Guns and Self-Defence
Dave Killion — August 26, 2010
As a former US Marine I have some experience with firearms, and although I have never developed a passion for guns, I appreciate the value in knowing basic marksmanship. It seems to me a skill worth learning and maintaining. To that end I have recently earned my Possession and Acquisition License and accepted a shotgun as a gift from a relative who didn’t use it very much. I also have begun asking people if they hunt or shoot, and what I have found is that there are a lot more gun owners than I suspected. Even more surprising are the number of owners who are indifferent to their ownership: people who bought or inherited a firearm years ago and never bothered to get rid of it when it lost its appeal. I know one fellow who had a handgun for two decades and his adult sons never even knew it. We are surrounded by law-abiding, armed citizens. These very same people get drunk and they have big fights with their kids and their spouses, and they get very angry with their bosses and their co-workers, but they are no threat at all. So why can’t they carry a handgun for self-defence?
It gets more curious. Consider the case of Lela Mae La France. Nearly two years ago La France was threatened with a sawed-off rifle by her abusive common-law husband. After escaping his attempt to pin her down and force sex on her she picked up the rifle he had set aside and killed him. In May of this year she was found to be acting in self-defence and therefore Not Guilty. Now La France is no candidate for Citizen of the Year, but she didn’t deserve beating or raping neither of which she could have prevented without that firearm.
So law-abiding citizens may own certain firearms, and anyone, law-abiding or not, may use a firearm in self-defence. Why then are law-abiding citizens deprived of their natural right to carry handguns for self-defence? It makes no sense that I can see.
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