Why the Second Amendment Is Right

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Should people have the right to bear arms? George Washington once said, “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.” Americans need to fight to keep the second amendment. Gun ownership is necessary for self defense in your home and on the streets and to decrease crime in communities and neighborhoods; and taking away the Second Amendment will make America less of a free country. Eliminating the second Amendment will make it harder for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves against psychos with guns. The first reason why citizens should be allowed to have guns for self defense on the street and in their homes is the fact that police are not required to protect every individual. The former Florida Attorney General Jim Smith told Florida legislators that police responded to only 28.57% of calls for help to Dade County authorities. He was asked why so many citizens in Dade County were buying guns and he responded, “they d*** well better, they’ve got to protect themselves.” The Department of Justice discovered that in 1989 there were 168,881 crimes of violence which were not responded to by police within one hour. On average it takes 15-30 minutes for police officers to get to a crime scene. Taking away the Second Amendment is like taking away the right for citizens to protect themselves. Did you know that currently there are almost 1,700 citizens per police officer? So it’s concluded that the police might not always be there to protect you; that’s why citizens need guns. The Virginia Tech shooting would never have happened if those students were armed as indicated in Document 3. In document 4, Parker County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Morgan said it could take 30 seconds just for a 911 call to be answered. Also in Document 6, supporters of the legislation
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