The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Imagine a world where everyone is entitled to their own concealed weapon with the exception of criminals, would there be total chaos or would there be order? "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Said LaPierre, the executive vice president in the National Rifle Association, in a public speech following the elementary mass school shooting which took place in Newton, Connecticut. Due to this Generating discussions and fiery debates involving safety issues, gun control, the banning of assault weapons and sniper rifles. In this essay I will show you why everyone without criminal records should be entitled to carry concealed weapons. In doing so crime rates would dwindle. However, if one were so inclined to even mention a Bill of Rights reform needed to combat the gun control issue. The NRA, which are the most passionate and influential factor among the gun advocacy debates, chime in to deny such actions from taking place with arguments placing fault among the gun owners behind the trigger. Some steps have already been taken by certain states to restrict weapons such as sniper, assault rifles, and concealed carries in public that were available to the general public, along with the ban of unlicensed dealers selling unregistered weapons without federal background checks. For example, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia teamed up with Senator Pat. Toomey to propose an amendment which enforced gun control keeping weapons off the hands of criminals by proposing background checks and mental evaluations at every gun show and online shop, such amendment however has been turned down due to the shortage of votes and support from the state.
On another note, a major contributor to the problem according to gun control activists, are the gun shows where unlicensed vendors sell their products without federal consent. Granted that many are not in support of the second amendment from being exercised freely in public, there are certainly advantages to owning a concealed weapon. In a society where crime plagues just about every city, personal safety is a luxury often sought after with the purchase and carrying of a concealed pistol, pepper spray, and tasers. These weapons of choice are often carried without the criminal’s knowledge which helps prevent the crimes from ever taking place. People who want to carry concealed weapons should be required to partake in psychological screenings for safety measures before applying for a background check.
Although prerequisite screenings for mental issues would be mandatory to weed out the mentally unstable from ever purchasing a gun, there are also other factors. Evidently, there are a number of disadvantages from allowing people to own a concealed weapon. Some would argue that carrying a weapon would only increase the crime statistic giving those who carry a weapon a chance at doing wrong when given the opportunity. Consequently, the second amendment which is included in the Bill of Rights in combination with the gun pro activists, prevent such bans and gun control to take place arguing that such bans infringes the second amendment and should not be allowed. The second amendment adopted in the month of December on the 15th of the year 1791 written by the nation’s founding fathers, states that “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.” (Wikipedia).Though most people would agree on the fact that the constitution states gun ownership is to be solely for militia uses and not individual ownership protesters suggest the amendment is in need of an update to keep with current times, yet no action has been taken by authorities or the public to do so.
The incident that started all of this buzz happened on December the 12th the year 2013 in Newton, Connecticut when twenty year old Adam Lanza had…