Concealed Weapons Essay

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Concealed Weapons

Concealed Weapons, Concealed Risk

Do you feel safer sitting next to someone carrying a gun? / Many people say no to that
question,/ for many valid reasons. Carrying Concealed weapons have nothing to do with your
dad or uncle owning many firearms. / This issue relates solely on allowing individuals to
carry these weapons/ almost anywhere in the community:/ including football games,/
restaurants,/ stores,/school buildings/ and other many other places where firearms should
strictly be prohibited./ There are 7 states in the nation including Missouri/ that does
not let any private citizens carry these weapons. Most people who have permits to carry
concealed weapons in their proper states are people who are not law enforcement
officials/and have limited training and undergo less testing than even the most basic
police recruit./ Even law-abiding citizens/ with the best intentions/ do not know how hard
it is to use a gun in successful self-defense. Even highly trained police officers often
lose control of their weapons; /according to the National Institute of Justice/ an average
of 16% of police officers killed in the line of fire/ are killed by a fellow officers
bullet. Yet, they are lead to believe/ that if given a dangerous situation/ they will use
the weapon with the proper safety and care that law enforcers will. You cannot ignore the
fact that out of the thirty-four thousand and forty firearm deaths in 1998,/ only 212 were
justifiable homicides out of self defense /by private citizens with firearms. The gun
lobby claims that only law-abiding citizens get permits/. According to statistics this is
false./ A recent study done by the Violence Policy Center/ demonstrated that in the first
six months on 1997, /the weapon related offense rate among Texas concealed weapon license
holders/ were more than twice as high as that general population of Texas. / We know that
concealed weapon holders are committing crimes/ as a matter of fact/ 946 crimes were
committed by Texan Concealed Weapon holders/ in the first 6 months of 1997. The full story
on this has not yet been told because the Gun Lobby prohibits public accessibility to the
lists of concealed weapon permit holders.


The carrying of concealed weapons were prohibited/ or severely limited in most states/
prior to the mid-1990s./ Then here comes the National Rifle Association,/ pleading that
ordinary people carrying hidden handguns will reduce the nation's crime rate./ Their first
year of this new campaign they were fairly successful,/ and many states changed their laws
to allow the widespread carrying of concealed weapons.
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