Ann Stull 1:37 p.m. ET March 22, 2017
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Gun control legislation should be reduced within the United States, because the Second Amendment grants the right to bear arms, self-defense is a justifiable reason to own a firearm, and gun control does not deter criminals.
In 2010, Supreme Court justices ruled in favor of the Second Amendment. Justice Samuel Alito wrote, "... the right to self-defense protected by the Second Amendment is fundamental to the American conception of ordered liberty."
In 2015, a study conducted by Harvard and Northeastern universities polled 4,000 gun owners and found that 63 percent own a gun to protect themselves from others.
Gun ownership deters criminal activity. A recent study by Dr. John Lott Jr. shows that enactment of concealed handgun laws correlates with a decrease in the rates of murder, rape and robbery. This phenomenon is credited to criminals being uncertain of which victims can protect themselves and citizens have a better opportunity to defend themselves.
As a lifetime NRA member, I hold gun rights close to my heart. Not only is it a popular opinion that it is quite literally our right to bear arms, but it is also proven that gun ownership would be more beneficial to us than tighter gun legislation.