ARMED & INFORMED
NEW BOOK BY GOTTLIEB AND WORKMAN PROVIDES YOU WITH THE FACTS YOU NEED TO WIN THE GUN CONTROL DEBATE
When we think of self-defense, normally guns, ammo and other related hardware are the things that instantly come to mind. But unless we arm ourselves with the appropriate facts and figures, we will lose the gun control debate and ultimately our right to bear arms. There’s lots of misinformation on the Internet, so what you need is an expert source.
Right to Carry, a new book by Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman of the Second Amendment Foundation, gives you that expert source. It sorts through the anti-gun arguments, misinformation and propaganda to present a clear picture of our Second Amendment and the efforts to demolish it. The book covers such topics as concealed and open carry, Constitutional (permitless) Carry, gun-free zones and stand-yourground statutes.
According to their research, 11- to 12 million-plus U.S. citizens are licensed to carry firearms. Their right to do so was reaffirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2008 Heller decision that the Second Amendment was an individual right, not merely a right of the states to form militias. And it’s big business, too. As of 2014, the economic impact of the firearms industry was a reported $42.9 billion.
And as the two writers point out, “The right to bear arms, by any rational definition, translates to being able to carry arms for all kinds of reasons, especially personal protection.” That’s important because you’re much more likely to have to defend yourself when you are away from home.
Gottlieb and Workman point out, however, that with the right comes responsibility to carry safely and wisely. “No civil right is unlimited. ‘Shall not be infringed’ does not mean people can be careless or negligent with firearms and get a pass.”
There continues to be places you cannot carry. Federal buildings—post offices, courthouses, military bases— are off limits. From there various state and sometimes local laws place further restrictions.
“It is incumbent upon the individual citizen to do a bit of research before making a foolish mistake that could cost someone his/her carry permit or license, and even result in a criminal conviction,” Gottlieb and Workman write.
Aside from a reduction in crime and an economic benefit, increasing gun sales have benefited wildlife through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration program. That program, started in the 1930s, put a federal excise tax on the sales of firearms and ammunition. Gottlieb and Workman cite the most recent stats that show “…for Fiscal Year 2015, Pittman-Robertson provided $808,492,189 that was divided among the states.”
The bottom line is that people who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights aren’t dangerous people looking for trouble. Gottlieb and Workman sum this up very well when they say, “People who carry always or frequently insist they are not eager to use a firearm in self-defense, but they are even less obliging to the idea of being a victim.”
This new book takes a common sense approach to a complex issue.