Arguments For Gun Rights
Arguments For Gun Rights
Larry Pratt (Executive Director, Gun Owners of America) gives expert video advice on: How do we protect ourselves from those who already own guns?; Are armed government agencies a threat to law-abiding civilians?; Are home invasions more common in areas where guns are restricted? and more...
Are armed government agencies a threat to law-abiding civilians?
Armed government agencies on occasion have been a threat to civilians such as at Waco where nearly 100 people were either shot or burned to death; but typically real police not some of those at Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Fire Arms that pulled off the Waco caper real police have a very good working relationship with the citizenry and especially with armed citizens many of whom throughout the countries history have saved the lives of law enforcement officer when they were in distress.
Are home invasions more common in areas where guns are restricted?
The history of gun control in our country enables us to come to a number of conclusions. We can compare states that have high gun control regulations and states that have low gun control regulation. And in fact the most restrictive jurisdictions are the ones with the highest violent crime rates be it home invasions, be it assault on the streets. And the states that have the lowest gun regulation are also the safest in our whole country.
Why should I be able to conceal and carry my own firearm?
Well if an individual is not a police officer who necessarily will carry his gun openly almost all the time on his hip, a private citizen is not volunteering to be a police officer. A police officer can be a target if the criminal is going to do something that would be the one that he is going to go after first, if he is going to do anything while the police officer is there. The private citizen by concealing his fire arm, thereby has the element of surprise which works against the criminal. We should do everything we can to make it hard for criminals to be criminals.
What is your response to 'guns don't kill people, people do'?
Well, I have a number of guns at home in my safe and I never hear of them going off. Obviously, it takes a man to pull the trigger or a woman to pull the trigger. The decision to use the gun is one that is really rational but if it is going to be misused it comes from the human heart where a lot of hatred is. We have seen that mass murderers in history have not relied necessarily on guns. Once they have their victims disarmed they can use all kinds of things. They can bury them alive, they can use poison gas so it does not matter much what tools are available. The main thing is we have got to watch out for people who have their hearts filled with hatred.