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Virgina Tech shooting 2009: Another reason for Right to Carry while hunting


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The 2009 tragic shooting of two Virgina Tech students visiting a campground in the nearby Jefferson National Forest  legitimizes the belief that the ruling handed down last January for 'right to carry' within National forests should have been a given. The rule allows Right-To-Carry permit holders to carry concealed firearms in national parks and wildlife refuge areas in states that recognize their permits. In the past, the Bureau of Land management and Forest Service lands allowed the carrying of firearms, while lands managed by the Department of Interior did not.

In recent years, the right to carry has risen from 10 states to 40 states which is an all-time high. The Thune/Vitter amendment would have provided for inter-state recognition of Right-To-Carry permits but was recently defeated by only two votes. This fundamental right of citizens to protect themselves and the second amendment of the right to bear arms has never before in the history of our nation been under such scrutiny.

Expansion of Right-to-Carry will not increase crime. It will enhance public safety. It is a proven fact that criminals are much more likely to NOT attack potential victims when they know or suspect their potential victim is armed.

As reported by the NRA-ILA web site, "a group that is opposed to Right-to-Carry legislation currently under consideration in Wisconsin argued against Right-to-Carry based upon the fact that, recently, the South had the highest regional violent crime rate, while also having a high percentage of states with Right-to-Carry laws."

"In fact, the South has for decades had the highest violent crime rates in the nation, and the relationship between the regions` violent crime rates has remained fairly constant. Interestingly, and a fact not mentioned by the anti-gun group, New England is the region that has historically had the lowest violent crime rates while also having the highest percentage of Right-to-Carry states. The region`s four RTC states are Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (one of only two states in the country that allow carrying without a permit). The South, for decades, had only one Right-to-Carry state, Alabama."

By exercising your second amendment rights- the right to bear arms- you just may prevent becoming the victim of a violent crime and/or protect someone you love.

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