It’s pathetic that the anti-gun folks feel the need to misconstrue the facts in order to further their agendas. If indeed the Martin/Zimmerman tragedy had happened the way Ellen B. Davis stated (“Do we want to live in a state where aggressive people are free to use guns?,” AFN, July 19) Mr. Zimmerman would have been convicted. End of story. Fortunately, the justice system worked.
Ms. Davis also stated that the stand your ground law is even more dangerous in Arizona because people can carry a concealed firearm and that violent persons are allowed to carry. In reality, persons in Arizona convicted of a felony cannot lawfully have a gun.
In truth, the stand your ground and self-defense laws are designed for law-abiding citizens to be able to protect and defend themselves and their families. Look no further than the failed experiment called Chicago. The city with the most restrictive gun laws has the highest murder rate in the country. Go figure. I haven’t heard a good explanation on that stat.
What doesn’t make the news or stats is that guns also SAVE lives, often times without even pulling the trigger (I challenge Ms. Davis and others to pick up a copy of America’s 1st Freedom and turn to the Armed Citizen page).
The enforcement of the thousands of laws already on the books concerning firearms and criminals would keep us all safer, and they could start in Chicago. Disarming your law-abiding neighbors who may possibly be the one who saves your life someday doesn’t make any sense.