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    Posted July 24, 2012 by
    Ellensburg, Washington
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Gun ownership in America

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    I am a proud owner of firearms


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DavidD of Ellensburg, Washington, advocates the right to bear arms. In this video, he shows his two Smith and Wesson firearms, which he owns for self-protection. DavidD says the implementation of more stringent gun control laws would not prevent tragedies such as the Colorado shooting from reoccurring. “I believe that if a mentally ill person, or anyone else with an agenda for that matter, wants to gain access to weapons, they will,” he says. DavidD is a former drug addict and criminal who was once stripped of his right to bear arms. “I was an alcoholic drug addict for the better part of my twenties, from just alcohol and marijuana to crack cocaine and meth. During the meth days I turned into a criminal. All morals out the window. Once I was able to get sober, I stopped the criminal behavior and changed my life.” He says his run-in with the law demonstrates the legitimacy and stringency of gun control in America: “The process that I went through, 15 years of not being able to possess firearms and then the process to petition the courts to get those rights back, was worth it. Worth it in the sense that it showed me that it is a privilege in our nation to be in possession of firearms. Now, looking back, there is a pretty good system in place for who can and who cannot possess firearms after certain crimes are committed.”

    DavidD was featured in a head-to-head debate on gun control. Watch it and let us know who you think won.
    - stein0726, CNN iReport producer

    I am proud owner of firearms. I regret, as does everyone else, what happened in Colorado. A sad, sad situation. It would have been nice if a responsible firearm owner would have been able to take this guy out before he killed and wounded so many others. My video gives my story.
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