Government & Constitution

N.Y. Self-Defense Shooting Underscores Need for Private Firearm Ownership

“Somebody tried to mug me, and I shot him,” said New Yorker Margaret Johnson after a perpetrator ripped off her necklace, choked her and tried to grab her purse, reported the New York media over the weekend.

This incident offers a graphic illustration of the need for gun ownership on the part of law-abiding American citizens.

It shows up the stupidity of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others like him who oppose a loosening of firearm laws and seek a strengthening of such regulations.

Regardless of their intentions, the gun grabbers’ campaign against gun ownership on the part of law-abiding citizens and against the firearm industry in effect is an attack on both personal and public safety.

Guns save lives. Guns protect the innocent.

Ms. Johnson, a Harlem resident, was in a motorized scooter when she was attacked. If she did not have her .357 handgun with her and knew how to use it, she would have been an easy victim for 45-year-old Deron Johnson, who police say attacked her from behind. As it is, he wound up in Harlem Hospital Center with a single bullet wound in the elbow, and will face robbery charges.

Ms. Johnson was treated for minor injuries. Since she was on her way to a nearby gun range and has a firearm permit allowing her to keep the gun at home and carry it to and from a range, she will not be charged with any violation. Lucky for her, since it’s so difficult for even the most law-abiding citizens to obtain handgun carry permits in Bloomberg’s hoplophobic New York.

The fact of the matter is that law-abiding citizens use firearms millions of times each year in the United States to prevent crimes or to interrupt them.

According to survey material developed by criminology professor Gary Kleck of Florida State University, there are about 2.5 million defensive gun uses each year in the United States, and 1.8 million of them are defensive handgun uses.

Former resident scholar John R. Lott Jr. of the American Enterprise Institute has demonstrated that when jurisdictions enact laws enabling law-abiding citizens to acquire permits to carry concealed firearms, the rates of violent crime take a nose dive in those jurisdictions.

The scholarly research as well as tons of individual incidents such as the one which occurred with 56-year-old wheelchair-bound Margaret Johnson in New York Friday demonstrate that decent people need guns and access to them for their safety and for that of the public. People need to be able to protect their lives and safety and the lives and safety of their loved ones from violent criminal predators. Politicians, academics, journalists, church officials and others who don’t understand this or who refuse to admit it really just don’t get it.

Guns save lives. Guns protect the innocent.

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