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    Posted December 23, 2012 by
    Savannah, Georgia
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    Gun control debate: Background checks

    Once, I Refused To Own A Gun

    When I decided to live in town after a divorce some few years ago, I had believed for years that it was not necessary to own a weapon for self defense. I didn't have too many choices because of the recent financial impact regarding options.

    It was a bit of a surprise to learn a drug dealer lived two houses away. I witnessed people shooting at each other and there was a constant firing of guns almost everyday coming from any direction.

    I started small with and automatic 9mm pistol under my pillow. After I better understood the city and how to be safe in it, I noticed the criminals were using assault weapons to invade homes and apartments and commit other crimes around the area. Some criminals were better armed than the police.

    My brother was shotdown in Vietnam by an AK47 and between his experience and my own interest, I decided to purchase a Romanian version that was converted to meet US gun regulations.

    Besides the novelty, I do enjoy target practice with it. Still, I justified it as home protection. Often times, the invaders here come in threes and I feel like the odds are better for me with it than with a seven shot pistol.

    I don't share the popular belief that such guns have no purpose, nor that banning them will protect us any more from bad guys who should not have guns of any kind. I guarantee you that most of these bad guys here are not legal purchasers or permit carrying types. I venture to say there are all stolen and nobody knows who is in possession of them.

    I've read so many comments on CNN lately this is a battle no side will win. My heart breaks for those people in CT. Still, there is a shooting here in this small city almost everyday--taking or wounding one person at a time. Until we figure out how to keep criminals out of our homes at night, I will not be willing to hand mine over. I have little ones too, and I refuse to let a murderer take them without a fight. I wish not to ever have to use it.

    I will continue to hope for a better world for us all to live in, but I don't think gun control is the answer for people like me who cannot count on such regulation to protect my home and family.
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