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Life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness These are the most commonly recited of out fundamental natural rights It seems fitting that the right to life would be mentioned first Without the right to remain alive to be safe from attack to defend oneself against attack the other rights become meaning less It is impossible to enjoy liberty the pursuit of happiness or anything else if one is not alive or if ones life is threatened As a society we have taken steps to try to protect this most basic and most precious right Our Constitution including the Bill of Rights was intended in part to protect the lives of US citizens against the use of government power Additionally state and federal laws have enacted to punish individuals who take others lives without justification Together these laws along with the threat of capture and punishment for breaking them are intended to prevent people from wrongly taking others lives Despite these efforts murder manslaughter and assault will still occur Our system of law enforcement and punishment serves to prevent crimes not to eliminate it entirely When these efforts fail and one is under criminal attack there is only one alternative left to preserve ones right to live If we dont protect ourselves we are leaving our lives in thhands of others for protection To have the ability to carry a handgun we will be protecting the one thing we have LifeWhile we want to protect ourselves from crimes such as robberies rape and murders we may not always depend on the law to be there for us While we should trust the government to protect us everyday we take responsibility to protect ourselves Without delay every state in the nation should modify its handgun carry laws so that in a world where the government fails to protect victims the victims can choose to legally carry their own means of self-protection In an article to enhance gun
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