- Posted July 24, 2012 by
Chicago, IL 60636-3721
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun ownership in America
Why I own guns: From A Chicago South Sider
- stein0726, CNN iReport producer
The Second Amendment guarantees our right to firearm ownership the same as our individual right to choose any religion, have due process, and the right of the people peaceably to assemble. I believe firearm ownership is essential whether you're a hunter in Bozeman, Montana, a farmer in Indiana, or a family on the south side of Chicago. The United States Supreme Court has already declared that the second amendment is a fundamental individual right that applies to everyone. Throughout the country gun laws are stretch from strict to socially reasonable & acceptable(common sense gun laws).
Growing up on the south side of Chicago has allowed me to see where the true problems lie in gun violence and gun control. As i travel throughout the country from time to time i see how different life can be with just a few adjustments. I ask myself, how does a state with the strictest gun laws have such a high gun related homicide rate.
Why do states like Arizona do not have the same numbers when their laws are looser and open carry of a firearm is allowed there. Gun laws are just invisible lines that some respect and do not cross. They offer an illusion of safety, as we deter away from the real problems. The thugs in the streets at night are young men. Somehow their parents failed in teaching them how to live a responsible life, and the school system failed in teaching them the potential that everyone in the world has. The issue of violence in movies,music, & Tv goes farther than just guns.
"Guns are an issue on which city people and country people will never agree. In the city, guns mean murder. In the country, guns mean sport, hunting and protection for homes far away from the nearest police officer. One thing we can agree on is that the country is winning the debate." - Edward Mcclelland
Gun control can only go so far, when you limit the access/availability to weapons it doesn't do much good since evil has as much patience as a snail. If someone is determined in taking lives they will find a way. Its time we stop looking at the tools of destruction and focus on the people who use them.
I've been fortunate enough to see what happens on both sides of the gun.
I own a gun simply because it is a tool that i'd rather have and never use, rather than have a situation head my way and not have it. When seconds count. . . . . . the police are only minutes away.