- - Thursday, February 18, 2016


From Gov. Jeb Bush to Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump, the 2016 GOP field has been far from shy when it comes to their promises to make America safer, or as Mr. Trump put it, “make America safe again.”

In the wake of recent domestic terrorist attacks and rising global instability, it has become increasingly apparent that Americans are not as safe as they once were.

But, while the GOP candidates continue to offer up lofty rhetoric to voters about changing the country in 2017, the concerns of citizens have not been assuaged.

In fact, more Americans feel unsafe now than they have in over a decade, with a growing number of them naming national security as the most important problem facing America.

And, from the machete-wielding assailant who targeted customers in a Christian Israeli-owned restaurant in Ohio to the San Bernardino terrorists who killed a dozen, it has become clear that Americans can’t afford to wait another year before something is done.

Action must be taken immediately, and is, of course, not likely to be taken by President Obama, whose repeated refusal to acknowledge terrorist attacks and continued weakness on foreign policy is part of the reason why the country is where it is today.

Thus, the responsibility now lies in the hands of the people to protect themselves and those around them.

A rising number of Americans say more concealed weapons would make the country safer, and they are right.

Concealed carry permits have been preventing crime, stopping terrorist attacks, saving lives and making America safer for years.

However, only about 5 percent of America’s adult population has concealed carry permits.

This is simply not enough.

More Americans must step up and be prepared to protect themselves and those around them.

The time is now, America. Let’s “Make America Safe Again” with a continued increase of concealed carry permits and an unrelenting push against leftist regulations of our Second Amendment rights.

• Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. The author’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

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