The Right to Protect Our Loved Ones

The Right to Protect Our Loved Ones

A Essay on How Guns Keep Us Safe

The Right to Protect Our Loved Ones

Protecting one's family from harm is the main priority for most people and this need to protect and secure the safety of others often comes in place with the power of a firearm. Having the right to bear arms is essential in the United States, especially with the rising violence and at home terrorism. Due to this rise, it has spurred fear in the hearts of the people as they seek a way to protect themselves and their family from harm. In a CNN article, “Do Guns Make Us Safer?” by David Frum, “Government figures from the National Survey of Criminal Victimization suggest 100,000 uses a year of guns in self-defense against crime, the vast majority of these uses being the display of weapons to deter or dissuade” (Frum) according to a 1995 study by Gary Kleck. With the presence of a firearm, it brings about a sense of security and protection for one’s self as they have the knowledge that they are able to protect their family from the dangers of the world.

Although to some, having the ability to carry arms in the open is a scary idea, but real and true. Campus shootings in recent years have made students and faculty nervous as they push for the ability to carry their own weapons to protect themselves. However, John A. Fry, the president of Philadelphia’s Drexel University opposed such a policy. Fry explained in “Allowing Guns Won’t Make Campus Safer,” in the book, America Now, that allowing guns on campus wouldn’t keep the students safe, but would more than likely jeopardize their safety as there would be more concealed weapons unbeknown to the population (255). Fry questions to why, only in America, people would respond to gun violence by using more guns, “Arming college campuses will do little to reduce mass attacks, and will likely lead to more shooting deaths. There are already 300 million civilian firearms in the United States. That’s more than one for every adult” (Fry 225). Is it right to risk the safety of others for the paranoia of oneself? Although, guns may seem as the safer option it can still cause mass casualties, such as the recent Las Vegas massacre, Mandalay Bay Shooting. The shooter Steven Paddock was a resident of Nevada, which allows concealed carry (Hensley and Silverstein). If the state had restrictions against guns, the fifty people dead and hundreds injured would not have been injured. If someone attending the music festival had taken action by shooting in the air to stop Paddock, who was shooting from above, they could have caused more harm than good as they would not know where Paddock was located at the time.

Although guns are often associated with death, these weapons can still be beneficial to have handy. In the short reading “My Gun Was 100 Yards Away, Completely Useless,” in the novel, America Now, Suzanna Hupp’s experience as a victim of a mass shooting helps curb thoughts of banning citizens from the security of their guns. Gun-rights advocate Hupp:

...tells the story about a horrendous mass shooting in Killeen, Texas, that she witnessed in 1991 in which twenty-three people were murdered, including her parents. Even though it was illegal at the time to carry a gun, she often did… except on this day. “Having a gun is never a guarantee,” she says. “But it changes the odds” (Hupp 244).

If Hupp had a gun that day it is not particularly certain whether that day would have had the same outcome as it did. The incentive that even if one of the twenty-three may have been alive today helps support the fact that guns should not be banned outright because, by doing so, it conflicts with the law-abiding citizen’s rights for security that is written in the amendments by the forefathers.

In Cindy Huang’s PBS NewsHour article, “Why I Carry A Gun,” she interviewed ten Americans who spoke of having a gun as a daily part of life for the sake of avoiding vulnerability. Owning a gun can give a sense of security in people’s lives, especially when living alone. This is seen with Susan Williams, a sixty-seven year old Californian, who lives on a fairly remote avocado farm, in which she must fend off not only thieves, but coyotes as well. She arms herself with her father's .38 caliber pistol to protect herself and pets, “She uses her gun as a last resort to scare away the animals, she said.‘We have coyotes, rattlesnakes and packs of dogs that roam around … The coyotes I’ll shoot near if they try to come at my dogs or me, because they don’t seem to respond to yelling and throwing rocks at them’”(Huang). Without this firearm, she puts herself at risk of being mutilated by the coyotes and having her livelihood stolen from her. Since she lives far away from the authorities, there is the issue of whether or not they would be able to reach her in time to prevent an incident. By having a gun, she is able to secure herself and her property and still have the authorities by her side.

Although many will query of whether or not more guns make Americans safer, it has been proven by the National Crime Victimizations Survey that owning a firearm can be beneficial in the “Journal of Quantitative Criminology: Defensive Gun Uses: New Evidence from a National Survey”, “The most recent published estimates from NCVS data suggest 108,000 defensive gun uses (DGUs) annually (Cook et al., 1997)” (Cook and Ludwig). Despite the fact that this data is from 1997, the constant need for protection and vigilance has not lessened over the years but risen especially with recent events. DGUs are essential for Americans especially with laws that now allow open carry. The impact of these laws can be seen in Texas, where people are concerned that with these open carry laws it may bring a danger to their families. In Tom Dart’s article, “Open carry of handguns in Texas: fear for some but 'everybody else is packing” gives air to the fear that some has towards open carry laws “It’s about whether when I’m taking my children to a restaurant, if I’m having to assess whether a gentleman who walks into a restaurant with a gun on his hip is using it for his own personal safety, whether he intends to hold up the restaurant, or whether he might lose his temper later on.”(Dart). Citizens are taking a risk by simply leaving their homes because of these laws, and by having a firearm themselves they then have the reassurance for oneself that they will be able to protect themselves.

In the DailyMail article, “Why Americans SHOULD Be Allowed Guns”, examines the benefit of owning a gun. During March 2013, Erin Martin a homeowner in Utah living with his fiancee and her son were placed in potential danger when an intruder entered their home. With his family in danger, Martin had the security of a firearm that would protect himself and his family, “When Mr. Martin pulled back on the gun's slide to load a bullet into the chamber, the man in the doorway bolted and the homeowner gave chase. Seconds later they were outside, but as the robber tried to escape, he tripped and fell … threatening to shoot when the man moved, and the pair remained in that position until police arrived”(DailyMail). With the ownership of a firearm, Martin saved his family and their property from prospective dangers. Having the ability to protect himself allowed him to restrain the thief as they waited for the police to arrive. Without a gun, the situation could have taken a much more drastic turn, luckily, Martin possessed a gun and was able to stop the intruder before any real harm could have been caused.
To conclude, having a gun is a great way to protect oneself from harm. By learning how to shoot and owning a gun it allows owners the assurance that they are able to protect not only themselves but their loved ones as well against danger. With recent gun laws allowing open carry, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry when taking your families lives into consideration.

Works Cited

Atwan, Robert, Valerie Duff-Strautmann, and Greg Atwan. “America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals.” Bedford/St. Martin's, 2017. Print.

Cook, Philip J. , and Jens Ludwig. “Defensive Gun Uses: New Evidence from a National Survey.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology , 1998.

Dart, Tom. “Open carry of handguns in Texas: fear for some but 'everybody else is packing'.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 1 Jan. 2016.

Frum, David. “Do guns make us safer?” CNN, Cable News Network, 30 July 2012.

Huang, Cindy. “Why I Carry A Gun.” PBS NewsHour, Public Broadcasting Service, 10 Sept. 2013. Print.

Reporter, Daily Mail. “'I Needed to Protect My Family': Why Americans SHOULD Be Allowed Guns, Says Man Who Caught Home Intruder and Held Him until Police Arrived.” Daily Mail Online, Associated Newspapers, 15 Apr. 2013

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18 Bible Verses That Prove God Would NOT Be 'Pro-Life'

Stop using the Bible as an excuse to take away women's rights.


"Abortion is WRONG because God (the highest authority) says so! Not because I say so, or "religious" people say so or the government says so...because the CREATOR OF ALL HUMAN LIFE SAYS SO."

This argument is bullshit and I'm sick of hearing it, because it just isn't true. All these Christians claim that the Bible and God says that abortion is wrong, and it's clear they've never read the Bible. Have you ever seen them use a biblical verse to validate their claims? Yeah, me neither. And you know why? BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS NOT PRO-LIFE. They pick and choose vague verses to attempt to back up these ridiculous claims, completely ignoring the damning evidence that the Bible, and therefore God, actually supports child murder, infanticide, and abortion.

Unlike pro-lifers, I'll actually provide some evidence:

1. Numbers 31:17 "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him"

2. Deuteronomy 2:34 "And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain"

3. Deuteronomy 28:53 "And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the seige, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee"

4. 1 Samuel 15:3 "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"

5. Isaiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished"

6. Isaiah 13:18 "Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children"

7. Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house"

8. Hosea 9:14 "Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts"

9. Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up"

10. 2 Kings 2:24 "And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them"

11. Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones"

12. Numbers 5:21 "-here the priest is to put the woman under his curse- "may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell"

13. Hosea 9:16 "Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb"

14. Psalm 135:8 "He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast;"

15. Psalm 136:10 "-to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever"

16. 2 Kings 6:28-29 "And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.So we boiled by son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son"

17. Leviticus 26:29 "And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat"

18. Jeremiah 11:22 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:"

Stop using your religion to try and push propoganda that "God says abortion is wrong because it kills innocent children." Clearly your God doesn't care about killing children. There is more than enough proof that the Bible and God are NOT pro-life. Stop acting like you're good Christians upholding the values of God when you clearly haven't picked up the Bible and actually read it. God doesn't agree with your backwards thinking. Maybe try do your research before spewing your religious bullshit to try and take away women's rights.

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