The constitutional right of Americans to own guns is under attack like never before. Yet the Framers found this right important enough to list second in the Bill of Rights:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
The Founding Fathers believed self-defense was a Biblical right to ensure citizens could defend themselves against any kind of illegal force --- from a neighbor, an outsider or their own government.
The anti-Second Amendment crowd believes they can regulate gun ownership based on the words "well regulated," but that intentionally ignores the Founders' meaning. It actually means well trained and prepared. However, regulation is exactly how they'll infringe on your Second Amendment rights. With 300 million guns currently owned by American citizens, it's not likely they'll be rounded up by some government agency. Instead, progressive liberals will do what they do best: apply massive regulations to drastically reduce your ability to purchase or own a firearm.
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Gun Control Part II: Effectiveness of Strict Gun Laws
France, Great Britain and Australian have some of the strictest gun laws in the world. In a mandatory government "buyback" program, Australian gun owners were forced to relinquish their guns --- or go to jail, removing nearly 661,000 guns from law-abiding Aussies. Citizens were paid for their guns, but how do you put a price on security and freedom? One gun owner said, There's no ifs or buts about it, by taking that gun away from me, they've stolen something from me.
How effective has Australia's gun control program been? The NRA reported on a University of Melbourne and British Journal of Criminology study that took place 12 years after the imposed ban. The cold, hard facts cannot be denied:
• Armed robberies skyrocketed 69 percent
• Assaults involving guns rose 28 percent
• Gun murders increased 19 percent
• Home invasions jumped 21 percent
Over and over, the evidence shows that banning guns and imposing strict laws consistently raises homicide rates.
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