Jun 08 2020
Adults should have the right to carry a concealed handgun.
It is important to give every adult the right to have a handgun.
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I believe adults should have the right to carry a concealed handgun. The first reason is to protect yourself. We live in an increasingly dangerous world where crime attacks can happen anywhere. According to a study by criminologist Gary Kleck, PhD, robbery and assault victims who used a gun to resist were less likely to be attacked or injured than those who used any other method of self-protection. A study published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology found that when someone draws a concealed weapon in self-defense, the criminal retreats 55.5% of the time. Another reason is that carrying a gun gives you extra confidence. A study by the National Opinion Research Center found that 59% of people who carried a gun reported doing so because it makes them feel safer. Carrying a concealed handgun can increase your sense of security when going out alone at night or in dangerous areas. The last reason is that it's better to have a gun and not need it than to need one and not have it. It’s like having insurance: You hope you won’t need it, but if disaster strikes, you’re prepared. The police may not be quick enough to rescue you. Having a concealed handgun could literally save your life. This is why I believe having a concealed handgun is essential.
Jun 16 2020
I don’t think all adults should be able to carry a concealed handgun because it increases crime. Many people believe that having the right to carry a handgun makes you, as well as the people around you, feel safer, but, carrying concealed handguns increases crime, rather than decreasing it. John J. Donohue, a Stanford law professor and economist, concluded that the “right to carry” increases crime by up to 15% over a 10 year time period. If handguns are legalized, even with background checks, we can’t keep dangerous people from getting them. There is a higher chance of criminals carrying a gun knowing other people are also armed. This could result in crime scenes turning more lethal than they are now. Additionally, not all adults are responsible. When people get angry while carrying a gun, there is a higher chance that something bad will happen. For example, in Seattle, a guy was riding home in an Uber from a wedding. He had had too much to drink, and he and his wife got into a heated argument. When he got angry, he took out a gun and shot her in the head. This wouldn't have happened if the guy didn’t have a concealed carry permit because there wouldn’t have been a gun around. The safety of the public doesn’t increase just because all adults have a concealed handgun. Instead it increases crime and they become more deadly, not just being caused by criminals, but also by people with no previous record.
Jun 16 2020
If we are to analyze the wording in this proposal, it explicitly states that all adults should have the right to own a handgun, which is simply ludicrous. Even with such laws as the 2nd amendment in America doesn't truly respect the right to a handgun for all adults, restricting its access to criminal offenders, or people labelled otherwise dangerous to the general public. Despite this, lets assume that there will obviously be restrictions on exactly who can own a handgun to defend the citizenry. Even with these restrictions, I ask you, what would be the logical step to defend yourself and those around you in the case of an attack of an offender? That is to say, in a society where guns are readily available to those that can see the effects of mass shootings and/or the presence of guns in daily life are provided with loads of incentive to purchase a gun, thereby motivating others to do the same, in a sort of slippery slope argument. Despite this seeming to be a logical fallacy, this has been proven true in many circumstances. Not only does the assumption of availability motivating crime hold up in multiple studies (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC478945/), but the simple truth of seeing something in your daily life more often, will familiarize it to you and make its purchase seem much less extreme(https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41488081). This is true especially when it is a high powered killing machine. All we are doing with the proposal given, is promoting and upping the chances of a potential offender harming our society.
Jul 16 2020
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