Concealed Weapons in the United States

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In the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights the founding fathers of America gave us the right to bear arms for self-defense. Although everyone in America has the right to own a firearm, you must have a concealed carry permit in order to bring a hidden handgun into a public area. Through people carrying concealed handguns we can reduce violent crimes. Each state gets to determine if they will allow concealed weapons. If the state does permit concealed carry then people have to go through a long process before they can receive their concealed weapons permit. A person must first fill out the application, then "State police post the names to a private website for local law enforcement agencies to review and object to if police feel there …show more content…
Most feel safer knowing that they would be able to protect themselves and others if needed. "For most people they only plan to carry in certain conditions. Like if they are going somewhere they don't know or aren't comfortable with" (Litchfield).
Others want to own a gun in case of a shooting or other public disaster. Calling 911 can get help on their way quickly. However even a few minutes can be the difference between life and death. It takes a few minutes for police to arrive at a crime but if someone already there has a concealed handgun they could end the violence much faster. "Quick responses not only limit the number of casualties, but reduce the attention these killers garner from committing their crimes. We can’t get rid of gun-free zones soon enough" (Lott). Some worry that by giving out these permits it makes it legal for bad people to bring handguns into public places where they could harm numerous others. That just doesn't make sense. If a person plans to break the law by harming others then why would they work so hard to obtain a permit so they can legally have the gun with them. One of the most common reasons people give for wanting to get rid of guns is public shootings, particularly school shootings (Quinn). It truly is tragic that people would take a weapon into an area to shoot innocent bystanders for no reason. However getting rid of guns is not the solution. Even if we get rid of guns those who…