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Szeliga: There’s Nothing Scary or Violent About Americans’ Increased Appetite for Gun Ownership

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Marchelle Tigner, a firearms instructor, teaches a group of women how to identify which eye is their dominant eye during a class in Lawrenceville, Ga. Tigner’s goal is to train 1 million women how to shoot a gun in her lifetime. She is among the nation’s black women gun owners who say they are picking up firearms for self-protection. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

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Today’s gun buyer understands the serious responsibility as they lawfully take ownership of their firearms and exercise their right to keep and bear arms and provide self-defense. As a state and nation, we celebrate Americans exercising our God-given rights. We cherish our First Amendment freedoms. We hold free speech and our right to protest as sacrosanct. Our religious liberties to worship our Creator in a manner of our choosing is vital. The same holds true for our Second Amendment rights.

Denigrating our Second Amendment rights to a second-class right denigrates the value of our freedoms we hold high as Americans.

Those opposed to firearms want citizens to believe that owning a gun is scary and dangerous for the gun owner and their family. The truth is that in the more than 100 years that data has been collected, accidental deaths from firearms have decreased 95%. In 2018 (the most recent available year), there were 458 fatal firearms-related accidents in our country, the lowest since at least 1903.

Critics of Americans taking ownership of their Second Amendment rights use fearmongering and half-truths. They paint gun owners as would-be abusers or suicidal, as murders in waiting. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a diverse citizenry purchasing firearms today, and they’re doing so to provide for their family’s safety. It is their constitutional right to do so.

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