Your Views: Gun restrictions handicap law-abiding citizens under the guise of making them safer

Your Views: Gun restrictions handicap law-abiding citizens under the guise of making them safer

Gun Rights

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia, that claimed the lives of 12 people, Gov. Ralph Northam has called for a special legislative session to address gun-related violence. Using the shooting as a call to action, he then proposed a variety of restrictions on lawful gun owners—not one of which would have prevented or even mitigated the very shooting used to justify them. Northam’s proposals show a deep misunderstanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying gun-related violence in general, and mass public shootings in particular. Worse, they inherently place the blame for these criminal actions on the shoulders of hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Virginia gun owners who will never use their firearms in an unlawful manner. In fact, Americans use guns in self-defense far more often than criminals use them to kill or injure others. A 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control concluded that studies routinely show that Americans use guns to defend themselves or others between 500,000 and 3 million times every year. Data collected by the CDC itself, which it long declined to publicize, indicates that the number of annual defensive gun uses is likely around 1 million. This hardly comes as a shock to most lawful gun-owners, who know that the right to keep and bear arms is the best—and sometimes the only—recourse against immediate threats to life, liberty and property. Consider the following recent examples, none of which received significant national attention. On April 1, a domestic violence […]

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