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If you were asked why it’s important for you to own a gun, how would you answer?

My response has changed over the years. I grew up hunting and competitive shooting, but now, my reason is for self-protection. My guns have saved my life on two occasions so far, along with saving the lives of two of my friends.

I know some people who were against having a gun in their house, until their house was broken into or when a member of the family was victimized by a criminal. As soon as possible, afterwards, they bought a gun for protection. In one case, a couple each purchased a gun and obtained a concealed carry license after being robbed and beaten while taking a walk. Now they are armed whenever they leave the house.

(The Bulletin) – Out in the middle of the country, we went in search of the middle ground of the Great American Gun Debate.

We met 29-year-old Haley Smith, of Paola, Kansas. About a year ago, a stranger knocked on Smith’s door at 2 in the morning.

It took her breath away.

In that moment, the 20-something single mom said she thought, Is someone breaking into my house? How was she going to protect herself? How would she protect her then-6-year-old daughter?

“I didn’t know who the person was,” said Smith. “And then I was like, it was time for me to purchase a gun.”

The next part shocked her a little…

If you had a job that required you to transport thousands of dollars of valuable merchandise or taking large sums of money to the bank for deposit, would you want to armed or left vulnerable? If you live alone do you feel secure in your home or apartment? If you have to travel in your town, with your kids or alone, would you want to be armed or vulnerable?

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