EQ: Should adults have the right to carry a concealed handgun?(Justin C)

Essential Question: Should adults have the right to carry a concealed handgun?
Background: Some believe that citizens that are armed are more likely to prevent shootings, and that the government cannot protect its citizens, in other words, one must protect oneself in a shooting. However, other studies show that more guns do not help prevent mass shootings. The Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller, limited the second amendment rights in Washington D.C.
Claim: Although some claim that criminals are less likely to attack people who are armed, studies show that crimes are less likely to occur when firearms are out of the equation. Many people who carry concealed weapons are inadequately trained; this may cause some issues in public areas, such as schools.
Support: The US Constitution’s second amendment does not guarantee the right to carry a concealed handgun; this amendment allows one to bear arms in hopes of forming a “well-regulated” militia. Studies show that concealed firearms are not an effective deterrent of crime, “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, PhD, et al. 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.”



Filed under Controversial Issue #1

6 responses to “EQ: Should adults have the right to carry a concealed handgun?(Justin C)

  1. Matt Nichols

    I agree with you completely. Many people running around with guns and don’t know how to properly use them; that is far more dangerous than everybody without guns. If people are trying to fight back in a gunfight, but don’t know how to properly use their firearm, then they’ll only get many others injured or killed. Also, the more guns there are out on the street, the more crime that will go on because everybody will feel they have power and control others with a gun in their hand which will cause more problems than if everybody walked around without guns. Good job, good blog.

    • Justin Clements

      Thank you for your response and constructive criticism. If there are any improvements I can make to my claim, support, etc. please feel free to tell me.

  2. Kenneth Nevarez

    The right to carry concealed handguns is guaranteed by the Second Amendment in the US Constitution. The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
    We as Ameriucas have the right to bear arms, and not allowing us to carry them, even if they are concealed, would be infringing on our rights and freedoms. ‘MURICA!

    • Justin Clements

      THat’s a good point, and I’m glad you brought it up. The fact of the matter is that the second amendment of the US Constitution does NOT guarantee the right to carry concealed firearms, unless one is forming a “well-regulated” militia.

  3. Matt M.

    I see your point, but wouldnt crime decrease if more people had concealed handguns? Laws that keep guns from people who could use them to defend themselves don’t keep guns from criminals because criminals don’t follow the law. If more people carried concealed handguns then criminals would be more afriad to commit violent crimes on others for fear of them having a gun.

    • Justin Clements

      Your argument has some logic to it, however, when citizens are not properly trained to uswe a concealed firearm, this can cause problems in the case of a shooting.

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