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Guns are often perceived as unsafe, dangerous, and something to fear. Media bias has given not only guns a bad name, but gun owners as well. I am a law abiding citizen. One who loves the constitution and everything it stands for. I don’t have a criminal record. There’s no one I respect more than the law enforcement officers who risk their own lives to keep me safe every single day. All that being said, I do own and carry a gun.
The media tries their best to make this seem like a bad thing. It’s not. In the hands of someone who understands how to handle it, a gun is a good thing. While guns are dangerous when used incorrectly, guns also save lives on a daily basis. Guns protect the innocent and serve as a defense mechanism. I carry a gun because I refuse to become a victim. I will not be taken advantage of. While we do have law enforcement to protect us, they can’t always be there in the exact moment you need them. That’s no one’s fault, but it’s also a risk I’m not willing to take.
Before you go on siding with those that get on their soapbox, preaching that I’m dangerous. Before you take that opinion to the voting booth and make your voice heard, consider the circumstances. While believing guns are inherently bad is your right. You are entitled to that opinion; similarly, I am entitled to the right to bear arms, which I take very seriously. I’m just an innocent civilian, minding my own business and taking care of myself. Given a crowd of people, you’d never be able to pick me out as the gun owner. You know nothing at all about me, but are already forming a strong opinion on something so important to me. We rush past each other on our way to work and sit beside each other on the city bus. You see me as just another girl, running the rat race of life. You have no idea that I’m carrying, it’s not affecting you at all.