Should adults carry a handgun?

What do you think?

Should adults have the right to carry a concealed handgun?

Carrying a concealed handgun in public is permitted for non-law enforcement officials in all 50 states. Washington, DC does not allow concealed carry except by active and retired law enforcement officers.Proponents of concealed carry say that criminals are less likely to attack someone they believe to be armed. They cite the 2nd Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear arms," and argue that most adults who legally carry a concealed gun are law-abiding and do not misuse their firearms.


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Saving Lives Con

According to a 2000 study by John Lott, "shall-issue" laws have reduced homicides by 8.5%, aggravated assaults by 7%, rapes by 5%, and robberies by 3%. Lott argued that if states that did not permit concealed handguns in 1992 had permitted them in 1977, 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults, and 12,000 robberies would have been prevented between 1977 and 1992.

Concealed Handguns pro

Concealed handguns are an effective non-lethal form of self-defense a majority of the time. An Autumn 1995 peer-reviewed study by Gary Kleck, published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, found that when someone draws a concealed gun in self-defense, the criminal simply retreats 55.5% of the time.
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Concealed Handguns con

Concealed handguns are not an effective form of self-defense. A Nov. 2009 peer-reviewed study published in the American Journal of Public Health by Charles Branas.  He found that someone carrying a gun for self-defense was 4.5 times more likely to be shot during an assault than an assault victim without a gun. Attackers often surprise victims, making it difficult to use a concealed handgun.

Did you know?

The National Rifle Association gave presidential candidate Barack Obama an "F" rating based on his voting record on guns. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence also gave President Obama an "F," in part because he signed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 which included an amendment to allow the carrying of firearms in national parks.
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Amendment

The government cannot stop citizens from keeping guns because the military is necessary to keep peace.


What I think

I think that people should not be able to carry a concealed handgun. I think that because it just creates more problems. I do not think adults should have guns because there are a lot or people that do not have patience and little things could make them mad and they would start shooting. I do not think they should not have guns also because that is what the police are for if you are in danger you could just call the police because if not someone could try to pull out their handgun and accidentally shoot someone else. that is why i think adults should not carry a concealed handgun.