Still on the fence about purchasing your first gun? Gun ownership is a major responsibility that shouldn't be taken lightly, but it offers some key benefits that we're going to discuss further.
Protects Against Home Invaders
It's not something that most homeowners want to think about, but there's a very real possibility of a burglar breaking into your home to steal your property and possibly even cause harm to you or your family. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a home is broken into once every fifteen seconds in the United States. To put that number into perspective, that's more than 2 million home invasions each year! Owning a gun, however, will allow you to fight back in the event of an invasion, scaring away burglars or other nefarious individuals who seek to cause harm.
It's Your Constitutional Right
There's a reason why our founding forefathers included the right to bear arms in the Constitution: because gun ownership among citizens is largely responsible for the United States obtaining its independence from Britain. If guns were prohibited, perhaps the Revolutionary War would have turned out differently. Our forefathers were interested in ensuring that the citizens were always able to defend themselves against an oppressive government. This is why the Second Amendment states the following: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Target Shooting is a Popular Pastime
Many men and women who purchase their first firearms are introduced to the fun and exciting sport of recreational target practice. Whether you choose to buy a handgun, rifle or shotgun, it will offer you countless hours of enjoyment at the shooting range. In fact, shooting has been in the Summer Olympic Games since the modern movement of 1896 (with the exception of 1904 and 1928).
Offers Peace of Mind
This alone should be reason enough to own a gun. A Pew Research Center study found that 79% of gun owners feel safer by owning a gun. Having a gun stored safely in your home will give you peace of mind knowing that you have an effective means to defend yourself, your family, and your property. Hopefully, you will never have to use it, but just owning a gun will allow you to sleep a little more soundly at night.
Last but certainly not least, owning a gun will allow you to defend yourself if you are ever attacked. Maybe you are traveling to an unfamiliar city, or perhaps you are meeting someone from Craigslist to conduct a transaction. Regardless of the situation, owning a gun will give you the means to defend yourself. All 50 states have concealed carry permits, meaning you can legally carry your firearm in public, assuming you obtain the appropriate permit.
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