A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.
- Sigmund Freud
The truth is often very simple. The law-abiding, gun-owning citizen is not the problem but for some reason is often the target of those who seek to disarm the populace.
The ability of a man to bear arms, whether his antagonist be foreign or domestic, a rogue government or a savage criminal, is a fundamental right of being a free man. That right is no less important, and many would argue even more so, than the right to free speech, assembly, press, or the freedom to worship God without government supervision, permission, or persecution. A man has not just the right, but the inherent obligation to protect his children, family, neighbors, community, and nation.
Free Americans should have the right to defend themselves from the more unsavory elements of society that attempt to prey upon or outright kill them.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
— Jefferson’s “Commonplace Book,” 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764
Read the the entire article at The Constitution Club blog.