Is Self-Defense using Guns Justified?

By Lexie Corcoran

Self defense with the use of guns is justified. The U.S. Self defense law states, “self defense is the right for persons to use reasonable force or defensive force, for the purpose of defending one’s own life or the lives of others, including, in certain circumstances, the use of deadly force.” Many lives have been affected by this law because it allows citizens to defend themselves without severe consequences. U.S civilians use guns to defend themselves and others from crime at least 989,883 times per year. This means that over 989,883 times per year, innocent lives are saved and protected.

Let’s say a robber broke into someone’s house with a gun. It would not be considered unlawful if one pulls a gun on the other to protect themselves and run them out. Some may ask, Why not call the police first, or run out of the house? Why is a gun the first choice? Well, if someone is being held at gunpoint they aren’t going to be able to call 911 or be able to run out of the house, the criminal isn’t going to let them. This is just like a true story that happened to a man in June, 2009.

A man from Sarasota, FL came home from work to see a black pick up truck in his driveway. As he unsteadily walked towards his house, a man came out of the truck and pinned the homeowner to the ground and told to stay put, threatening him with the gun. In a panic, the homeowner grabbed the criminals handgun and shot him in the stomach. The criminal was badly injured, but the situation was lawful because of the self defense law.

If someone was trying to hurt you, why would you be penalized to defend yourself to survive? Even if it ends in a serious injury,or even death, the self defense would be considered justified.


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