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More gun owners, fewer gun laws

Ann Stull 1:37 p.m. ET March 22, 2017

Shooting with a pistol. 
Man aiming pistol in shooting range.
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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.

ANN STULL

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