There’s no question that we are all deeply saddened and outraged when mass tragedies occur, such as the one at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue this past fall, which claimed the lives of 11 innocent men and women. Too often, it seems, our places of worship are seen as soft targets. Evil maniacs prey on religious worshippers who often can’t protect themselves.
As responsible gun owners, we understand that the first line of defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. In fact, just this past week, a Las Vegas man was able to fend off two armed men from harming a friend and his wife in a jewelry store robbery. Another man in Houston also successfully defended himself against a would-be robber. Stories like this occur all the time. As responsibly armed Americans, we know if there were perhaps just one armed citizen or one armed guard in the Tree of Life Synagogue last October, there might have been a very different outcome.
They Just Don’t Get It
That’s why it’s infuriating to watch politicians who just don’t get it vote to pass more anti-gun laws instead of supporting responsibly armed Americans. We saw that in Pittsburgh recently when anti-gun politicians on the City Council voted to restrict our Second Amendment right to self-defense. This was despite opposition from thousands of responsible gun owners. Even the Allegheny County District Attorney warned them that the measure was unconstitutional. Here’s the reality: Criminals set on harming others don’t care and don’t follow our gun laws. If somebody’s willing to kill, you can bet he or she doesn’t care about gun laws.
The politicians in Pittsburgh may not get it, but we do. If you want to learn more about what you can be doing to better protect yourself, your family and your loved ones, we invite you to join us at the USCCA’s Annual Concealed Carry Expo in Pittsburgh (held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center) from May 17 to 19. This year’s Expo will offer more than 70 seminars from industry experts, a FREE live-fire shooting range to test new handguns, and a massive selection of gear, services and information from USCCA’s trusted industry partners.
You can learn more and buy tickets at USCCAExpo.com.
We’re All In This Together
It’s time we have a serious conversation in this country — not about more laws that clearly don’t work but about what more Americans can be doing to arm and protect themselves. We hope you will join your fellow freedom-loving Americans at the USCCA Expo next month in Pittsburgh.
Quote of the Week
- “Gun owners are law-abiding citizens who follow the rules, and we need to let them be able to protect themselves. That’s what this is all about.” — Ohio State Rep. Tom Brinkman on introducing constitutional carry legislation in the state
Data Point You Should Know
- There are only six states that allow 18-year-olds to constitutional carry.