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“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

Thomas Jefferson

Anyone who is familiar with my latest book, “Freedom from Conscience – Descent into Darkness” may recall the scene involving the heroine, Melanie Lindberg, having to take on some very dangerous, and well-armed, corrupt police officials.  In the series she has always found other means by which to defend herself, or go after dangerous people she deems worthy of eradication, but at the point she is forced to take on organized crime and corruption, then guns become part of the story line.

Sometimes fact is best illustrated in fiction. That said, there is a bumper-sticker many Americans have probably seen that reads, “God made man, but Samuel Colt made them equal.” In the story neither of the two central characters, Melanie or Katja Ivanova, are described as masculine in the least; yet they have adversaries who are indeed advantaged over them in strength and ruthlessness. Guns equalize the odds.  Yet is fiction a good illustration of fact?

Well, I would ask people to place themselves in the shoes of a would-be rapist or general bad-guy attacker. You are in America. You live in a state with concealed-carry rights.  Is the woman you see hiking alone in the forest armed or not? It is a question that even the most deranged individual must ask.  So let us suppose you know they have no weapon, you are ten miles away from any police station. Even if she could manage to call 9-11 and even give her location what are the odds the knights in shining armor will come to the rescue in time?

The right to own a gun not only is a deterrence that protects the gun-packing 5ft tall young woman who likes to be alone in nature but also lowers the odds of attack for the 6ft tall anti-gun man who also loves to hike alone, but feels guns are inherently evil. You see, a person with evil intent in their heart has no clue which one might possess his ticket to the afterlife. We can never know how many violent attacks have been prevented because of private gun ownership any more than we can know for certain that nuclear weapons prevented WW3 between the West and the old Soviet Union, yet most assume such weapons did indeed maintain the peace in Europe.

Apparently with gun sales skyrocketing, especially amongst American women, people wish to deter crime being inflicted upon them.  I do not want to get into a long debate of statistics but I will note that most anti-gun memes out there lump together police shootings, suicides and even cases of victims taking out a would-be perpetrator into the category of “gun deaths in America” which conveys a mental image that may not reflect overall reality. It would be akin to saying that people who are driving to the store and get killed in a car accident should be categorized as having died in a food-related fatality.

In an article appearing in the January 2, 2008 “Mail Online” titled, “I’ve got my Tomb Raider guns – and I’m not afraid to use them” Angelina Jolie presents her insights on guns and I believe she represents the mainstream of American society. I would strongly encourage people to look up the article as I believe what she says about guns reflects American attitudes, but in a way that people may be more apt to relate to than when a politician speaks about gun ownership.

In conclusion I do believe that the instinct to protect ones-self and loved ones is the primary drive that is propelling gun sales, particularly with women. And while the chance of becoming a victim of violent crime is relatively low, so is the risk of being involved in a serious car wreck; yet we take precautions by wearing seat belts and acquiring insurance nonetheless, right?