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Gun Control – The Flip Side

Since the terrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary there have been very many people pushing for the control of guns, meaningCampitelli that guns should be banned or the guidelines for acquiring a firearm must become very strict. Those in favor of new controls on guns do not believe in the benefits of having a concealed weapon for defense. The masses base a lot of their beliefs on what the media imparts on us as viewers, rarely if at all seeing the flip side. One of those stories includes one from KHOU, a news station in Houston, Texas, on February 22 of this year. Three violent thieves invaded a home with a middle aged couple residing there with their twenty-one year old son. The intruders violently attacked the father, forcibly shoving him to the ground before moving on to his wife. Their son, thinking quickly went into his father’s bedroom and grabbed his dad’s gun; he then proceeded to open fire on the three intruders. One of the violent thieves was killed. The other two were captured and taken into custody by the Houston police. If not for their son’s quick thinking and his access to a weapon used in his defense, he and his family could have been seriously injured or worse they could have been killed. After the incident the Houston news station that broke this story interviewed one of the family’s neighbors; the neighbor was behind the action that their son took in defending his parents. He agrees that guns should be used as self defense and should not be taken away from the public. The neighbor went on to say that, “People can’t go breaking into people’s homes and not expect some sort of consequence.” In this case the use of a firearm in self defense saved the lives of this Houston family.

Another story was broken in Texas this last Friday by the KTRK Houston news team about two armed robbers that broke into a gold and diamond jewelry store at around 10:30 in the morning. The two armed robbers held the owner of the store at gunpoint but while trying to steal the goods in the store. The owner Harry Little, pulled out a gun and in self defense against the armed robbers and fired a shot at the thieves. Mr. Little shot missed but it was enough for the armed robbers to flee without stealing anything and everyone in the store was unharmed. An eye witness recounted the incident by saying, “Harry Little pulled out his gun and shot. The shot missed; the minute the shot rang out they all just took off, took off around the corner and ran out.” This incident in Houston was another example of how guns can save the lives of people. The store owner Mr. Little acted in the defense of himself, his property and to protect others in his store. This is one of those stories that the major public is not exposed to because media controls content. Showing how guns can be used for good and not for evil acts is not always good for ratings.

In my opinion, America is exposed to what the media controls and we do not often get to see the upside of weapons being used in self-defense or the stories of help and security guns can provide for us as every day civilians. These two recent examples from Houston show us how guns as defensive weapons, used correctly can save lives of people in danger. Although the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary was a horrific tragedy, it was played over and over again in the media, imbedding in our minds how guns in the wrong hands can cause so much pain and suffering fueling those in favor of gun control. Sandy Hook, Columbine and the theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado, may have been prevented or at least thwarted if a civilian had a gun. Taking away the toy guns of children or the gun rights of law abiding, responsible citizens will not keep the guns out of the hands of criminals.

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  1. February 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I’m so proud of you, Corbin!!

    Nice job – a very thoughtful and well-written reflection. I’ve just tweeted out a link to the post, too… I’m hopeful that it’ll get lots of page views.

  2. Anonymous
    February 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Great work Corbin! The nation should be proud of you! I know your school, parents and
    Grandparents are proud of you.

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