When our country was first founded, the importance of gun ownership was widely known. Today, Republicans seem to be the only ones who still understand that guns are necessary to protect the most vulnerable. Despite the countless examples proving this to be true, Democrats appear to believe that people shouldn’t be able to defend themselves from dangerous criminals.
However, if people aren’t allowed to own a gun they could easily be taken advantage of by criminals. Firearms are important because they stop this from happening. If someone feels their life is in danger, they can use a handgun or rifle to eliminate the threat. This is what recently happened to a burglar in Nevada. He apparently broke into a house and attempted to rob the person inside. However, he didn’t realize that the homeowner was armed and as a consequence, was shot dead.
Last Thursday at about one o’clock in the morning, Las Vegas police officers responded to a 911 call at the Arcadia Palms Apartments. The caller told the dispatcher that an armed intruder destroyed his front door in order to break into his house and rob him. As an act of self-defense, he claimed that he shot the burglar, but was not injured himself. When police arrived, the criminal was found dead. The shooter was outside with a friend, holding the gun, but set it down when officers asked him to put it down. Investigators determined that the intruder was armed with a handgun and forced open the front door. It’s not clear whether or not they knew each other.
The situation is currently still under investigation. However, since Nevada has a “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force when acting in self-defense, it’s likely that he won’t be charged with anything. This is because it’s clear that he acted lawfully. He was inside his home at the time of the attack and took the appropriate measures to save his own life. By bashing in the front door, the intruder demonstrated that he was obviously extremely violent, striking fear in the homeowner. On top of that, since the burglar was also armed, his life was in even greater danger.
His neighbors appeared to support what he did. One of them, Monique Kirstein, said, “if he broke into his house, in my personal opinion I would have done the same thing if somebody tries to steal from me I would shoot of course you’re trying to protect yourself.”
Another neighbor, Aja Lynn, agreed with Kirstein, adding, “of course I’d do the same thing.” Additionally, she let reporters know that the neighborhood was known to be a pretty bad area. “My brother’s girlfriend was dropping me off at home and said this was a bad area,” she noted. As an example, she said her next door neighbor’s car was recently stolen.
In Oklahoma, there was a similar situation. Three masked intruders, armed with weapons, broke into a house. Two people were home at the time. One of the residents heard some commotion and brought his AR-15 with him to investigate. He recognized that he was outnumbered when he stumbled upon the three intruders. Fearing for his life, he shot and killed them all.
He is also not expected to be charged. Oklahoma has a similar “Stand Your Ground” law, which states that a person “has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his/her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he/she is not engaged in an unlawful activity and is attacked in any place where he/she has a right to be, if he/she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself/herself/another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”
The authoritarian left needs to understand that situations like these are why gun rights need to be protected. Without a gun, he would’ve been killed by the armed intruder. The Second Amendment is the only reason he’s alive today. Despite this, Democrats continue to push for legislation that would essentially disarm law abiding citizens.
Fortunately, legislators in Iowa appreciate the liberty and freedom granted to Americans in the Constitution. They recently approved a bill dramatically expanding the rights of gun owners. It passed the state Senate 33 to 17 and the House, 57 to 36. If signed by their Governor, Terry Branstad (R), Iowa would be the latest state to pass a “Stand Your Ground” Law.
The law would allow someone to use force, including deadly force, if they feel their life is in danger and gives gun owners the ability to sue local governments over gun-free zones. It would also allow children under 14 who are supervised by someone 21 and older to use a pistol or revolver. On top of that, it would legalize concealed-carry at state capitol buildings and prevents government officials from confiscating firearms during state emergencies. It would also make the records of permit holders confidential and legalizes short-barreled rifles and shotguns. Additionally, if an armed criminal breaks the law but doesn’t use his weapon in any way, prosecutors wouldn’t be able to add an additional gun charge.
Even President Donald Trump and federal legislators are fighting for gun rights. Just recently, Trump signed a bill passed by both the house and senate ordering a rollback on gun restrictions for people with certain medical conditions, sparking outrage. Sen. Chris Murphy, (D-CT), a leading gun control advocate in Congress, claimed, “Republicans always say we don’t need new gun laws, we just need to enforce the laws already on the books. But the bill signed into law today undermines enforcement of existing laws that Congress passed to make sure the background check system had complete information.” However, the passage of this law restores the liberty to many law-abiding American citizens.
When an intruder breaks into a house, the best defense is a gun. However, the authoritarian left wants to change this. They are determined to repeal the Second Amendment. But they must not be allowed to disarm our country. If a person doesn’t have a gun, the outcome doesn’t tend to be in their favor. When they do have a gun, the situation usually ends much differently. Without guns to protect themselves, innocent people will die.