Guns Do More Good Than Bad

Santiago Cuevas-Ruiz

4:05 PM EST, 2 August, 2018

Have you checked the news recently? If you have, you may have noticed a lot of talk about repealing the Second Amendment. Do you know what the Second Amendment is? The Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms. To some, guns may sound dangerous, and to others, guns sound fun and essential. It is better for us to practice our rights than to add restrictions to the Second Amendment, because firearms can be an asset to us when it comes to protecting ourselves from others.

I hope no one has been in a dangerous situation where you would have to defend yourself against an armed individual, but sadly this does happen in our world. Last year, my grandmother and I were walking through the city and a man stopped us with a knife and demanded our money. My grandmother reached into her bag and drew her handgun and the criminal ran. 55% of criminals retreat when people draw their guns in self-defense. In 1998 there was a publication done by John Lott and according to John Lott, there was an 8.5% reduction in murders, 5% reduction in rapes, 7% reduction in aggravated assault and 3% reduction in robberies.

These numbers may be small, but imagine the crime rates if guns were completely removed. 

In a dangerous situation, would you stop to call for help or take action in order to help yourself?

The average police response time is 18 minutes. There’s a lot that can happen in 18 minutes, for example, the average school shooting is about 12 minutes and five seconds. Would you prefer to wait 12 minutes and five seconds in this situation for the police to arrive or would you rather take action to help yourself and or others?

Many argue that criminals can buy guns and use them in malicious crimes as an excuse to put restrictions on guns or even attempt to remove them. My response to this is that restrictions on guns won’t stop criminals from purchasing firearms or gaining firearms. In 2016 79% of guns used in crimes were stolen or illegally bought on the black market/ Therefore, adding restrictions to guns will only impact law-abiding citizens.

When people ask how our nation look like if we removed guns, I tell them to look at the UK. Ever since the UK’s ban on guns, gun crimes have increased by 42%. That’s 2,544 gun criminal offenses from April 2016 to April 2017. Police in the UK do not have tasers or pistols, so if they try to stop an armed man, they have to use other methods and risk getting shot.

In conclusion, guns do more good than harm and we should not remove the Second Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed!

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Drained Media

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“Why Do We Need The Second Amendment?” The Odyssey Online, 30 Aug. 2017, www.theodysseyonline.com/need-second-amendment.
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