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My Take on This: Freedom of speech and the right to bear arms

There is so much negative talk about guns these days. This brings to mind something I read recently. If you don’t give up your car because others drive drunk with theirs, then why do you have to give up your gun because others commit crimes with theirs?

As with all things, there are two sides to the issue of gun control, so I’m using my freedom of speech—along with my right to bear arms—to state my opinion on the matter.

I will use my gun WHEN NECESSARY to protect my family from harm. I could not or would not stand by and see them badly injured or killed because I had not means of protection.

There may be some of you who have taken karate or lifted weights and don’t need a gun for protection, but I’m neither fast enough nor strong enough to cause harm to another person.

A knife could be a deadly weapon and has been used many times to take a life. I know of nothing being said about that. Should we not have the right to allow butcher knives in our kitchens? What about hunting knives that are used to aid in killing meat for families to have food? I don’t want these rights to be taken from us. Guns are not the enemy here. A person has to load the gun and pull the trigger before a crime is committed. Even the person’s mindset has a lot to do with such a terrible act.

There will be some who say I don’t know what I’m talking about. Unless it happened to my family, I wouldn’t know what it felt like. I do know what it feels like to have someone try to kill a loved one. I had one shot in the leg, and the bullet then went through the other leg. It resulted in such tremendous blood loss that he almost died.

Even that has not changed the way I feel about guns. I have never held the gun responsible, but I will always remember the one who tried to take the life of someone I loved.

I was told she would not be held responsible unless the person she shot pressed charges against her. He wouldn’t, so she’s free. Never tried for attempted murder. Not even charged with child endangerment, and there were three children inside the house. If he’d been killed, things might have gone differently. I’m just glad I don’t know about that.

Not only that, but the many who fought and died for us to have such a right used guns to make that happen. I do not want such a sacrifice to be forgotten because someone chooses to abuse and misuse our right to have guns for protection.

Regardless of the weapon used to bring harm or death to another person, the weapon itself is not responsible. As I said earlier, there are two sides to everything. This is the side I’m on!

Until we talk again, be safe.

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