In The month following the tragic Newtown school shooting, more than 65,000 people used firearms in self-defense, yet the national news media has virtually ignored this important aspect of gun ownership.
Based on the most conservative estimates, tens of thousands of legally-armed private citizens have used firearms defensively, including one 15-year-old teenager in Texas who protected his home and sister with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.
Here is another incident from Rochester, NY where two students that are living together saw two intruders heading to their apartment but Raymond’s AR-15 scared them off:
“By the time I had it out and ready, one of the men came at my door, slowly opened it, saw that there was a barrel on the other side and from there backed out,” Raymond said. The two men fled the apartment. Nothing was taken and no shots were fired.
But the press virtually ignored these incidents, instead concentrating on getting a juicy sound bite from anti-gun Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy about how many people have been victims of violent crime.
This ignores the positive side of private gun ownership and presents a biased view of guns in society. We need to recognize the number of lives that have been saved, and the number of crimes thwarted because a citizen had a gun.
We all deplore the senseless loss of life, but Rep. McCarthy and other gun grabbers like to ignore the usefulness of firearms in the right hands. Anti-gunners assume that if you only tell half a story, it becomes the story.
If reporters need balance, they can find stories every day about lawful self-defense on the KeepAndBearArms.com website.
It’s about time the press looked at those stories and gave them national attention equal to the attention they pay to the criminal misuse of firearms. Private firearms ownership should be reported and encouraged. After all, if it saves just one life, then having a gun for personal protection is an idea we should all support.
The next four years are not going to be easy. OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS ARE IN JEOPARDY NOW MORE THAN EVER BEFORE IN AMERICAN HISTORY. President Obama has already made moves to push for more gun-control. If he passed everything he wanted the only people left with firearms would be criminals. Gun control affects law abiding citizens not criminals. There will always be a way for them to get weapons. Heck, our Government gave the criminals weapons during Fast and Furious. We will not surrender to the Obama agenda, you can make a difference.
Alan M. Gottlieb
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms