American gun enthusiasts frequently enjoy attributing Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto with the quote, “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.” In spite of this widespread misattribution, the admiral likely never uttered those words. This quote has been used to exaggerate the strength of the individual American citizen when hypothetically faced with an invading force along with the notion that guns belong everywhere in America.
There aren’t any actual figures on the number of guns in America. A 2007 Small Arms Survey estimated that there were 270 million privately owned guns in the country, but that number has certainly increased in the last eight years. With at least one firearm for every person in the country, the 2nd Amendment rights of many Americans are being exercised on an increasing basis. However, individual citizens would still be hard pressed to defend their homes against a conventional military with tactical drone strikes and armored vehicles.
An increasingly pervasive notion in America is that guns are needed for protection during a person’s everyday life. The threat of being the victim of a violent crime drives people to obtain concealed carry permits that allow them to carry firearms with the protection of the law. Still other states continue forward with legislation that would enable Americans to carry in zones previously deemed “gun-free”. In a country that has been plagued by lone gunman shooting sprees, it remains to be seen if society has gone too far by allowing guns to be carried in these locations.
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One of the side-effects of Georgia’s “Guns Everywhere” bill is that it enhanced an already active law that allows licensed concealed carriers to possess firearms within the world’s busiest airport. By several metrics, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest in the world, meaning it must deal with a multitude of security issues on a regular basis. While no passenger may pass through security and board a plane, they can still possess firearms within other areas of the airport. Those found in the possession of firearms are checked to ensure they are a credentialed carrier and sent on their way, but those found without proper paperwork are subject to arrest.
Sources: factcheck.org, dailycaller.com, gallup.com, gawker.com, startribune.com, ktla.com, nbcchicago.com, indyweek.com, cnn.com, nytimes.com, constangy.com, wsj.com, ajc.com, abcnews.go.com, vice.com
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