There are nations around the world that do not allow their citizens to carry firearms. America is not one of them and it never should be. As our founders knew all too well, a citizenry must have the ability to defend themselves against an oppressive government, even if it’s one’s own government.
Chicago doesn’t seem to get this. They continue to allow criminals to get guns through various sources while preventing law-abiding citizens from carrying them. Here’s the thing. In a nation with over 300 million firearms, there are two choices. You can either take them all away or allow the people to have the rights granted to them by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution to defend themselves, their families, and their neighborhoods, or you can take all of the guns away completely. Since the second option is (thankfully) impossible, it’s time for Chicago to reverse their position and allow their citizens to defend themselves.
As the New York Daily News reported, Chicago with its incredibly Draconian gun laws had more homicides in 2016 than New York and Los Angeles combined.
The data released Sunday are staggering, even for those who followed the steady news accounts of weekends ending with dozens of shootings and monthly death tolls that hadn’t been seen in years. The increase in homicides compared to 2015, when 485 were reported, is the largest spike in 60 years.
New York City logged 334 homicides in 2016, according to NYPD data. LAPD data shows that there were 294 homicides in Los Angeles in 2016.
The people have the right to defend themselves. You can’t stop the forces of evil from arming themselves, whether it’s with guns, knives, trucks, or bombs. Instead of taking guns off the street, now is the time to put more guns in the hands of people who can make a difference. When the police can’t handle it, the only line of defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.