Guns make America safer, but so do background checks

Guns make America safer, but so do background checks

Gun Rights

FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles are displayed on a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. Voters will decide the fate of I-1639, an initiative that would toughen background checks for people buying semi-automatic rifles, increase the age limit to 21 for buyers of those guns and require secured firearm storage in the Nov. 6, election. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) Every year in the United States, there are an estimated 500,000 to 3 million defensive firearms uses . Compare that to the 300,000 offensive uses by criminals, and we can begin to understand why some Americans feel so strongly about preserving the Second Amendment. By and large, guns protect America; they do more good than bad. Private citizens having the right to defend themselves is a freedom that should be cherished, not looked down on with contempt or disdain. However, in today’s trying political times it is not hard to understand why so many view gun control as a necessary evil. Reflecting on our nation’s stunningly high rate of violent gun deaths (in other words, not from war, accidents or self-harm), one thing is clear: There is no good reason why someone with a history of violent crime or severe mental illness should be able to easily and legally obtain a deadly weapon. When we consider that almost half of the firearms used to carry out violent crimes are obtained through legal means, it only adds salt to the wound. We do […]

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