How Bad Gun Control May Cause Good Citizens to Be Unprotected

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COMMENTARY | As a single mother, I have concerns about gun control. I can see both side of the issue, yet I find myself sometimes wishing I had an arsenal in my house. When the actions of delinquents affect my family, I begin to have an interest in personal protection.

Recently, my car's rear window was shot out by an unknown assailant while I was asleep with my kids. I called the police, but they couldn't do anything about it, leaving me shaken with the following advice: "Keep your eyes peeled for any suspicious activity."

I wanted to ask what I was supposed to do if I did notice anything odd. Was I supposed to wait for help while I was robbed or while my family was hurt? Was I expected to fend for myself against a gun with a kitchen knife? According to the FBI, there were 8,583 deaths by firearm in 2011. Most people would say that's a reason for stricter gun control laws, but I think less people would be killed by violent criminals if those people met that criminal at the broken window with a pistol of their own.

I think we as American citizens should uphold the constitutional right to bear arms. It's obvious we can't always depend on the swiftness of the police to serve and protect, and we must sometimes serve and protect for the people, by the people.

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