His father was being stabbed by a home intruder. John grabbed his father’s licensed firearm and shot the intruder, saving his 54-year old father’s life.
The true names in this story aren’t disclosed. But this is a true story.
It’s a story that should remind those who want to infringe upon our right to bear arms of what our Second Amendment stands for: it gives people the choice, the right and freedom to defend themselves.
We as Americans and as humans have a right to defend ourselves when law enforcement is delayed or in the absence of law enforcement. Sadly, there is a time lag between when 911 is dialed and when law enforcement arrives.
Back in July, a 61-year old disabled man shot and killed four armed intruders after they broke into his home. Earlier that day, the 61-year old noticed one of the intruders looking through the glass window of his home. The intruders targeted the older man because they thought he couldn’t defend himself.
Pastor Clifton “Brent” Adams can also speak to his right to bear arms. The armed robber had thrown a brick through the Seminole Heights Baptist Church. He was about to run off with a laptop belonging to the church before Pastor Clifton caught him. The Pastor held the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived.
Source: Wintery Knight
Law enforcement did arrive in both cases. But the 61-year old was disabled and there were multiple armed intruders. The homeowner didn’t have time to dial 911. If the 61-year did not have his firearm, he may have indeed been the victim.
In the case of the Baptist Church, the burglar would have stolen a valuable item had the Pastor not intervened with his firearm.
Also overlooked: most gun owners don’t keep guns to harm others. David Cameron of New Hampshire had just returned home with his two children when he saw a burglar attempting to break into his house. Cameron pulled his licensed firearm on the intruder and held him until police arrived.
"Because you never know who is going to do you harm” said Cameron.
"I was at the zoo yesterday with my children. It was a great day, we had fun, and then there was a situation".
Hunting and fishing are American past-times. The U.S. Department of the Interior reported that as of 2017, more Americans are participating in hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching.
Former Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke reversed an order that would have banned lead ammo on wildlife lands. He did this knowing that hunting, as a recreational activity, promotes awareness of our natural lands.
Zinke said in 2017:
“Hunting and fishing are a part of American heritage…I know how important it is to expand access for future generations”.
Before our Second Amendment right is tampered with, we must holistically consider violence related to guns.
Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Suicide is the result of two-thirds of gun-related violence. Suicide is also the most common interaction of mental illness. Compared to other countries that restrict civilians’ right to bear arms, the U.S. has a low suicide rate linked to firearms.
The World Health Organization defines mental illness as a medical condition that causes behavioral or psychological symptoms that damages a person’s ability to think, feel, and relate to others.
This often causes “a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life”.
Seth Aaron Ator, the man who shot 29 people in West Texas, was banned from legally buying firearms because a judicial court determined him mentally unfit. In fact, on the day he committed the shootings, Ator was fired from his job, then called the police and FBI “with rambling statements” about what he was about to do.
It’s clear that mental illness plays a factor when people, not firearms, commit unlawful acts with guns.
Unfortunately, those who use firearms for unlawful means will always exist. But we can’t let the acts of a few detract from the liberties that we as Americans have a right to.
The Second Amendment was written by our founding fathers so we as law-abiding Americans have the means to defend ourselves and our families when no one else can.
It’s for this reason that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”