Adults and handguns

Can you trust them? By:Jayla Tolson

Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?

 Micro SiteCarrying 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.Opponents of concealed carry argue that increased gun ownership leads to more gun crime and unintended gun injuries. They contend that concealed handguns increase the chances of arguments becoming lethal, and that society would be safer with fewer guns on the street not more.

Pros

1).The right to carry concealed handguns is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.
2).A person may feel safer being armed and feel freer to go outside at night or in dangerous areas.
3).Criminals are less likely to attack someone that they believe might be armed.

Cons

1).The Second Amendment of the US Constitution allows citizens to bear arms for a well-regulated militia, not for concealed personal carry. 
2).Carrying a concealed handgun increases the chances of a confrontation escalating and turning lethal. The chances of a handgun being used inappropriately increase when normally responsible adults are intoxicated, tired, afraid, or untrained in conflict resolution.
3).Carrying concealed handguns increases the risk of suicide because one-third to four-fifths of all suicide attempts are impulsive and carrying a handgun gives individuals the means to act on their impulses.