Defending the Second Amendment is personal for me

April 24, 2018

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By Eugene Hoover

Anti-gun liberals have recently intensified their efforts to place new limits on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. As a lifetime NRA member, I’m committed to fighting back against these efforts and casting the deciding vote against any legislation that would limit Nevadans’ gun rights.

Gun grabbers claim gun control will make us safer and have made the tragic school shooting that recently occurred in Florida a rallying point for their cause.

However, the gun grabbers cannot explain how we can expect criminals, who do not follow laws in the first place, to obey new laws banning guns.

How many shootings occur in places where guns are banned in the first place? According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, 98% of all mass shootings occur in “gun-free zones,” while only 1.4% of these shootings occur in places where people are allowed to carry their guns with them.

One of the most dangerous places you could ever live is in public housing. Chicago’s Cabrini Greens neighborhood for example became so synonymous with rampant crime that it was eventually torn down completely.

A main reason for this situation is that the Federal government bans private gun ownership in public housing, giving free rein to criminals who can still obtain guns from illegal dealers in minutes. Residents live in such terror that many leave their doors open so the criminals can easily see that they have no valuables worth stealing.

Leaders of recent gun control demonstrations have claimed publicly that their goal is not to take away Americans’ guns or to eliminate the Second Amendment, but their own statements put the lie to these claims.

March for Our Lives speaker Delaney Tarr revealed the movement’s real agenda in nationally televised remarks, stating, “When they give us that inch, that bump stock ban, we will take a mile.” Liberal former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens shed light on the meaning of “taking a mile” with his recent New York Times op-ed where he called for a full repeal of the Second Amendment.

More gun control will NOT make us safer. It’s true that the most effective way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. An attacker’s advantage over a smaller or weaker victim can be overcome if that victim is armed. Unarmed, the victim can become a statistic before police arrive.

Former UNR student and campus carry advocate Amanda Collins knows that better than most people. Collins was raped in a parking garage on campus, where guns are banned. In testimony in support of campus carry, legislation named Amanda’s Law after her, Collins stated. “All I wanted was a chance to effectively defend myself.”

Campus carry is personal to me because I have both a daughter and a son who attend UNR. Taking away their right to defend themselves does not make anyone safer.

Two years ago, a New York billionaire spent millions campaigning for new gun control measures in Nevada. Just across the state line, California politicians have imposed new gun control laws within the last couple of years with more under consideration.

Our nation’s Founders had it right when they put the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Responsible gun ownership makes us safer by giving good people the ability to defend themselves and giving criminals a powerful deterrent. 

Eugene Hoover is a small business owner and candidate for Lieutenant Governor

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