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Americans Taking Personal Protection More Seriously Than Ever:

Terrorist Attacks Spark Renewed Interest In Carrying Handguns

The debate over legislative control of guns continues to rage.  This summer, the  National Rifle Association, the NRA, pulled

its 2007 convention out of  Columbus, Ohio after that city  passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale or possession of  semiautomatic rifles with pistol grips and detachable magazines. The city is the first major city to pass such a ban after similar federal legislation expired last fall.  According to the NRA, the ban  is unnecessary and ineffective.

Columbus city officials complain that the NRA knew they were considering the ban and chose the city as a host site for their convention simply to make a point.  The point being that many Americans want guns for recreation and safety, and such legislation can be too limiting and even unconstitutional.

Indeed, according to at least one weapons expert, Americans are feeling the  need for gun ownership in order to protect themselves like never  before.  This trend started with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  “For decades, Americans have been brainwashed into taking a passive role in their own survival,” says Chris  Bird, a journalist and handgun expert.  “On September 11th, we learned that the government and the professionals could not protect us.”     

Bird is so convinced of the need for people to take their protection seriously  that he wrote a book entitled, “The Concealed Handgun Manual:   How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self-defense.”  Bird was a commissioned officer in the Royal Military Police of  the British Army in the 1960s where he served as company  weapon-training officer. Since then, he has moved to the  U.S. and has  taken an active role in educating others about the safe and wise use  of weapons.  

His book provides current or prospective gun-owners with insight about owning  and using a handgun.  With so many people interested in owning and carrying a concealed weapon, there is a need for definitive  information for prospective gun-owners.  In fact, forty-six states allow people to carry a concealed handgun, and it is  estimated that there are more than 3.3 million people who have  licenses to carry concealed handguns.

Bird  cites numerous cases where people were able to protect themselves  because they carried a handgun—cases where they would not have  survived had they not been “packing.”  Bird says handguns may be a  smart choice for all kinds of people especially women.   “Some of the people most at-risk of becoming victims of violence are  women who are being stalked,” says Bird.  “They do not need to be told  that the police cannot protect them—they know.”  Bird  explains how to carry and conceal a handgun, when and how to use it,  and the implications of using it.  

Like  many in the “pro-gun” community, Bird says he doesn’t necessarily want  everyone to run out and buy a handgun.  But he says law-abiding  citizens need to realize their own safety is largely up to them.   Taking the responsibility, he believes, is an important part  of being an American.  

The NRA  agrees.  Commenting on the NRA pull-out of Columbus, NRA Executive  Vice-President Wayne LaPierre implied that gun ownership is very  American when he said, “When freedom comes back to Columbus, we will  come back to Columbus.”


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Jay Wilke
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 727-443-7115 ext. 223


 From: Michelle Metzger

Subject: Is there ever a time to kill?

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Cheers, Michelle

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