Concealed handguns should be allowed
Mark Martinho, Staff Writer
May 1, 2012
Filed under Opinion
As of July 13, 2011 carrying a concealed handgun is legal in 49 states. It’s not that difficult to see why this could be a controversial topic. Everybody knows that a handgun is a lethal weapon that can seriously wound and or kill a person, so why make it legal to conceal one of these weapons? For many reasons, but the one that is most common is self defense. Handguns should be allowed in society, but not just anyone that asks for a license should get one.
Handguns give citizens a sense of security that most people could use in these rough times. A handgun could protect that citizen from a random robbery; a handgun can also be seen as a symbol of power. An average civilian versus an armed robber doesn’t stand much of a chance, but if the average citizen had been trained and gained his concealed handgun license, he can stand more of a chance.
Now-a-days, someone can order a pizza and it would show up before the police. The police have become scarce and now it’s the citizens’ job to fight their own battles. Someone could stop a robbery before it escalades into a car chase. The police could have a break while society mans up and brings criminals to justice. Society just needs to get used to the fact that an average man can now carry a handgun and not call the cops, because they feel threatened. Just like everything in this world, it’ll take a while to get used to.
Illinois and Washington D.C. don’t allow handgun concealment, only active or retired law enforcement is permitted to conceal a handgun. Pro handguns defend themselves by saying it’s in our constitutional rights to bear arms. American citizens should be allowed to conceal a handgun; it would be unconstitutional to deny them that right.