The Pros And Cons Of Open Carry

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As I as the writer of this essay am out and about on the town, I tend to go about my daily errands and just keep to myself, mind my own business and avoid being the target of any crime especially one involving a gun. If someone was to bring a firearm anywhere they go and follow all of the other normal safety measures like being aware of your surroundings, staying out of “bad” neighborhoods when possible and avoiding social conflict can sound like a reasonable thing to do. I can guarantee you that nothing is 100 percent foolproof for everyone, but the addition of the firearm would make a difference. Since guns were first introduced, they were desired by all different kinds of people from all different backgrounds. Just as John Richardson stated …show more content…
Most of those who choose to open carry are proud that we are supported by the other peacekeepers out there and having that support causes us to be confident that we can protect ourselves and our families if the situation presents its self. Some anti-gun activists assume that if we have an open carry permit, we would be more likely to harm others than those who choose not to open carry. Just as it would be unfair to say that all gun owners are responsible with their weapons, in my opinion, most of us are. Those who do carry any weapon no matter what is will need to understand that by making the choice to carry we need to be mentally prepared to lose something. If and when we are put in a situation where we have to defend another life we will undoubtedly lose something no matter what. It might be emotional, financial or physical, but we will lose something. As stated in the article titled Is Open Carry the Real Battleground for Bearing Arms (2015) “This is the right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and which is calculated to incitement to a mainly and noble defence of themselves, if necessary, and of their country, without any tendency to secret advantages and unmanly …show more content…
The fact is America needs to reduce the rate of crime in most areas, and people should be open minded and look at the problem with logic and possibilities in mind. Reese Alvarez and Evan Fallor stated that “According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, November saw the fifth highest number of firearm background checks completed through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. More than 2.2 million checks were completed, bringing the 2015 total to 19.8 million, which is on pace to break the agency’s record high of more than 21 million checks in 2013.” (Reese Alvarez, 2015) It is very obvious by looking at the number of people trying to obtain gun permits and the beliefs of the current legislation that what laws we have in place now are not working and that things need to change to give the general public (with certain restrictions) the right to obtain and carry a

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