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Speak Out: Should All 'Law Abiding' Citizens' Arm Themselves?

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway posts a statement in response to emails. Share your thoughts.

Adding to the local and national discussion on guns, Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway has released a statement in support of citizens' right to legally use firearms.

"I encourage all law abiding citizens to acquire and maintain the skills to safely carry a firearm in order to protect themselves and others," the statement reads.

Conway issued the statement under the heading 'The 2nd Amendment." The U.S Constitution's Second Amendment says, "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."

Also, it was in response to "the many emails received," the website says. The statement comes just over a month after the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 students and six adults.

"Sadly, our society contains those that will harm others when given the opportunity. An armed citizen certainly presents much less opportunity to those that would do them harm," Conway's statement concluded.

Speak out: How do you feel about Sheriff Conway's statement? Is his stance part of the solution or part of the problem?

Diana January 27, 2013 at 05:14 AM
I feel Butch Conway has the right to speak his peace, however it sort of bares more weight since he's an elected official and a sheriff to boot. Personally I don't care if all law abiding citizens have arms, it's the non law abiding citizens that I worry about, they are the reason I have a gun. Thing is we did get a gun to protect our home, we go Bulls Eye in Lawrenceville to practice. As a person who in the beginning sweated at the thought of holding a gun much less actually shooting the thing I think it's a good dose of reality. On TV and in the movies you do not hear how loud it is or see the smoke and fire coming out the barrel of the gun, the ejecting shells are no fun either if they land on you. When we practice I run through my "what if's" in my head - like "what if" someone broke in. I don't want to hurt anyone but I confess to praying that if someone breaks in please God give me the courage to protect myself. We are going through a phase where Hollywood has targeted gun control. See it's a easy topic for them because they have body guards that carry guns and they live behind protected gates. It seems to me it's OK for the wealthy and the celebrities to arm themselves but not the middle class. We do not hunt animals, we have a gun for one reason - I would gladly give up my gun if all criminals gave up theres first.
Brenda Shelton January 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM
I completely agree with Butch Conway. Our society today is filled with an alarming number of heartless thugs who have no respect for us hard working, honest, law-abiding citizens. These are people who will go to any means to get a free ride through life by breaking into our homes and helping themselves to whatever they can throw into a pillow case. While at work, I was burglarized 2 times within a 3-yr period and it was the most gut-wrenching, invasive feeling I have ever experienced. I own 2 firearms, 1 30-30 hunting rifle and a small handgun and am very proud to say that I would not hesitate to use either of them to protect my home and myself from anyone attempting to do me harm or take what I have worked for all my life. I am a 62 year old female, I live alone and I have owned a firearm since I was 18 years old. I give thanks to my father for taking me deer hunting when I was young and teaching me how to use it.
Frank Lloyd January 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM
We love ya Butch
Ben January 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM
This is a good thing, that a Sheriff in One of Georgia's Top County's as come out for this, We need all Law Inforcement Officers to do the Same, Plus the Other Elected Officials in Georgia & all 50 States, then this So called What ever it is in Washing D.C. will Shut up about the Gun Control. The Law abbiding Citizens will obey the Laws like they have been doing, the Others will never. The Robbers, the Crooks, Drug Dealers, would love to see Gun Control in the U.S.A. So they would only have the Guns

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