completely disregard your points.

      “It is a fact that armed American men and women prevent two million crimes every year with their guns.”. [1]
      “It is a fact that most gun crimes in America involve gangsters shooting other gangsters. The average gun owner never uses his or her gun to commit a crime”. [2]

      ———————- Bottom of the page
      [1] Source
      [2] Source

          1. A pencil or a fork or a spoon has secondary uses other then as a weapon that are vital to society which is why you cant ban them a gun does not share that characteristic.

            1. @5M1less, That is not true, A firearm need not even be fired to meet its secondary goals of wealth conservation or art. I have several firearms that if I shot them it would decrease their value, but unfired they increase value faster than gold. Some pretty. Some historic. Some belonged to someone important.

      1. The problem arises where people with mental disorders aren’t diagnosed and then have possession of guns because there is nothing stopping them.

      1. I read it and laughed at how stupid the points were, based purely on assumption and no fact. The only fact was that 200,000 people last year were saved which is first wrong, and second irrelevant because they were saving themselves from other “law-abiding citizens’ with guns. If they banned guns no not all guns would be taken away but many would and you can move slowly from there until you have a safer environment.

        1. Where is the evidence that ‘they were saving themselves from ‘other law-abiding citizens with guns’? Clearly, they were not defending themselves against ‘other law abiding citizens with guns’. They were generally defending themselves against quite the opposite sort of people, against violent, law breaking people. The sort of people who should be in prison and properly punished if the government had the backbone to do its job. But instead of taking real measures to address gun violence by punishing it severely, the government decides instead to attack the law abiding gun owners who find the need to defend themselves, precisely because the government has not done what it should have done.

          It is the government, by its weak punishment of gun related crime, that is the real cause of the problem. They create the situation which impels the ordinary citizen to take measures for his own defense. Can he really be blamed for doing that? Self defense is an inalienable right. Why then does the government attack that right of the law abiding gun owner? Simply because the government wishes to distract attention from itself and its own failure. Easier and better politically to blame someone else. The government will simply never point the finger at itself and admit that it was instrumental in creating the problem in the first place.

          1. Larry! It’s hard to reason with someone who clearly has a lackluster reasoning ability. Think of this blog as Jacobs ladder. The higher you climb, two things will happen….you will find yourself closer to God and the conversation becomes more intelligent. Somewhere here around datboi someone pissed in the drinking water. Leave this one for Darwin. The remedy will find its own way and you won’t have to beat your head against the wall watching him walk into traffic while peering at his cell phone. It’s like talking to a bucket full of poo poo. Nothing useful in it to work with. With datboi it’s either empty or full of number 2. He didn’t support his own argument. The fool. You can be a felon and buy a Ghost gun. Just……..walk away Larry…Climb.

      2. Show me the evidence to these “facts” and then go look at all the research done that actually proves that owning a gun undoubtly increases your risk of being involved with gun violence.

    10. I’m doing research on these things currently. Highest deaths by guns, also tend to exist in the highest violent crime states, which also typically has highest suicide rates (#1 used item being a gun). And in most of the top states for gun deaths, gun registration is very low or not required at all for various weapons (handguns, rifles, etc) and gun control regulation is low. This is all taking in per capita results.
      And you can follow the links to the Federal website that tracks this information, as well as the CDC. Now, with comparisons to other countries (I haven’t gotten that far) but am working on it. And the USAtoday article is pointed out because it brings in many of the websites I had previously looked at. Including this one, for finding information and attempting to research.
      It should also be noted, that Jesus said to get a sword, but also took the sword from another so that he would be held as a criminal and continue fulfill his fate. He never swung the sword, attacked anyone with it, nor committed any other crime. In Rome, at the time, owning a sword was illegal by anyone except the Roman guard (and subsequently the wealthy) and was punishable by death with exile, which is what crucifying someone is supposed to be (because the Roman’s believed you could not get to the after life without being buried).
      Lastly, regulations and tracking vs not tracking or regulating is the important aspect. In some states, Texas for instance, there is a low rate of crimes which use a firearm that happens with an illegal obtained weapon, but in Alaska where there are virtually no regulations there is a high percentage. In most states the overall crime with firearm rate is decreased, along with violent crimes in general, correlatably with gun control. Other factors, such as poverty levels, education levels, etc have some baring in trends but not as significantly. Since research on these matters is very much restricted by lobbying done by the NRA, it is hard to gather much information ( about firearm and crime statistics other than what is volunteered or learned through hospital releases.
      Both sides should fight for research since that will help the cause of the side that is right.
      Banning guns is not likely the end result for the US of A, but instead some manner of standardizing regulations with the advancements in technology. Insurance, for instance, is a great example used by many pro-gun folks. Better to have and not need, then to need and not have. But insurance is also incredibly regulated by state and federal governments. You can’t have license plates without insurance in some states, it is all tracked, minimum levels are determined by states, and zero states allow you to drive a car legally without insurance. So, why do we have less regulations on gun ownership than we do auto insurance?

      1. First religion is awesome if your a atheist you should just stfu because clearly saying God is dumb is messed up how was the world created aliens Nope no RLLY aliens R not real God made it God is Jesus and U should respect that and if u die u think that’s it living UR life under ground won’t be able to feel nothing like when u sleep and time goes fast same thing happens but not getting up not waking up that will be one huge head tic u go to heaven live life there if ur good if ur bad u go to hell

            1. ….and the Winner with the most intelligence goes to Paul. The illiterate Canadian patriot is here because the U.S. took the difficult Normandy landings and datboi doesn’t know his history nor language. The irony is correctly used as situational irony (look it up) and the dot dot dot at the end of your sentence shows the absence of thought to prove my point. HERES A CAP FOR YOU…THE JEWS WERE TOLD ABOUT THE SLAUGHTER. If you look up the death camps where the JEWS became incredibly courageous, you will see their retaliation and you will learn how to spell and structure a complete thought in the form of a simple sentence. Maybe you should have perked up in class and stop chewing on your hair and smoking pot. Whatever you do…don’t buy a gun! I’m with the liberals when it comes to your case. I teach English,History and Psychology. Do you go to work in a clown suit? Get a real name. Form a real opinion. Have an intellectual debate. I would call you a dim bulb but the filament is at a melting point and there is now the vacuum of diminished remaining thought and the flicker of all things void of bright. Buy a book and stop playing video games. Idiot is a suit you wear well.

        1. Do you think that every atheists almost on the planet hasn’t thought something like. That well they have you aren’t adding anything to the conversation so shut the fuck up.the response most atheists will give you is we don’t honestly give a fuck about you or hell are own feels. You should believe a extraordinary claim only when their is extraordinary evidence and definitely not when there is no evidence. You can’t control what you believe you can say you can but you can only control how you act. The bible pretty specifically says that that does not count so even if we assume you god is real I’m fucked anyway so why would I spend my time listening to a guy repeat the same thing about 1 every year stealing an hour of my week that I find completely boring for no reason.
          The fact you believe that its god or aliens is a testament to the failure of our education system in America that is not the next theory in line unless you mean what created the singularity in which case anything is the wrong answer because we have no way to observe before the big bang at least yet. The right answer is i have no idea that is the only honest answer. also yeah for someone so illogical you have what I believe to be a surprisingly good understanding of what death is in all likely hood like.

    11. Thanks Bob Mcfarlane for you bigoted view of gun owners. There is no basis whatsoever that legal gun ownership is conducive to the acceptance of murder or genocide. If you are going to make such an asinine statement, have something to back it up.

      I hope that you live in a “gun free” zone because mass shootings never happen in those places. Maybe you can try some of Chicago’s finer neighborhoods and set up your soap box. I’m sure you will be fine in your gun free utopia!

      Most of the “first world countries” that you refer to had little or no mass murders long before their gun bans and tight controls. In fact the UK has seen their overall violent crime rates skyrocket since their gun restrictions. I suppose it’s okay if people are being stabbed or bludgeoned, as long as they aren’t being shot, it’s cool.

      1. the UK also never had guns sold in walmart or 1 gun for every adult person in their country and the requency of mass shootings in Australia are extremely low like literally zero sense the ban and they did have a violent history so cough cough… cherry picking…cough cough. Also the statistic about 2 million crimes prevented each year by armed persons must include outside the us because there is no more then 1.1 million arrests a year by the police. So pretty much stop asserting and get actual data behind you claims or shut the f*** up

    12. There seems to be this bizarre opinion that there are is only black and white in the nature if criminality. That somehow the "innocent" must defend themselves against the violent. The very idea of this is incredibly false. With firearm legality it is creating the situation in which murder and genocide is viable. There are few other first world country that have had as many homicidal maniacs than the USA. The purpose of guns should be for either hunting, if done in a safe and established area. Shooting practice for sports such as the Olympics or for the armed forces. It absolutely should not be for the scared plebians cramming themeselves with other scared people, utterly convinced that everyone else is the enemy and with a shotgun hidden in their coat. It is this situation which has led to countless "accidental" shootings and volatile situations. You really want to protect your family, don't buy a gun and encourage others not too as well. Which neighborhood is more safe the one in which everyone is cocking a .44, just in case Brenda from across the road isn't who she says, or the one where people can settle their differences peacefully. The one where if someone has a gun they immediately get it confiscated and get a court hearing for being in possession of a dangerous weapon. Be Smart.

      1. If everyone owned a gun, a robber would know that he will die if he breaks in a house. Robbers don’t exactly have a goal of being shot, so they should be smart enough to know they may die for breaking in a house. Not worth dieing to steal. If we lose guns robbers will be much safer to rob others of prized possessions, if someone breaks in my house I WILL shoot him untill he is on the ground in a puddle of blood. Banning guns dosent mean robbers and criminals will give up their guns.

        1. Cristian makes a great point. But let me add on. Even if guns were banned, people would always find a way to illegally sell them, or steal them. When alcohol prohibition was established, did people stop selling and/or buying alcohol? No. In fact it led to a great rise of even more violence and criminality. So do you think the same will happen with guns? I sure do.

          1. It’s a fact that countries which have banned guns and have done so for years have a massively reduced rate of shootings. When everyone carries a gun, all it takes is for Jason at work to be pissed off one too many times by his boss, and suddenly someone’s dead. It’s the normal people who aren’t thinking straight that truly terrify me, and it’s very difficult for a person like that to obtain a gun in the time it takes them to calm down and think twice.

            I live in Australia, and guns have been illegal here for over a decade. Since then, I recall an incident in 2014 where fourteen people were held hostage and two people were killed, and it was such a huge deal because it was almost unheard of for something like that to happen in Australia since guns were banned. Compare that to the frequency of similar incidents in America and it’s really no contest.

            1. Well, I live in Australia too and I think that it is criminal that we do not have the right to effective self defense by the use of a firearm. Our laws basically say to the people ‘We prefer you to be a victim than to be able to effectively defend yourself and preserve your own life and the lives of your loved ones’. That is simply outrageous. No government has the right to limit a citizens right to self defense, especially when the politicians themselves quite hypocritically avail themselves of that right by having armed bodyguards. If it is good for them, why is it not also good for us?

            2. Well, in fact, gun violence is a very common occurrence in some parts of Australia. Have a look here at the rising rate of gun violence in Melbourne by criminals:

              The truth is that if you ban guns that does nothing but remove them from the law abiding citizens and so leave them defenceless – the criminals still have them and have a much freer scope to use them.

        2. In this case, wouldn’t the robber be smart enough to, I don’t know, bring a gun? Also if they are trying to rob you they have the upper hand because they most likely have the element of surprise.

      2. Hey Bob,
        Hahahahahahahahaha. I don’t know which is funnier your statement ( “…The purpose of guns should be for either hunting,… Shooting practice for sports such as the Olympics or for the armed forces. It absolutely should not be for the scared plebeians…”) OR YOU Thinking that YOU can dictate to us. Please stop. You are making my stomach hurt.

        1. I think it’s funny that YOU think you can dictate to HIM what he can say. ALso I tHink It’S funny that YOU UsE Upper case to OftEn

          1. I did not tell him what to say. This is an awfully old thread. Finally, you write like another troll that I have read. What other names have you used?

            1. Actually, this is my first time commenting here tbh. Honestly, I’m just being satirical and sarcastic because a) this website doesn’t cite sources and is b) funny to read because it’s poorly written. Also, I’m surprised/flattered(?) that someone replied to this old thread.

            2. Wild Bill, look at all of the other illiterate shit stupid comments and you will know what other alias he is using. He is a troll.


      1. Because You Own a Fire Extinguisher. Bad things happen. You can still call 911, but when seconds count, you need to act quickly to save your life and the life of those you love.

      2. Because Shooting Is An Olympic Sport. Shooting is an Olympic sport and the United States holds more gold medals than any other nation.

      3. Because Most Americans Own Guns. You’ll be in good company as a gun owner; nearly fifty percent of households in the U.S. own a firearm.

      4. Because You Respect The U.S. Constitution. Sometimes you won’t like it when people exercise fundamental freedoms protected by the Constitution, such as freedom of speech. But that simply doesn’t matter: The Supreme Court ruled that every person has a constitutional right to own guns. So respecting the Constitution means respecting the right of others to exercise those constitutional rights.

      5. Because You Are More Likely to Die By Falling. There were 613 fatal firearms accidents in 2007, one-half of one percent of all fatal accidents. You’re more likely to die by driving, poisoning, drowning or falling than by a gun accident.

      6. Because Guns Stop Burglars. Last year, the CDC estimated that Americans used guns about 498,000 times to frighten away intruders attempting to break into homes.

      7. Because Gun Bans Increase Murder Rates. After D.C. banned handguns in 1984, the average murder rate jumped 73 percent while the U.S. murder rate fell 11 percent.

      8. Because Guns Don’t Cause Murder. A New York Times study of 1,662 murders in the city found that 90 percent of the killers had criminal records. Murderers are not ordinary, law abiding adults. Instead, virtually all murderers are extremely aberrant individuals with life histories of violence, psychopatholoy, and substance abuse.

      9. Because Gun Owners Win Political Battles. Gun rights groups have donated $22 million in political campaigns over the last decade, while gun control groups gave $1.8 million.

      10. Because Ignorance is Dangerous. At current homicide rates, 1 in 240 Americans will be murdered this year. You need to know how to operate a tool that will immediately stop a threat and save your life and the life of those in your household.

      11. Because Guns Don’t Make Countries More Dangerous. Switzerland has one of the world’s highest gun ownership rates and also one of the lowest homicide rates. In contrast, the countries with the world’s worst homicide rates—South Africa, Columbia, Brazil, Mexico, Filipines, Taiwain—also prohibit law-abiding citizens from owning guns. Compare the 20 per 100,000 homicide rate in Russia, which bans guns, with the 2 per 100,000 rate in neighboring Poland. Compare gun-free Luxembourg’s 9 per 100,000 murder rate with Germany and France with rates of 0.93 and 1.65.

      12. Because Gun Control Laws Don’t Increase Safety. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences failed to identify even one gun control measure that had a statistically significant reduction in violent crime, suicide, or gun accidents. The Center for Disease Control reached the same conclusion in 2003.

      1. I’m responding to a 4 year old comment I know, but 1 in 240 Americans are not murdered in a year. The figure is 4 in 100,000. This misinformation is percisely why gun activists somehow think that guns are absolutely essential to own. I, for one, absolutely respect the 2nd Amendment. Every law-abiding American holds the right to own a gun. What gun restriction activists are pushing for are a ban on automatic weapons and restricting unfit people from owning a powerful weapon. I see absolutely no harm in that.

        1. Wayne, gun activists don’t know anything about what they want to ban. You are incorrect, we do not have automatic weapons. They are semi-automatic guns. We don’t use them as weapons. Also, they are less powerful than previous battle types. The military weapon of old was a deer round. The modern AR-15/M-16 has a much smaller projectile and approximately 2/3rds less powder charge. In the strategy of winning a battle it was determined that this smaller round weighed less in bulk, thus more to use. If that less potent round wounded a soldier, then one or two of his kind carried him to safety, thus less enemy engaged. When the M-16 was introduced for the first time, it was rejected by soldiers who thought it wasn’t powerful enough. You have to question the mentality of the anti gun lawmakers who ban the stock and the pistol grip on that gun to make it less attractive aesthetically. You say they want to restrict unfit people from owning a powerful weapon. They have deemed that we law abiding citizens are all unfit. Do you see harm in that?

    14. Unfortunately, the Washington quote is false. Nobody's been able to turn this quote up in any of his writings. Other than that, this is a great piece. covers it just fine. If you've got some real evidence that this is a real quote, please, SHOW it.

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