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Armed Citizens Save Lives

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By Jason Ouimet
Interim Executive
Director, NRA-ILA

YOUR MEMBERSHIP
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upporters of the Second Amendment
know there are innumerable
hypothetical arguments against
anti-gun policies, and unending amounts
of statistical evidence that show the abject
failure of gun-control laws to have any
discernible impact on efforts to diminish
violent crime. And when extremists
opposed to our rights roll out the tired,
overused phrase, "If it saves one life," we
know they have abandoned all logic and
are simply resorting to an unprovable
argument.
The notion that anti-gun laws might save
a single life-let alone help to lower the
near record low rate of violent crime-is
predicated on a flawed concept that criminals
will obey such laws.
They don't, of course, which is why we call
them criminals.
Now, the pro-gun community could
always use our opponents' tactics and ask
of a gun-control proposal, "What if it costs
lives?" Just as hard to prove? Maybe not.
While anecdotal evidence is not useful for
confirming theories, it often can be effective
when trying to illustrate a point. And every
month, NRA Publications include anecdotal
evidence that lives are saved by making sure
law-abiding citizens have access to the best
means of defense.
We call it "The Armed Citizen."
Although the stories in The Armed
Citizen are presented simply to show how
law-abiding gun owners protect themselves
and others through the safe, responsible
use of firearms, putting such stories in the
context of why anti-gun laws are dangerous
is sometimes necessary.
On July 16, a San Diego, Calif.,
homeowner was assaulted and stabbed by
a burglar. While the victim's wife called 911,
his 20-year-old son retrieved a firearm and
shot the attacker, who stumbled from the
home and died. After authorities arrived,
paramedics took the wounded homeowner
to the hospital where he was admitted in
stable condition.
A greater tragedy for the homeowner
and his family was likely averted because of
quick thinking by the son and quick access to
a firearm. Had the home invasion taken place
two weeks later, however, the outcome may
have been much different.
On July 30, the San Diego City Council
gave final approval for a new ordinance that
requires gun owners to store firearms in the
home in a locked container or with a trigger
lock. Those found not in compliance face up
to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
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So, had the ordinance been in place, and
had the homeowners been in compliance,
the assailant's attack would have certainly
continued for the additional time it would have
taken for the son to either remove the firearm
from the storage device or remove the trigger
lock. That is, if he even knew how to do so.
When lives are at stake, as in this case, every
second counts, and it is almost guaranteed
that the assailant would have done more
damage in the time granted him by the city
council. Perhaps his attack would have even
spread to the other occupants of the home.
And what if the homeowners had decided
to not obey the tragically flawed ordinance?
Would there now be the threat of jail time for
simply deciding they knew the best, safest
method for storing a personal-protection
firearm?
One-size-fits-all mandatory-storage laws
are a real threat to the safety of law-abiding
gun owners-as this case clearly highlights.
But they are not, by any stretch of the
imagination, the only threat.
The NRA is often vilified by anti-gun
extremists for its support of laws that
ensure law-abiding citizens can legally carry
concealed firearms for personal protection.
We began a concerted push for such laws
with the passage of Florida's shall-issue permit
system in 1987. Illinois had no mechanism for
the lawful carrying of firearms for personal
protection until years of lobbying pressure
from NRA members and victories in the courts
culminated in the passage of that state's shallissue permit law in 2013.
The gun-ban community has long
opposed right-to-carry laws. But in June, a
good guy with a gun (and a carry permit)
stopped two armed criminals in Chicago
from what was clearly an attempt to murder
another man.
A June 7 Chicago Sun-Times story
reported that two armed men approached a
22-year-old male and began firing at him. A
carry-permit holder seated in his car exited
his vehicle with his firearm and shot both
assailants. The 22-year-old survived, and the
permit holder was uninjured. Without that
permit holder's lawfully carried firearm and
quick action, the attack would have surely
ended quite differently-and likely tragically.
Anti-gun approaches to violent crime-
like mandatory storage or prohibiting
concealed carry-are not just flawed
approaches to addressing
criminal activity, they are
potentially deadly for
law-abiding gun owners
and other citizens.

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