Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Concealed Firearms In America

A gun is a violent item to own, but a gun is also used to protect your loved ones when they are in danger. In todays world there is more crime on the streets than there has been in a long time, so we need to protect ourselves from crime in the United States. More states are making it legal to carry a concealed weapons in the United States, and this has brought their crime rates way down from what they used to be. There are only two states that still make it illegal to carry a concealed weapon, and they are Illinois, and Wisconsin. In the states that passed the law to carry concealed firearms their crime rate went down to 8.5 percent, and their rape went down to 5 percent. These statistic show that Illinois, and Wisconsin should consider making it legal to carry concealed firearms to reduce their crime rate to a lower percent. Lets say if you were working late and you were walking to your car and a man came out from behind a building with a knife, and said that he wanted your wallet. There are two solutions to this problem, one being that you had to give him your wallet because you never had a firearm on you because it is illegal in your state. The second solution to this situation is that you pulled out your firearm and scared him off, because he new that he would be in trouble if he stuck around. When Colorado was deciding on passing the law to make it able for people to carry concealed weapons their main concerns were that the crime rate would double its original percentage, but after a while they started seeing the changes in the crime, and those changes were that the crime percentage was reduced in half. Now the debates in Colorado are how big have the benefits been since they have made it legal to carry concealed firearms. Many left wing Americans claim that the constitution does not promote the use of personal firearms. However, in a Supreme Court case, District of Colombia v. Heller, the highest court in the nation said that it was constitutional right to allow Americans to not only own personal firearms but to carry them as well. Those that disagree use outdated and bias statistics to prove their point. Gun laws only hinder those that obey them, most street gangs trade guns, like they trade narcotics, there is not a permit being shown or a background check given. These are all good things, but they are not taking guns away from dangerous criminals, they merely hamper those that follow the law. If states like Wisconsin and Illinois adopted these laws society would benefit greatly. When interviewing criminals in prison their biggest fear in right to carry states are that anybody could have a gun. That lady that they would try to mug could be carrying a handgun in her purse. Society is split on which is safer, but just because people can carry does not mean they will, it just means they can. American society needs to not fear the innocent that have guns, but instead fear those that will still get the guns even with stricter laws. You can find all this information at www.nraila.org/Issues/factsheets/read.aspx?ID=18

22 comments:

  1. No matter what the circumstance, guns are dangerous in any hands.

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  2. Guns are dangerous, which is why you should never point them at anyone you don't intend to kill. This is the difference between a criminal and normal person. A normal person might hesitate, but a true criminal won't give it a second thought to pull the trigger.

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  3. Gun's scare me!! I think their extremely dangerous and should only be in the hands of trained individuals that won't shoot up schools or do other crazy things.

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  4. I am not a big fan of guns and I agree with Hejinian in that only trained individuals should handle guns

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  5. Personally, I think that after passing a legal screening and a psychological evaluation, people should be able to carry a concealed weapon. It would decrease the crime rate potentially, as you would be less likely to rob someone if they were packing.

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  6. Good post, but I am not a big fan of guns.

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  7. I think gun is very dangerous thing. Many people think that gun is dangerous but good for protecting loved one. No matter how it used by good or bad man, it is dangerous stuff for human being. The law that allows to hold a gun should be banned!!!

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  8. I agree with Longfellow, but having those tests might not decrease the rate of crime. People will still have guns even if they don't have a license to have one. Guns are dangerous, but some people are going to have guns even if they're not supposed to.

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  9. "Guns don't kill people; people kill people with guns." They are dangerous, but only in the hands of those who intend harm. Guns are also a form of protection.

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  11. I was really surprised when I came to American first time. Because I've never heard some news people shot someone in Korea and also I've never seen real gun. Guns are sometimes good but most of times bad I think.

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  12. I agree with Stephenson. I think people should be able to own guns to protect their families, but they can be dangerous.

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  13. I don't think guns are really necessary. Buy a can of mace. My family doesn't own any firearms and I kind of like that.

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  14. I also agree with Stephenson. Guns are a good form of protection and are dangerous, especially in the hands of dangerous people.

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  15. Yeah i agree with everyone. Gun helps to protect ourselves from anyone who wants to harm us. But in my country people are not allowed legally to carry on guns

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  16. I am not opposed to people being allowed to carry guns, however I believe the rules for owning a gun should be a lot stricter. In order to have ownership of a gun, people should be required to take a gun safety test.

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  17. I agree with Stephen. Good post!

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  18. GUNS will only be as powerful as the person shooting them. We do need to fix that issue. good post!

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  19. Nice post. Guns are dangerous. Even if you have it as a form of protection, it is still dangerous to keep in your house. Especially if you have children living with you.

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  20. Very interesting post. Guns help protect people, but are very dangerous.

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  21. This can be a very pro and con argument but I do agree with you. Why should innocent law-abiding citizens put themselves at a disadvantage to the average mugger who would carry a concealed weapon anyways.

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  22. Thanks for posting this well-argued essay at such a critical time for this issue.

    As you all may or may not be aware, the concealed-carry law was recently put to the test in Washington, D.C. It will be interesting to see whether the crime rate is affected in that city, since the ban on concealed carry there was rendered unconstitutional by the Supreme Court this year.

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