Gun ownership is a very divisive topic in our country. On one side, people simply see guns as these evil instruments of destruction. On the other hand, proponents argue that it is essential for protection and a part of who we are as Americans. The truth is much more nuanced than that. In some cases, guns might be the only solution and in others, guns might do more harm than good when placed in the wrong hands. In this article, we’re going to address some of the pros and cons of gun ownership.
Gun Ownership: The Cons
Gun Ownership isn’t for Everyone
While the 2nd amendment was guaranteed to us by our forefathers, I am completely against people who have received no safety training or have no idea on how to maintain guns properly owning one. Guns can be very dangerous in the hands of someone who simply doesn’t know what they’re doing. It is your responsibility as a gun owner to have your gun serviced regularly by a gunsmith and that you take safety courses to make sure you learn how to handle your gun properly.
Gun Ownership is Not a Guarantee of Safety
While owning a gun may fill you with a sense of safety, it is not a complete crime repellent. As such, you should also invest in other alternatives for safety, such as an advanced security system, guard dogs, etc. Also, being too trigger happy at any sign of disturbance can actually lead to unfortunate accidents.
Gun Ownership: The Pros
Guns Can Make the Difference Between a Life and Death Situation
Unfortunately, while gun control might seem like a panacea to some, depending on where your live, gun ownership might be primordial to your safety. Not only owning a gun, but knowing how to use it could literally save you live someday. This is why it is not only essential that you own a gun, but that you take the time to improve your skills so you can be effective if a dangerous situation arises.
To Make up for the Limitations of Law Enforcement
Home invasions are still very widespread in America and there is no better way to deter intruders than a firearm. Unfortunately, while law enforcement do their best to prevent cases, chances are they won’t be able to respond in time if you end up being a victim. As a matter of fact, according to FBI statistics, response times range from 4 minutes for the best in the country to over an hour in worst case scenarios. The national average is 11 minutes, more than enough for intruders to wreak havoc.
Gun ownership is definitely a must in certain situations. But what’s even more important is knowing how to use a gun responsibly. Make sure that you take the proper safety courses and learn how to use your gun like a professional. Also, make sure that you invest in other security measures as well to make sure that you don’t rely solely on your gun in case of emergency.
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