After the Parkland, Florida school shooting, some legislators have called on Congress to allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use taxpayer dollars to promote gun control and conduct gun violence research.
Gun rights advocate say that this research would likely fuel a liberal political agenda as the CDC has a history of anti-gun bias. An official with the CDC has even gone so far as to say that the CDC’s goal is to promote the perception that gun ownership is deadly and dirty.
Gun rights advocates say that before research is conducted by the government into gun violence, policy analysts and health researchers should remember that firearms save lives as well as take them.
Millions of people in America legally own a firearm. The purpose of their gun ownership is self-defense. Most people do not draw their weapons in anger. In fact, one study found that the use of guns for self-defense is a common occurrence. The researchers found that defensive gun use by victims is at least as common as offense use by criminals. Another study estimated that more than 160,000 cases happen each year where someone would likely have been killed if they had not used a gun protection.
A recent case in Arizona shows exactly how helpful guns can be in preventing an attack. Tucson Police say and that a woman shot a carjacker outside a store after he tried to attack her. The woman had just finished shopping and had left the store when the man accosted her. As the victim was closing her vehicle’s door, the attacker threatened her with a machete.
The suspect demanded the woman’s car keys likely thinking that the innocent woman was an easy target. However, that would not turn out to be the case. The ‘victim’ immediately spring into action. She retrieved her handgun from the vehicle and told the man to leave. He ignored her and raised his weapon. Fearing for her life, the woman shot the carjacker.
Tucson Sergeant Kimberly Bay told reporters that the woman prevented the suspect from leaving the scene. The police finally arrived to the scene, which was located on the south side of Tucson. They found the suspect, an adult male, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound.
The carjacking victim stayed at the scene to speak with officers. The fire department rendered aid to the man. He is currently hospitalized and recovering. Once released from the hospital, the man faces charges. So, the would-be carjacker not only was not successful in his robbery attempts, but he now has a gunshot wound for his trouble.
One of the takeaways from this incident is the importance of being armed at all times. The woman was lucky that she had access to her firearm. Guns do save lives when used in the right way as this incident clearly shows.
~ Firearm Daily