I would like to ask for a minute of your time to inquire about your thoughts on firearms ownership in America. There are as many arguments for and against firearms as there are people you might ask, but this letter is focusing on handguns in particular. I am a proponent of law abiding citizens lawfully owning handguns, and believe that contrary to the portrayal in the mass media, the benefits of handgun ownership out ways the negative stories we see on TV and read about in the papers. It is true that guns have been used in some very despicable manners, including murdering children in schools, and while playing in their back yards, but they are also used every day to protect the innocent, these stories don’t carry the “shock value” thus are not portrayed with the same level of notoriety that the “slayings” receive, if they even make the news at all.
We have been taught since childhood that the Police will be there to protect us, yet they have no responsibility or liability for the safety of the individual citizen, (Warren vs District of Columbia)I do believe that they are our best “front line” defense against the criminal element, but it is proven in the papers every day that they are unable to protect us from murder, or prevent assaults, and rapes. It is my opinion and an arguable one, that there is no better tool for a citizen to use to protect themselves from the attack of a stronger person, or multiple aggressors than that of a handgun. How many women in this country could fight off a rapist that is twice her size? And being raped could as easily today become a death sentence, with the spread of aids, and other catastrophic diseases yet to be discovered.
I look forward to hearing your comments on this issue. Please in the future when considering bills, amendments, and other legislature, consider the positive side to firearms and the loss of personal protection to the law abiding citizens of this great country should actions be taken to remove them. Thank you in advance for your time.