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Should adults have the right to carry a concealed handgun?

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  • +14 +25 -11 007 Oct. 21, 2012
    "You can wait 10 minutes for an officer to get there or 1 second to protect yourself."
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  • +9 +21 -12 Julian D Nov. 28, 2012
    "There is nothing wrong with the fact that adults are given the right to carry concealed handguns. Our founding Fathers GAVE us that right. The only fact so many people distrust, and dislike the 2nd Amendment, is because a FEW people make simple mistakes with concealed handguns. Just because a small number of people abuse the rights of the 2nd Amendment, does NOT mean that all adults should have to suffer the consequences."
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  • +8 +11 -3 colby chen Mar. 26, 2014
    "if a shooting happened, then the adult with a concealed handgun could potentially stop the shooter or disarm him, leading to less deaths and casualties."
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  • +7 +19 -12 MD May. 1, 2013
    "guns don't harm people people harm people."
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  • +6 +8 -2 Eric B Apr. 11, 2014
    "Yeah, i'm pro. i'd like to say why, but those who are pro are pro and those are who are con are con. I'm assuming it is the way they were raised. "Guns are bad, and guns kill people". Now that I think about it, we should raise our kids to think "Cars are bad. Cars drive drunk". Good mindset, isn't it?"
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  • +6 +14 -8 joes biglehorn Dec. 4, 2013
    "It is the Freaking law. People have the right to bear arms!"
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  • +5 +11 -6 Frank Dec. 4, 2013
    "it is said in the constitution that eveybody has the right to carry a firearm"
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  • +4 +11 -7 Samuel Johnson May. 20, 2013
    "People need to protect themselves."
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  • +4 +10 -6 Justin Cirone Jan. 15, 2013
    "guns save lives"
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  • +3 +5 -2 jon smith Jan. 21, 2014
    "its just protection"
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  • +3 +10 -7 admrialmeep Jan. 7, 2013
    "I am a pro because if a person is attacked then they can defend them selfs from attackers in a way others would flee."
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    • 0 0 0 Sarah Jan. 8, 2013
      "I agree!!"
  • +2 +4 -2 Stephan Bennett Apr. 4, 2014
    "I'm pro because I think everyone should have the right to carry a gun for safety"
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  • +2 +6 -4 Joe Thomas Feb. 12, 2014
    "I believe it should be legal"
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  • +2 +11 -9 Rocky Perez Nov. 8, 2012
    "we should be able to have guns i mean im 13 just because im not allowed a gun if someone tries to kidnap me im going to fight like theres no tommorow.( either way if i dont fight there probably wont be a tommorow for me) if they control our fire arms, we have less protection from weirdos, murderers, rapists, malesters, stalkers, and robbers, and the list continues"
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    • +2 +2 0 scott Jan. 4, 2013
      "im 14
      hell ya i agree with you"
  • +1 +2 -1 Chubby Joe May. 14, 2014
    "i think if people know that people may have a concealed weapon so they will think ttwice before they rob or rape someone"
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  • +1 +1 0 Alexis and callyssa May. 12, 2014
    "I believe that we should be allowed to have a gun available but make sure it is put away and child free. If there were to be an accident and someone broke into your house you are going to want a gun, if you get mugged at night we are safer with a gun than without it. Also we have the right o bear arms so we should be able to have a gun with us."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Austin Apr. 8, 2014
    "I think that not adults should be able to carry a concealed handgun because what if a kid is walking down the street and a adult or a criminal is trying to stab them and kill them? That would make the parents sad that there kid died so the government and the president should make it to were if you're 13 or older you can have a gun and a license.!!"
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  • +1 +4 -3 L. Bird Feb. 13, 2014
    "If someone meets the criteria i.e. no prior felony convictions, handgun safety class passed, etc., we should be allowed to carry concealed handguns for protection purposes."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Jonathan Frazier Jan. 15, 2014
    "I think that any person over 21yrs. Old should have the right to bare arm's or be able to pack a concieled gun with them as long as they take the concieled weapons class and they are able to handle it well, and only use it to defend themselves against anyone who is threatening there life's or there loved one's life in a life or death situation, or use it for recreational purposes! But I'm against people who use any firearms to commit any type of criminal activity! Us Americans should have the right to defend are selves against all the criminal activates period!!!"
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  • +1 +4 -3 aa3 Jan. 9, 2014
    ""In my opinion, anyone that does not have a felony record, 21 or over, that is a responsible adult that wishes to carry a fire arm for protection, should be permitted to do so. The right to bear arms is in the Constitution.""
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    • 0 0 0 alyssa Jan. 13, 2014
      "i agree 100 percent!!!!!!!! :)"
  • +1 +8 -7 zeb May. 20, 2013
    "i say that american adults should be able to carry a concealed handgun because i am from wyoming!"
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  • +1 +8 -7 RL Klaus Dec. 18, 2012
    "Guns give women, the elderly, and the disabled the ability to protect themselves when it would otherwise be impossible.

    Growing up as a woman in a poor neighborhood, I can't imagine relying on the police to protect me. I've noticed the people most against guns are middle-class or male. They've been sheltered. I've seen violence growing up and taking one tool away from people isn't going to stop grown human beings from accomplishing what they will, but it will stop the weak from feeling safe."
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  • 0 0 0 Bruce Fee Aug. 17, 2014
    "Idiots posting about rights. We were given the right to a 1700's pistol/musket, get it through your thick skulls, god. The law doesn't give reason enough to let anyone have a semi-automatic or automatic gun. It's dangerous guys just think about our laws in context for once. Stupid!"
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  • 0 0 0 Angel Jun. 6, 2014
    "I love guns. Don't tread on me. All must be armed except criminals. Put guns in the right hands."
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  • 0 0 0 Delsin Jun. 5, 2014
    "Yes I think that if an adult wants to have a gun then let them."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Mark Wynn May. 30, 2014
    "The empirical evidence is that when lawful citizens have the right to own and carry guns, crime is deterred. The stats defeat all the emotional rhetoric of those who don't understand and fear guns."
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  • 0 0 0 Paul May. 30, 2014
    "Yes...it's our right!"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Clooney May. 12, 2014
    "there is no other organization dedicated (and staffed) to PREVENT immediate threats... Police ARE NOT there to prevent, they are intended only to investigate AFTER any incident or threat has occurred, which is always too late.

    Everyone has the right to defend themselves with equal or greater force. Sure people used black powder back in the day... however, the right to bear arms wasn't written to only include those same weapons at the time. It was written to allow defense of whatever weapons are able to be threatened by."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Chris May. 5, 2014
    "I think yes because its not guns that kill people its people that kill people. Its people that go to gun shows and buy guns just
    to take them to a high school in Colorado. Its not the guns its the people that buy the guns."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Bucolic Buffalo May. 3, 2014
    "There is merit to the argument that more people carrying concealed firearms will increase the number of gun-related injuries, it is not true that crime will increase. In order to get a concealed-carry permit, strict guidelines are in place regarding criminal history, meaning that people who qualify for permits are generally law-abiding citizens already. I believe that this trend would hold true, especially as the population ages. Typically, older people commit less serious crime as they age. Serious, habitual offenders rarely qualify to own firearms, and would not legally be entitled to carry a firearm."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Rhiannon Apr. 30, 2014
    "Come on, I mean, if someone is going to shoot up a bank to steal some money, do you really think they care if the gun is legal or not? Would it make a difference in the amount of deaths caused? No. If someone wants a gun, regardless of if they are legal or not, they will get one. But if you had the means to stop 30 innocent people from dying by carrying a handgun, wouldn't you take it?"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Noah Bisel Apr. 23, 2014
    "I am PRO because I feel that having a responsible adult with a firearm in a lot of places discretely is good for our safety."
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  • 0 +1 -1 jim Apr. 22, 2014
    "I think carrying guns is our natural born right, after all it is the second amendment. Obama thinks he can rewrite the constitution over all of this."
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  • 0 +2 -2 jim Apr. 22, 2014
    "if you carry a gun you are less likely to be raped or assaulted on the street"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Katie Gross Apr. 16, 2014
    "Im pro guns for the fact that it is our right. If we take away guns from the people who are willing to go take the classes and do everything the right way to protect their land and family- its not going to change the fact that crimials will still have them. The fact is if your down town and get stuck in a situtation where someone is robbing the building your in - your ass will be happy if you have a gun and somewhere of protceting yourself compared to feeling scared and useless. And if that doesnt make you think about it thats fine you dont need a gun but i know for a fact if anyone screws with me or my family we will be safe and i refuse to let anyone try and take my guns."
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  • 0 +3 -3 roberto montoya Apr. 14, 2014
    "because god made it that way"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Jake Wise Apr. 10, 2014
    "Because it will stop violence."
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  • 0 +4 -4 bob Apr. 9, 2014
    "If your a con you got no clue about guns at all im laughing at all of you that put a con down hahahahaahah"
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  • 0 +4 -4 ty Apr. 9, 2014
    "Guns are great for defending the helpless and lowering the crime rate!"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Just another person Apr. 7, 2014
    "Yes i think people should carry concealed weapons because, think about your safety and those of people around you. Maybe if teachers could carry concealed hand guns. ( I know this is a sensitive subject) It may have helped prevent more lives being lost at school shootings. It would have saved lives. There will always be a risk of a psychopath who will kill some one no matter what, but in the world there are more good people then bad and that is why concealed weapons and other gun restricting laws should be dropped"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Nick Apr. 6, 2014
    "There is no right more basic than that of self defense, and an effective means to accomplish that is part of the right."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Andrew H Apr. 2, 2014
    "If you are allowed to carry a concealed firearm and an someone attacks you then you have something to stop them.If I am carrying a 9 mm and I pull it out the attacker will probably stop and if he doesn't then I would shoot them in a non vital area to hopefully deter them away and get away un-harmed"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Man Feb. 21, 2014
    "You know that if the police would protect us as much as they say the would, we wouldnt be having this debate on wether or not having concealed handgun is good or bad, either way it goes i will always feel safer with a handgun."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Samuel Feb. 19, 2014
    "I am with conceal carry because it is written in the bill of rights. and it can protect you in time of need."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Nick Feb. 11, 2014
    "Getting assaulted by an adult with a gun while being unarmed can be just as dangerous as being assaulted while carrying a concealed weapon. The attacker wont necessarily know whether or not his/her prey is carrying an armed weapon. However, just having the armed gun will serve as an extra line of defense for an innocent life if it is used responsibly. Not everybody with an armed weapon should immediately resort to their weapon in dangerous situations, but should rather remain calm and only make use of their armed weapon when it is needed."
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  • 0 +4 -4 BannaWhite Jan. 22, 2014
    "if we had guns during a robbery then it wouldn't have happened because they would be out numbered we all would have chances to live then be shot, i don't care what the Anti concealed gun people think but i think that if we don't have guns were as good as dead."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Ravorn Johnson Jan. 15, 2014
    "Yes, because what if someone comes and attacks u with a gun will u defend youself or just get killed?"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Alyssa Jan. 13, 2014
    "all of ya'll over here that are against it seem to be like "oh no citizens shouldnt have the right to have a concealed carry because guns are bad and guns kill people"...sorry but i beg to differ with all of you...its not the gun its the shooter!...if people were expected (which im pretty sure they are) to pass a full criminal background check and pass a class on how to responsibly carry a concealed then whats the problem??? whats that?? oh right! yeah..nothing is the problem because we all have the right to try and have a concealed weapon...like i said..ya'll are blaming all crime on the gun and giving guns a bad wrap, that is not right...if that was the case then its my pencils fault i misspelled a word on my english test today...sounds pretty stupid right?? ...if someone can pass a responsibility class and pass a comeplete criminal background check then what should be the problem?? they just want a concealed weapon to be able to protect themselves in case something should happen.."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Alyssa. Jan. 13, 2014
    "ok...heres my take...obviously its written in the U.S constitution that we have the right to bear arms, so why are they throwing such a fit about it??...its in writing...literally!...i think if someone is of legal age, is responsible, has had no earlier crime with a weapon/handgun, and can take a class or something on learning how to properly use, carry, and conceal a weapon/handgun then they should be more than welcome to exercise their right of bearing arms."
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  • 0 +11 -11 anthony May. 7, 2013
    "AMERICANS NEED GUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    TO PROTECT THEMSELVS AND THERE FAMILES"
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  • 0 +9 -9 CD Apr. 18, 2013
    "Think about it. If more people where allowed to conceal a firearm for their own safety then there would be less deaths. Then when they try to shoot a theater up or a school. Guess what bullets are flying back at them and they will realize it was a bad idea. Do you see many mass shootings in Texas."
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  • 0 +10 -10 Moose Apr. 12, 2013
    "The increase or decrease in homicides after gun restrictions or allowances is circumstantial, and there are thousands of influences on a homicide rate.

    Gun control, in the sense that we think of it, cannot exist in a modern, wealthy nation; not only can criminals get guns, but they can easily get guns. Likewise, they can easily carry guns.

    Ending CCW allowances will only cause criminals with permits to not get permits, and leave those who follow the rules defenseless. Opportunity is a large contributer to crime, and CCW allowances decrease criminal opportunity."
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  • 0 +13 -13 dakota Mar. 21, 2013
    "criminals carry guns so should citizens!!!!!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Isabel Apr. 18, 2013
      "EXACTLY!!!! The criminals aren't going to stop carrying guns just because we ask nicely...that"s why we call them CRIMINALS!!!!!! Thank you, Dakota!"
  • 0 +9 -9 Austin Feb. 21, 2013
    "i think that carrying hand guns would be an good idea because i think criminals will start avoiding padestrians
    and you can defend your self if attacked."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Perla G Feb. 15, 2013
    "Forbidding people from carrying concealed weapons will not fix the problem of mass shootings by criminals, but making stricter laws like requireing gun training and closing the gun show loophole could help"
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  • 0 +8 -8 Julia W Feb. 14, 2013
    "Adults should have the right to carry concealed weapons in public because they need some form of self-protection against the criminals of today"
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  • 0 +9 -9 Johnny Feb. 6, 2013
    "Its not that guns kill people, it's the people with the guns that aren't responsible that kill people."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Devin Jan. 17, 2013
    "We should be allowed to have right to bear arms. Everyone knows that if you were to take away guns there will just be more crimes. Because people will still carry guns and and just hide them.There will be just as many shootings as there is now. If Obama takes right to bear arms away then i think in will end up causing a lot of fight and argueing definetley with NRA. What about police authority what makes them have the right to bear arms. If we don't get to carry guns then the police shouldn't get to either. If we can't carry guns to defend ourself then the cops can't either they need to know how it feels to not be able to defend yourself. I mean what if you were to get a gun pulled out on you then i know i wouldn't want to have to go hand-to-hand combat with him. I would feel much more safe if i just could carry a gun with me!"
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  • 0 +8 -8 todd Jan. 17, 2013
    "i am pro gun because criminals are less likely to attack someone if everyone else is armed"
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  • 0 +8 -8 (^_^)Unknown Patriot Jan. 14, 2013
    "Yes, as an Americal Citizen it's your 2nd Amendment Right to do so !"
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  • -1 0 -1 wade greeson Apr. 21, 2014
    "yes because if someone carrys a hand gun with them the y have a cchance to defendtheselves from attackers"
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  • -1 0 -1 Jake Mar. 30, 2014
    "Guns can't shoot people, people shoot people."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Tyler Mar. 26, 2014
    "Should have guns because if school shootings that have been happening lately!"
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  • -1 +1 -2 korian 19 girl Mar. 18, 2014
    "i think we sould have the right to carry guns exspacle for girls like me alot of girls 1-other get kidnapp everyday and im sure if everyone hade a gun the thare not going to be meany kidnapp after that"
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  • -1 +1 -2 The Smart Guy Mar. 13, 2014
    "I think we should have the right to carry a concealed hand gun. Ever heard of the Second Amendment? Yeah, me too. Also, guns don't kill people. People kill people."
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  • -1 +2 -3 bobby werd Feb. 25, 2014
    "i think yes!"
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  • -1 +2 -3 Zane Feb. 4, 2014
    "Criminals are not going to obey an "anti-gun" law. Thats why they are criminals. Innocent citizens should at least be able to protect themselves."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Ian Jan. 31, 2014
    "You should have the right to carry a handgun. I agree, less crime will take place when law abiding citizens carry something to defend themselves with."
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  • -1 +2 -3 jax Jan. 29, 2014
    "Being trained on the subject of a handgun and knowing how to properly use one can make a dire situation managable. Most fatal accidents involve a child or preteen 13 and under. If asked on their knowledge of guns they may know very little or none at all towards guns and what they can do. Thats on the parernts for not properly educating their children! That doesnt mean having a gun is a bad thing. Criminals will get ahold of a firearm no matter how much we ban and remove them. If you choose to own a firearm it may just save you and your familie lives."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Marines Jan. 24, 2014
    "People should be able to carry concealed handguns because they could get robbed or mugged, and then they could just pull out there gun and shoot the person"
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  • -1 +2 -3 Chloee Jan. 24, 2014
    "The second amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives citizens the right to bare arms. However, with there being idiots in the world, background checks are necessary because it puts other peoples lives at risk. Weapons are to be used for defense and not to kill others unless they are harming you. It is best that felons do not get weapons so if anyone sells privately know who you're selling to."
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  • -1 +1 -2 derric deatherage Dec. 13, 2013
    "its fair for adults to carry a concealed weapon because they feel more safe from harm, and in the world we live in now, i wouldnt blame them."
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  • -1 +8 -9 james carter Feb. 4, 2013
    "i think adults should be able to carry a concealed weapon because the police will not always be there to protect you"
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  • -1 +6 -7 indy Jan. 26, 2013
    "I prefer the right to protect myself and cannot imagine an attacker waiting patiently and politely while I call 911 and wait for law enforcement to show up and protect me. Safety and responsibility are very important with gun ownership and not to be taken lightly."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Shane Jan. 17, 2013
    "Yes adults should have the right to carry a concealed handgun, but under some conditions. I mean you shouldn't just be able to go into a gun shop and buy a weapon without some sort of background check or at least a test. The good thing about adults being able to carry a concealed weapon is protection and that is what guns should be used for. The fact of the matter is, is that people are more likely not to attack someone that they think is armed, and also you just feel more safe in general if you are carrying a weapon."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Taylor Jan. 17, 2013
    "Guns are a previledge and taking them away is unconstitutional. A few bad incidences have made us rethink our rights in hopes to protect the ones we love. This is by no means idiotic; we should do whatever is best for us. A lot of us only see the bad of guns right now, so it may seem reasonable to give up some of these rights. I, however, would like to point out how much guns actually aid in protecting us.

    " laws have reduced homicides by 8.5%, aggravated assaults by 7%, rapes by 5%, and robberies by 3%."
    http://concealedguns.procon.org/#pro_con"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Chandelor Jan. 17, 2013
    "This is 'murica and we have the right to bear arms! it even says so in the Bill of Rights! "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." And I dont plan upon letting the government take away my rights, or my arms! 'murica is about freedom!"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Allen Delaune Jan. 15, 2013
    "I am PRO - As a humanitarian, a God fearing Man, and a person who truly believes that it is my God given right to protect myself, my family, my property, my state and my country as well as those who can or will not protect themselves from unjust incidents or altercations."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Sarah Jan. 8, 2013
    "Yes, adults should have the right to carry concealed weapons. It would save people's lives and we do have the right to bear arms (Amendment 2)."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Matthew Jan. 5, 2013
    "It goes back to the days that Jesus walked the earth. Luke 22:36 States... He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, & if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." So Jesus tells his disciples to arm themselves by any means, even if you have to sell your cloak, which means sell your coat."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Ross Dec. 29, 2012
    "The government cannot guarantee the safety of its individual citizens--its primary function is to protect "society" from foreign aggressors and large scale crises. Criminals do not give up their weapons be they knives, bludgeons or firearms out of fear that they are breaking the law.

    While owning a handgun is not a guarantee of security, it does grant a practiced and competent individual a fighting chance when confronted with danger. The argument that more gun owners kill themselves with their firearms than they do criminals is tangential--the issue here is about the freedom of private citizens to make a choice when it comes to their own lives (ps why do liberals endorse assisted suicide and yet cite firearm related suicide statistics to push for gun control?).

    The gun-control debate also speaks to the broader mindset of dependency. Gun owners by definition declare that "given a worst case scenario, I am not completely dependent on the government to come to my rescue." The fact that 9 times out of 10 one's individual safety is best secured through government assistance is, again, immaterial. Far from having a corrosive effect on society, the gun "culture" in this country breeds personal responsibility."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Ken N Dec. 29, 2012
    "Unfortunately the serial killer has been replaced by the mass killer. When there was a run of serial killers, we didn't ban rope, knives, items used for suffocation, etc... we studied the killer to see if there were any signs of mental illness that could have been recognized before this person decided to kill. My point? We need to concentrate on the mental health system in our country rather than look at the tool used to kill in cases such a Newtown, CT. Would it had made any difference if the killer would have drove a cement truck through the school, or if he had walked in with a homemade bomb, or if he had set the school on fire after blocking all exits? No, the facts would still remain that he was unstable and had an intent to injure or kill. And where did he do this? In a gun-free zone. If law-abiding adults (not in uniform) were able to donate their time to spend time in, or around schools, churches, etc... this tradegy may have not ended as it did. I am 110 % for concealed carry with no "gun free zones".

    With the increasingly violent criminal element in this country ready to do harm to others, I believe every good citizen should be able to carry a concealed weapon without being harrassed by polititians who are themselves protected by concealed weapons. And to those who know nothing about firearms but only bon-bons, khakis and high dollar restaurants and clubs I say to them that they are fools to ever give up their right to protect themselves and their families. Just ask those who were victimized during Katrina after law enforcement confiscated guns and left them with no protection from the lawless criminals that preyed upon many. And to those who actually think that all guns could be removed from our streets, I remind you that this was the same type of thinking that promoted the war on drugs, which by the way, has been a complete failure."
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  • -1 +6 -7 josh Dec. 23, 2012
    "Folks, it's plainly stated in the Constitution that citizens have the tight to bear arms regardless of any mental, physical, or social disorders. I believe that in a society that wasn't scared of 'evil guns', most would be carrying. Just Ike cell phones that cause cancer, guns that cause injury in the wrong hands could be stopped by a person that is trained to use their firearms proficiently. If society didn't try to demonise gun carry there would be many more advocates of guns and public carry. Shooting is fun. It also teaches social and moral responsibility if taught correctly. Bottom line if there were as many properly trained individuals carrying guns as there is carrying smart phones, I think this great country would take care of the few that might try to ruin someones day."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Rick Dec. 16, 2012
    "The police show up after the crime or need for protection so the only protection you have is to arm yourself. Did you know in ALABAMA that you can't even take a handgun to the hunting woods without having a carry permit and when on your property you can't let it be seen it has to be conceled. I have a vedio of Game Wardens stating this as LAW. What has the NRA been doing???? Nothing as these backward states like Alabama take more of our rights away, thats why I quit the NRA. If some teachers had of had a gun at the recent school shooting how many would have lived???? Arm yourself is my remedy to crime and nut cases. And why do we have to PAY $25 to have a permit every year, in my household that comes to $75 a year to own our handguns to hunt and protect ourself with thats just stupid."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Dylan Dec. 5, 2012
    "I have done a little research on this topic. Kennesaw, Georgia has a local ordinance that states that anyone who is able and legal to carry a gun must, and the crime rate has dropped astonishingly. There has not been a homicide since this law was passed.This simply proves that with guns, people are safer."
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  • -1 +6 -7 David Johnson Dec. 4, 2012
    "In Warren v. District of Columbia and Hartzler v. City of San Jose (and others) it was found that the police force did not have a duty to protect and therefore, had no liability for not protecting the population, even if there was adequate warning, such as "he came here last week and beat me up, you came and arrested him, and he just phoned to tell me he is on the way to kill me!" Specifically in Hartzler, the police response was "call us when he gets there." While this points to a home defense, it could have well be at a work situation, or anywhere else. The police have no duty to protect you."
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  • -1 +5 -6 David Johnson Dec. 4, 2012
    "I realize the general societal fear of seeing people walking around with weapons. It is one thing to go swimming and, all of a sudden, find sharks all around you. It is another thing to go swimming and have had no idea that sharks were all around you. Generally, it has been society's distrust of concealed weapons (probably playing on our sense of fair play and weapons were carried in the open) that has created the concealed weapon laws. In the past, people wore weapons openly, and in recent memory, in gun racks. Recent traumatic events have ingrained society with a post-traumatic stress disorder and naturally flinch whenever someone sees a gun on someone who is not an apparent police or security officer (uniform / badge, etc.). In much the same analogy of swimming without knowing sharks were around, the answer is to move to a strict concealed carry. Strict Concealed Carry means that you can be cited for allowing your weapon to show. The only time it is obviously out is to display deadly force, or use deadly force, to stop great bodily harm or death of yourself or other person."
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  • -1 +5 -6 David Johnson Dec. 4, 2012
    "I recently reviewed the GAO (Government Accountability Office) report "States' Laws and Requirements for Concealed Carry Permits Vary across the Nation" (GAO-12-717, Jul 17, 2012: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-717 ) (requested by Senator Diane Feinstein D-CA) and compared it to 2010 FBI UCR (Federal Bureau of Investigation) violent crime stats (Murder, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault). The links are posted below. By looking at the CCW (Carry Concealed Weapon) ratio to population by state, and violent crime per 100,000 population, it was observed that the crime rate was higher in lower CCW states. Conversely said, in states with high CCW density, there was a lower violent crime statistic."
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  • -1 +5 -6 David Johnson Dec. 3, 2012
    "Police have no duty to protect. Both the Warren v. District of Columbia, and Hartzel v. City of San Jose have affirmatively ruled that Police have no duty to protect or liability for failing to protect. Even if Police were forewarned of a valid threat to murder, police departments are not liable. Without a guarantee of protection, you only have yourself to rely on."
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  • -1 +6 -7 blob Nov. 29, 2012
    "when your husband is not home and someone breaks into your home what are you supposed to do? tell me that!"
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  • -1 +7 -8 alex Oct. 5, 2012
    "Firearms serve two important purposes and therefore they are protected constitutionally. The first is to allow people to protect themselves from each other the second is to allow people to protect themselves from tyrannical governments thus the call for a well regulated militia. The country's founders rallied these very same militias to wage war against a tyrannical government giving birth to this nation. Good government wouldn't need to strip the rights of its citizens to "protect" them. You don't stop murders and crime by taking away the means, you stop them by taking away the motivation."
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  • -1 +6 -7 cj Sep. 26, 2012
    "I think you should be able to carry around a gun because you are less likly to get robbed if the robbers know you have a weapon"
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  • -2 0 -2 Adam Hoy Mar. 12, 2014
    "I am pro because lets say you or your young adult is walking home from college, work, school. Some stranger comes up with a bat and says get in the car. They pull it out and say 'I don't think so.' and keep walking. Also knowing that absolutely anyone could have a handgun could really reduce the amount of crime."
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  • -2 0 -2 nick bellic Mar. 11, 2014
    "yes 2nd ammendment is a right you have and shall at no point be contempted. it makes our community safe as well as our family. we can kill the niggers"
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  • -2 0 -2 Alec Mar. 7, 2014
    "Less people will do a crime if they know that many other people around them have a gun on them. They will be nervous and probably not do it, unless the want to face the consequences of being brought down"
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  • -2 +6 -8 Terry Apr. 22, 2013
    "Is legal gun ownership the problem? How does making it harder for people that will use the gun legally help stop people that obtain them illegally? The problem is mostly in people with illegal firearms, very few people with legally obtained firearms cause the problem."
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  • -2 +4 -6 Mason Feb. 4, 2013
    "I do believe that the should be certain restrictions when someone applies for concealed carry, but taking them away completely would be absolutely outrageous. The first line of defense against a gun wielding psycho would be a brave citizen with a concealed handgun."
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  • -2 +3 -5 Joseph Payne Feb. 4, 2013
    "I believe that everyone should have the right to protect themselves if there is no other protection around. The police will get to the crime scene to late if a person is being assaulted by a criminal and if they cant get there in time to help that victim, then the victim should help themselves."
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  • -2 +5 -7 Jon Feb. 2, 2013
    "The Newtown, CT tragic shooting is being used to hurriedly pass legislation on a number of gun control measures, the most popular being a ban on semi-automatic handguns and so-called assault rifles, as well as high-capacity magazines. But it seems disingenuous, because none of these measures would have prevented the previous massacres. Although I heard Wayne LaPierre's comment ridiculed by many in the press/media that ""The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," it seems to me that is probably the best common sense deterrent. All of these deranged individuals carry out shootings in places where they are assured their victims are defenseless. I do agree that banning all firearms would reduce accidental deaths, but so would banning alcohol and cars--and at least those measures wouldn't remove the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend their lives and property."
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  • -2 +5 -7 tyler Jan. 24, 2013
    "what if someone tries to rob you or hurt you, how will you protect yourself. You might be weak so you cant fight back."
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  • -2 +4 -6 liberty Jan. 24, 2013
    "the crime rates areproven to go down if peoplehave loaded guns at home"
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  • -2 +3 -5 Brittany dawn Lyman Dec. 7, 2012
    "I think guns should be allowed out side of school so u can hunt on your own time so u can have things to eat all of the time."
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  • -2 +6 -8 Christina Sep. 27, 2012
    "We should have the right to protect ourselves if something unexpected happens or, say, if someone breaks into our house."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Jacob May. 22, 2013
    ""Federal courts have ruled that the 'police' are there to protect society, and not the individual. An 'armed' citizen may not have much of a chance, but an unarmed citizen has no chance what-so-ever.""
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  • -3 +3 -6 Conner May. 21, 2013
    "Guns don't kill people bad people with guns kill people! if we were not allowed to carry guns this would infringe on our second rights amendment. when infriding on this i think it would bring up riots and marches in the streets of certain states/towns."
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  • -3 +2 -5 99axz May. 10, 2013
    "Dont be stupid shoot at there feet not there head. Because if you kill them you sink to there levle. It also gives con's a right to say guns are dangeoruse. Guns are not dangeorus people are dangeorus, a gun dusnt walk around and shoot people.

    People who kill other people are dangeorus and are murderers and get what is coming to them. if you defind your country that is diffrent. but if you say you are deffinding your country by killing then it is wrong.

    There is a diffrence with killing for your country and deffinding your country. Guns shuld hold the most respect dont point it at someone if you arnt going to shoot them.

    If you own a gun do yourself a faver and pertect yourself because it will tack five min. at least for police to get there, also it wont help if you dont have the time to dile the number. All in all i think if you own a gun be safe and deffend yourself."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Anonymous Feb. 11, 2013
    "If the goal of restricting gun use is to lower crime, then people really need to look at the world.

    Switzerland's government fully encourages its citizens to own and carry a gun and they even have regulations requiring citizens to be trained on them, yet they have one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
    Britain, on the other hand, doesn't allow citizens to own and carry a gun, yet they have one of the highest crime rates in the world.

    The point is, you're not going to make crime go away just by restricting gun use.

    Think about it."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Someone:) Feb. 1, 2013
    "I think that people should be able to carry a handgun, but first they should get trained(of course) and get a mental evaluation. There should also be a limit to the amount of ammo and weapons you can buy."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Randy Oct. 31, 2012
    "This day in age I feel we should be able to protect our self with all the gangs and all. The police are never around when you need them.. And the law states that they do not have to put there life before ours.."
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  • -3 +5 -8 Bill Sep. 29, 2012
    "I can't help but note that most of the arguments for shall-issue concealed carry refer to actual statistics. Most of the arguments against concealed carry (they don't differentiate between shall-issue vs. may-issue) are emotional - and while some reference stats, it is usually with phrases such as ". . . a mountain of evidence" rather than actual citations.

    I find that significant. Emotion versus peer-reviewed statistical studies? I'll take the statistical studies as evidence and reject the emotion.

    There are currently SIXTEEN peer-reviewed statistical studies showing violent crime drops when a state adopts shall-issue concealed carry permits. There are NONE showing the opposite."
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  • -3 +6 -9 matt Sep. 22, 2012
    "anyone with a gun has a legit chance of defending themselves, family, fellow citizens and property form criminals. At 170 lbs, in good shape and having spent a lot of time studying martial arts there aer still alot of folks that could beat me and kill me, especially if armed or in a group. What chance does a 100 lb, untrained woman have against even a 150 lb man wanting to rape, kill or rob her without a gun? When a governament is no longer functioning as a tool of the people, there is only the recourse of defending yourself from thier force with force."
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  • -3 +8 -11 Seldon Sep. 18, 2012
    "yes people should be able to carry firearms"
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  • -4 +1 -5 Ryan Dec. 3, 2013
    "because without guns they is nothing to use in self-defense against the government or criminals."
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  • -4 +3 -7 David Perkins Oct. 24, 2013
    "YES! GUNS RULE! They should have the own guns becasueOur founding fathers understood the need for a free society to be an armed society, hence, the second amendment. The fact is, crime happens everyday, everywhere in the world. One cannot live freely, when in fear. There are published statistics that indicate where guns are outlawed, crime actually rises. Australia for example, homicides went up 3.2%, assaults up 8.6% and armed robberies up 44%, and all this happened just 12 months after the State disarmed it's citizens. Here in America, high crime rates are in cities that have the strictest gun laws. Crime happens multiple times daily though out the US. I have been a victim of an armed robbery. I refuse to be a victim again. I am not for criminals having guns, but as seen in Australia and Chicago, criminals do not give up their guns. Take VA Tech for example, I can only think, what if there was just one law abiding citizen, who had a concealed gun, how many lives could have been saved that day. Ted Nugent said, 'If guns cause crime, then mine are defective.' Bottom line is, It is our birth right as an American and it is our 2nd Amendment." HATERS"
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  • -4 +2 -6 Mike Oct. 10, 2013
    "Criminals look for "soft targets", i.e. people or residences. I always ask the antigunners if they would stand up for their beliefs and post a "gun free" sign in their front window. They ALWAYS refuse. Why? Because they know deep down that if crinimals know they are gun free they will be more likely to be vicimized."
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  • -5 +2 -7 William Kennedy Oct. 21, 2013
    "I think adults should be able to carry handguns because it can help the protect themselves and their families if need be and if someone doesn't like that they have it they or doesn't feel safe that they have it they need to just get over it and let that person have the right to carry there handgun"
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  • -5 +3 -8 Steve Oct. 11, 2013
    "Yes, because it is primarily a self defense tool and mechanism to a certain extent."
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  • -5 +2 -7 LJ Sep. 26, 2013
    "As a victim of domestic violence and assault I find it to be beneficial for victims to learn to defend themselves. Victims of domestic violence with the proper training can defend themselves and others around them. Concealed carry can be as beneficial as a law abiding police officer with you at all times."
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  • -5 +2 -7 Mike Jul. 25, 2013
    "If somebody breaks into your house and your the only one there, pop a cap in 'em.

    2nd Amendement Right!"
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  • -5 +2 -7 sindy Dec. 18, 2012
    "we got the right this is a free contrey"
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  • -5 +3 -8 Rob Oct. 21, 2012
    "Love how people claim to understand the second amendment, but don't know why it was important to insert it along with the right to free speech."
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  • -6 +2 -8 Marley Sep. 26, 2013
    "I believe that adults should have the right to carry a concealed handgun or have one in possession in their household because they are usually trained, and know how to properly use the firearm. Along with it being a safety issues of others, it also can help in situations with a criminal harming others with a firearm."
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  • -7 +1 -8 Christian Nov. 25, 2013
    "Many people in this world use weapons, including guns, for viloence. This is even the more reason for people to be able to conceal LEGALLY LICENSED guns to protect themselves. It is a right even written out in the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States, as the RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS"
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  • -7 +1 -8 Van W. Cottom Nov. 24, 2013
    "I think it is a basic right to carry a weapon to defend yourself. However, I do believe the second amendment was created so citizens could possess and carry weapons to defend ourselves against our own government. The later is the primary reason the state and federal government wants to eliminate guns from America."
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  • -7 +3 -10 Kendall Oct. 3, 2013
    "I feel more secure knowing I have a greater ability to protect not only myself, but others. If a person chose to walk into a restaurant, store, etc and start shooting, how would the police help? They would arrive on the scene and sit outside. Some people advocate not trying to challenge the shooter as that may cause more problems, but if someone didn't challenge him he could continue shooting unopposed.

    If I had a concealed handgun I would feel I have the responsibility as an American citizen to defend myself and the others around me."
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  • -7 +1 -8 Summer Aug. 3, 2013
    "Guns are weapons that were invented to protect, not to kill. The problem doesn't lie with guns, it's with the individuals in possession of those guns. In other words it depends on what kind of person that individual is. Finally, guns will, one way or another (namely illegally), still make it into the hands of criminals who will use them against us, so we stand a better chance by carrying a gun."
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  • -7 +2 -9 anthony Jun. 25, 2013
    "well to have a gun is like protection for some people."
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  • -8 +4 -12 No Name Typed Oct. 2, 2013
    "They should,because what if you are somewhere and some wack-o decides to start shooting everbody?"
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  • -9 +2 -11 Lee Jay Sewell Nov. 13, 2013
    "Warren vs. DC 1981 Superior Court case proved that the police and the government are not required, nor are they capable, of protecting you as an individual. It remains the incumbent responsibility of each of us to be our own protector. There are three kind of people in the world, Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs! Which one will you be?"
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  • -10 0 -10 Bob Nov. 25, 2013
    "Allowing a certain small and qualified portion of the population (non-police citizens) to carry concealed guns and ensuring that this portion is homogeneously spread around the United States will create a higher chance for crimes to be stopped while also maintain the safety of by-standards from under-qualified individuals who would have otherwise been able to carry a concealed weapon. Weapon carrying should be legalized, but only to those who pass a strict psychological and physical tests that can ensure the carried weapons are in good hands."
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  • -13 +2 -15 AnimeSoul Nov. 13, 2013
    "gun provide safty with in the person who wildes it, depending on the person holding it is weather it will be used for good or bad"
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  • -13 +1 -14 Samantha Tate Sep. 24, 2013
    "Guns can kill people. Without the weapon we would be safe."
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  • +18 +108 -90 John Nov. 18, 2012
    "Maybe, guns are not the issue. Talking about guns is a distraction. This argument just runs in circles. It does not solve problems. We need to train more and more people to be law-abiding. Maybe, "How to be law-abiding" could be a required class in high school. Thank you."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Maddy Nov. 14, 2013
      "People should definitely be law-abiding, but shouldn't they also learn some way to deal with those who choose not to?"
    • +1 +1 0 Abbey Mar. 23, 2014
      "No offense but that does not sound very effective. The fact is, you can't force people to be law abiding. They have to choose to do so. Many people do not. That is why citizens should be able to carry a gun. To protect themselves and others from those people who do decide to not follow the laws. And if you were a criminal, would you shoot or rob a place that allows guns, or somewhere that has a sign out front that says "No guns allowed"?"
    • 0 +2 -2 Joshua Dec. 2, 2013
      "That is a good suggestion but I would also go a step further and suggest gun safety and training in self defense with a gun as well."
    • -2 +2 -4 joseph Dec. 17, 2012
      "the reason why I'm a pro its because i use to live in midland texas where you had robberies,murders,shootings at schools, and rape so put your self in that position in it what would you have done if you haven,t had a gun."
  • +4 +4 0 Kelly Aug. 22, 2014
    "There are only 2 reasons that I can think of for carrying a gun in public. 1= to commit a crime. 2= to protect yourself from dangerous people. If we didn't allow the dangerous people to carry guns in public, then why would the people in group 2 need to carry guns?

    What defines a law-abiding citizen? Someone who has never broken the law. Adam Lanza (the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter) had no previous criminal record, yet he was allowed to carry a gun in public.

    The Second Amendment does not state that all law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry guns in public. It merely says that we have a "right to keep and bear arrms".

    Guns don't kill people; people kill people. Guns, however, make it easier to kill people. If you went out in public and a psycho pulled out his gun and pointed it at you, do you really think that you also having a gun would make him stop? If your psycho enough to point a gun at someone in public, then there's not much to stop you from using it.

    If you and a stranger both have guns, it's really a matter of who shoots first. Your gun can't protect you when a bullet is flying at you, can it?"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Leroy Jenkins Aug. 17, 2014
    "To all of the people who repeat the fact that it's in the law to carry guns, it is, but that law was created in the 1700's when the worst concealed weapon you could carry was a one shot pistol that took a whole minute to reload. They didn't account for technology giving people semi-automatic guns."
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    • 0 0 0 Grant Sep. 9, 2014
      "Do you think that the founding father's thought that there would be something as vast as the internet would be around? probably not, but that doesn't mean that the first amendment doesn't apply to it"
    • -1 0 -1 Luciferian Aug. 21, 2014
      "So freedom of speech doesn't apply to this website?"
  • 0 +1 -1 Steve Jul. 16, 2014
    "There are exactly 3 things required for a gun death to occur: a gun, a bullet, and a shooter. Remove any one of them from the equation and nobody dies. The NRA's position is that more guns and bullets will prevent gun deaths. It logically follows then that the NRA must believe we should remove all the shooters. Works for me."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Suzie May. 29, 2014
    "Four ways to reduce the quality of life in excess.
    Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol, and Guns, Why?"
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  • -5 +7 -12 Heart May. 2, 2014
    "Guns doesn't help make a better community. This will not help solve any problems. It's only going to make things worst then it is right now. There is going to be more violences and deaths if people can holds gun. FORGIVEN is the key to a better community."
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  • -5 +11 -16 Sam Apr. 28, 2014
    "Bruce Lee didn't need a gun..."
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  • -10 +5 -15 Jack Bryce May. 7, 2014
    "who invented the gun anyway? Isn't he or she the real one to blame? without the creations of firearms, would schoo schootings, and open fireing in movies or cafe's exist?"
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    • +1 +1 0 Mark Wynn May. 30, 2014
      "The most recent, mentally unstable murdered knifed his first three victims to death."
    • 0 0 0 Alex May. 13, 2014
      "Come on. Without firearms America would have never declared their independence and we would not be where we are today. Anyways the first firearm was made in the 13th century and no one should be blamed for their ingenious creation. Guns don't kill people. People kill people."
  • -13 +5 -18 Dale Deutsch Apr. 7, 2014
    "No because if people are allowed to carry a concealed handgun it won't be safe if people are carrying around guns on the streets and people could possibly get killed"
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  • -13 +8 -21 Kenji Cheng Mar. 21, 2014
    "We can own a gun at home that's enough for us. "Right of the people to keep and bear arms," doesn't means we can carry a gun to every area. Concealed Weapons should not be able to be carried in public because a lot of people aren't trained to shoot a gun even gun owners. Accident shooting can happen usually!"
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    • 0 0 0 Sonja Rojina Jun. 17, 2014
      "actually, to be allowed to own a gun (without a Conceal and Carry) you need to attend classes, be a certain age, and pass a test to even get a permit to have a gun, then you take it a step further for the Conceal and Carry and you have to take even more classes and be even older to get that permit. You can't judge an entire system based on the outliers. Most people with guns are responsible and dont mess around because they were trained."
  • -14 +6 -20 Scott Malawey Apr. 4, 2014
    "I'm con because no one should have the right to carry a gun except for cops to reduce crime and deaths"
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    • 0 0 0 trish May. 12, 2014
      "good luck convincing the residents of the city of Juarez (who are banned from owning weapons), who are over-run by cartels wielding automatic weapons.i don't think anyone there would say that a weapons ban has made their neighborhoods safer."
    • 0 +1 -1 Trenton Apr. 15, 2014
      "If you ban water it wont stop drowning"
  • -15 +4 -19 Alec Mar. 24, 2014
    "I think guns should be illegal all together,lets have everyone carry swords that's way cooler any way.Hey,at least we can still bear arms that way."
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  • -15 +14 -29 james carter Mar. 4, 2014
    "there are too many stupid people walking around who have no business with a drivers license much less a handgun"
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  • -16 +3 -19 jim Apr. 7, 2014
    "cops can carry 12 45 acp rounds and we can't carry more than 7"
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    • 0 0 0 Ben May. 12, 2014
      "I strongly disagree because that law only applies in New York..."
  • -16 +4 -20 Jenny Apr. 2, 2014
    "I'm pro cuz guns are scary and i dont want to see someone with a gun when i walk down the street cuz then i'll get scared and they might panic and shoot me and i'll die"
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    • 0 0 0 Colton Apr. 30, 2014
      "Why would they panic if you got scarred?"
  • -20 +4 -24 kayla Apr. 2, 2014
    "noononononoonononononnoononono deffenetly not!!!~no"
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    • +2 +2 0 markwynn May. 30, 2014
      "Kayla, you represent the emotional reaction of persons who were never allowed to shoot guns, don't understand them, and fear them. However, empirical evidence proves that where law abiding citizens have the right to carry ... violent crime goes down."
    • 0 0 0 Luciferian Aug. 21, 2014
      "Kayla, thank you for your comprehensive and well thought argument."
  • -20 +10 -30 Claudia Feb. 12, 2014
    "Concealed Weapons should not be able to be carried because some people aren't trained to shoot a gun. Unsafe shooting can happen at any time & your putting you life in danger as well those around you."
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    • +1 +1 0 Rhiannon Apr. 30, 2014
      "That is why, to own a hand gun, one should have to go through background checks and have to be trained to shoot one. It really isn't that complicated. My father taught me how to shoot when I was 10 years old, maybe younger. If someone is taught correctly there is very little to no danger in owning and carrying around a firearm."
    • +1 +2 -1 Erin Mar. 7, 2014
      "lol which is why you have to go through background checks, a certain amount of hours in class and range shooting, which in fact, all has to be approved by a certified trainer.... study up..."
  • -21 +8 -29 Connor Mar. 18, 2014
    "Guns shouldn't even exist!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Luciferian Aug. 21, 2014
      "Well, they do."
    • 0 0 0 colton Apr. 30, 2014
      "And if guns did not even exist then how far do you expect society to have advanced since the modern firearm is one the "top 20 technological achievements of all time.""
    • -2 +1 -3 carlos Mar. 19, 2014
      "i agree"
  • -23 +30 -53 Debbie Mintz Dec. 23, 2012
    "Criminals do not get their guns legally! How many Politicians, that are whining about guns, have armed body guards? They believe that a good man with a gun can shoot the bad man with a gun before the bad man gets to them. If we do away with guns for people that follow the laws, the only people with guns will be the people in service and the criminal. How many weapons has our government supplied to other countries? Our government is giving weapons to other countries at our expense, using our tax dollars to supply other countries. Why has our government made the largest ammunition purchase in receint history and then want to band guns for its citizens? I am truely sad that we have people that will kill little children! The person that did this did not get his guns legally, and had no history. There is no way we can know who, or when someone will snap and the rest of us should be able to protect ourself when it happens. I like the idea of having an armed officer at every school. We should also have a nurse at every school! But it seems more important to our government that we support other countries instead of our own."
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  • -24 +9 -33 Foe Dec. 16, 2013
    "I Disagree. The only time they should have a handgun is at home to protect there homes and families. Most of the gun cases is done by adults. For example when you hear mass shootings all of them are over 21. This is ridiculus. pEOPLE misuse a gun when they have it on them. They think they have the power and misuse the amendment."
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    • +1 +1 0 LeaderLTT Jan. 24, 2014
      "The Colibine shooting was by two students at the school. Virgina Tech a student who was rejected. Not all of the shooters are over 21. I've lived places where a teen got shot by another teen, for not getting something. Teens do kill as well as adults. Some of the times a bully will be guned down, but the victim. I'm not justifling killing a cilivian, but what is just is just."
    • 0 0 0 Colton Apr. 30, 2014
      "Also a great number of those shootings where the shooter was over 21 was found to be mentally unstable at the time of the event that is another crack in the license system. Lastly nearly all of those shootings have nothing to do with concealed carry they were open display."
    • 0 0 0 FRIEND Feb. 14, 2014
      "REPLY TO NO. 9 = FOE...
      NONSENSE.... MOST SCHOOL SHOOTINGS WERE PERFORMED BY SICK CHILDREN UNDER 21 YRS OLD.
      WHY STATE UN-TRUTH TO MAKE YOUR POINT. YOU CERTAINLY DO NOT KNOW WHAT "PEOPLE THINK" NOW DO YOU?"
  • -24 +27 -51 John Dec. 17, 2012
    "I am not opposed to peaceful people carrying guns. But we need much more than this. People need to talk politely, and promote spiritual self-esteem in people. Happy people are less likely to commit crimes. Thank you."
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  • -25 +13 -38 S2E2 Feb. 14, 2013
    "The controversy of concealed weapons have been spreading across our great nation for quite some time now and it's getting out of hand. We could solve this issue by agreeing on a solution for whether or not people should have concealed weapons, but that's not how this country rolls. We either have to nut up or shut up and get busy making a compromise for the people of this country so that we'll all feel safer at night."
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  • -25 +28 -53 pieinabutt Jan. 24, 2013
    "While handguns might make people feel safer in the case of them not being hurt I believe that this is a false hope. If you give an untrained idiot with a gun and let him roam free on the streets this will do no good. He will react to any situation that seems unjust to him. Giving the general public handguns will cause an outstanding raise in people trying to "be the hero". Vigilantism is illegal in the United States. Any person with a gun can easily hurt more"
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    • +4 +4 0 Mr.justaguy Sep. 24, 2013
      "In order to legally get a concealed hand gun permit you have to take a training course that teaches you both how to shoot and when you are allowed to use the concealed firearm. so It is highly unlikely that, as you have said, an untrained idiot would go around being a vigilantly. Just saying"
    • +1 +1 0 BannaWhite Jan. 22, 2014
      "if we had no guns then how will be protect ourselves just think about it, if the user were to have a gun to protect them then they would be smart to only use it if something terrible were to happen they would be responsible!"
  • -26 +11 -37 Mabemo Nov. 22, 2013
    "The fact that we are even having a debate about this is absurd. Guns are dangerous people!!! I believe that we should leave the carrying of guns to the law enforcement officials. If we allow normal citizens to carry guns, do you not know how much chaos there will be? Gun accidents will happen more often. People will have the choice to use their guns in the smallest arguments. Unless we take a stand against this concealed carry stuff, there will always be violence in this country."
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    • +4 +4 0 robert Jan. 30, 2014
      "Even if we do not allow our citizens to carry guns criminals will always have them and the law abiding citizens will have no way to protect there selves a police officer won't always be there to save you."
    • +2 +2 0 Chris Feb. 13, 2014
      "Police cant be everywhere. Criminals will have ways to get guns. Marijuana is illegal in most states and people still have it. It would be the same with guns. But if we have no way to defend our self from a criminal then were dead. If a teacher at sandy hook elementary had a gun to defend them and their students do you think the outcome would have been different?"
    • +1 +1 0 Observer Feb. 10, 2014
      "Because concealed carry is to blame for all the killings in DC and Chicago, right?"
    • 0 0 0 FRIEND Feb. 14, 2014
      "REPLY TO MABEMO -9
      YEA, FOR SURE THE POLICE PREVENT ANYTHING, HUH?
      THEY TOO THEY NEVER SHOOT UNNECESSARILY EITHER, DO THEY? YOU ARE IN THE "DREAM ZONE"."
  • -26 +10 -36 Karla Feb. 14, 2013
    "Concealed handguns bring danger to the holder and everyone else around the gun carrier. If guns were never allowed all the mass shooting could have been prevented."
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  • -26 +10 -36 Sisley De la o Feb. 14, 2013
    "When the 2nd Amendment was created the authors of the constitution would have never imagined that later on guns would be easier to use and used to harm innocent people. Guns changed, therefore the 2nd Amendment should change too. Adults should not have the right to bear arms."
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    • +6 +6 0 Sam Mar. 20, 2013
      "When the 1st Amendment was written the authors of the Constitution would have never imagined that later on the written word would be easier to use and access and used to reach millions of people every day. Technology changed, therefore the 1st Amendment should change too. Adults should not have the right to free speech."
  • -26 +8 -34 Carla Soppler Feb. 14, 2013
    "Concealed handguns bring danger to the holder and everyone else around the gun carrier. If guns were never allowed all the mass shooting could have been prevented."
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  • -26 +14 -40 Jayda Jan. 17, 2013
    "I like Obama's proposal of not being aloud to carry guns. It's really dangerous, and not safe. I understand if someone wants to have it to be safe, but a lot of people would use it for harm. Not just to have in case they're endangered."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Colby Mar. 9, 2013
      "thats not just obamas proposal, thats been going around a long time. but the thing is once you take the law abiding citizens guns away (who would be the ones loosing their hard earned weapons) the only people with guns would be the gang bangers and such. leaving defenseless families. making rape, theft, and possibly even murder rise in the cites that law was meant to protect."
    • +1 +2 -1 Jill Mar. 19, 2013
      "Murdering is illegal. Does it still happen?"
  • -26 +9 -35 ty Jan. 4, 2013
    "never it is killing our society when people are killing others just because their life isn't perfect also these teens and others are getting a hold to their guardians firearms and killing each other especially people from 15-28 and this is coming from a 15 year old perspective so stop the violence and when you say i don't know a lot, only what i hear from T.V my uncle worked in the army and thought me about how this stuff is preventable"
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  • -26 +11 -37 joe Dec. 17, 2012
    "Are there examples where an armed citizen stepped into the middle of a mass-shooting and shot the offender? I have not heard of any but there certainly could be.

    The vast majority of citizens are in fact allowed to carry weapons but they choose not to, are pro-gun folks asking that we all should be forced to carry guns?

    We need to make it very very hard to get a hand gun or any other weapon. We need to end the ability to get guns without a serious background check (like at gun shows and online). Yes, truly evil people will get them,but if there are fewer floating around then they will be harder to get. We should no longer care about the profits of gun companies.

    The Constitution clearly says 'militia'"
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    • +1 +1 0 Daniel G Apr. 22, 2013
      "Here are some links to examples where an armed citizen was able to stop a shooting:
      http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/concealed-weapons-save-lives-article-1.1121161

      http://www.ktvn.com/Global/story.asp?S=8378732

      http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2012-12-19.html
      (This one lists several examples)"
  • -26 +16 -42 Luccesi Voltz Dec. 15, 2012
    "The main question is, why should someone have the need to CONCEAL their weapon? As the law in WI stood in the past, one could carry his/her own weapon around in public, provided that it was in plain site. Now, I understand the notion that having the right to concealed carry is intended to act as a deterrent to street violence in general, but it's a double-edged sword that we're dealing with here: while we may have empowered well-meaning citizens, we have ALSO empowered deviants, people who overreact under pressure (i.e. someone who may wrongfully apply deadly force as opposed to going for the kneecap, e.g. the Bo Morrison case), and piss-poor marksman (e.g. "Damn! I missed him. Sorry about your kneecap, miss!").

    As a 3rd degree blackbelt, a teacher in self-defense seminars, and a man who's traveled to some of the most dangerous countries in the world, I can tell you first hand that the most effective method of self defense is STREET SMARTS, not engaging in violence. With any amount of good sense about you, you can prevent most situations before they even happen."
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  • -26 +18 -44 kelis Nov. 5, 2012
    "no because many people gaet hurt because of these guns"
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    • +4 +4 0 Johnnie Nov. 13, 2012
      "No, like the facts said, 0.03% of murders were by people that held permits. It's generally hard to get a conceal to carry permit unless you are responsible."
  • -27 +4 -31 philip Feb. 3, 2014
    "look at George Zimmerman he killed a 16 year old kid for no rrson he needs to go to jail"
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  • -27 +7 -34 Kim Dec. 16, 2013
    "Plus, If we have the right to carry a concealed weapon then how come when cops see americans have guns on them they quickly to arrest them? If the 2nd ammendment is protecting and bearing us. How come law enforcement are soo quickly to arrest citizens when they say i have it for self defense. YEAH if the cops says no then THE ANSWER IS NO!"
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  • -27 +12 -39 Rick Cowell May. 13, 2013
    "If a villain or person without a criminal record were to own a gun who is to say they will not use it and then have a criminal record already hurting public or other sort of person"
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    • +4 +4 0 Samuel Johnson May. 20, 2013
      "If they were planning to use the gun, and if the government makes it illegal, they will just get the guns illegally."
  • -27 +12 -39 Karla Sobler Feb. 14, 2013
    "Concealed handguns bring danger to the holder and everyone else around the gun carrier. If guns were never allowed all the mass shootings could have been prevented"
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    • +4 +4 0 Brenda Apr. 10, 2013
      "I don't think that's true. Yes, mass shootings would have stopped with there is no guns but that does not mean that the people that died at the mass shootings will be alive now if it wasn't for guns. I think if someone really wants to kill someone, they will do it with anything. That means a knife, a frying pan, ANYTHING."
    • +4 +4 0 a guy Feb. 28, 2013
      "guns are in the secind amendment"
    • +2 +2 0 Isabel Apr. 18, 2013
      "Someone would have come up with it, and we wouldn't have known what hit us. People would have died, and we would have no way to defend ourselves. We need guns."
  • -32 +35 -67 Dakota May. 9, 2012
    "I love guns but i hate when random people point them at me!"
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    • +13 +13 0 Shawn Nov. 2, 2012
      "Because random people point guns at you everyday?"
  • -47 +14 -61 Mitchell May. 31, 2012
    "Because some adults are careless and leave there stuff behind and then someone can take it and can hurt someone very badly."
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    • +3 +3 0 Seejay Sep. 17, 2012
      ""Leave their stuff behind"? That's really a petty and remote argument for the Con side. Most handguns cost several hundred dollars, and gun-owners tend to regard them with love and care. Additionally, in the exceptionally rare case where this would present a problem, this is where personal responsiblity comes into play, something much maligned these days."
    • -1 0 -1 Chuck Black Jan. 3, 2013
      "Nobody gets hurt by the gun. Theyre hurt by the bullet."
  • -51 +39 -90 Karlie Oct. 7, 2011
    "i think it shouldnt be allwed to let people carry guns unless they go through a backround check and other types of checks to make sure they will not abuse the use of the weapon."
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    • +5 +6 -1 Duane Oct. 27, 2011
      "that is already the case in EVERY jurisdiction. The chance of getting a concealed permit if you have ever seen the inside of a jail cell even if arrested improperly is about 0%."
  • -52 +22 -74 Brandon Mar. 8, 2012
    "I'm con because if someone has a concealed weapon, the situation can escalate to a whole new level. Then things will end up getting worse."
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    • +6 +6 0 Steve Jul. 19, 2012
      "As a ccw holder I deflate the situation as much as possible and pulling my firearm is a last no other choice option.......I will run like a coward if I can there is no shame in staying alive and saving money in legal fee's. My firearm is my save life device not stir up trouble and be an idiot device. I would rather someone have a firearm to protect themselves then live a fairy tale thinking the cops will save them."
    • +3 +3 0 Anonymous Apr. 10, 2012
      "I agree with Ken (below). Who wants to just lay down and let a criminal do what they want to do with you? And, by the way, getting a concealed weapon permit doesn't let the obtainee get a gun, they just have a permit. You can own a CCW permit without owning a weapon to carry"
    • +3 +4 -1 Ken Mar. 30, 2012
      "I have no interest in becoming a victim. I believe in having a sporting chance if faced with a life or death situation. While I too would love to see world peace, I am not willing to take a chance by hoping that my attacker might suddenly change his mind and leave me alone out of the goodness of his heart, nor would I put my family in such a situation. I consider those who would do so, irresponsible, naive cowards. Like it or not, our world has become a dangerous place."
  • -52 +25 -77 mekiel; Mar. 1, 2012
    "true it's a constitutional right but if we dont do it the crime rate will go up. if people have cocealed guns more people will be tempted to be a criminal. we will be going into a self suicide economy. if we dont stop it the streets will ruled by blood thirsty criminals. the whole system will collapse"
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    • +8 +8 0 Ken Mar. 30, 2012
      "Really???? Do you really believe that by allowing someone to carry a gun that they all of a sudden become demonized??? That is completely ridiculous. Does that also mean then that if someone purchases a prescription drug, they automatically abuse it and become a drug abuser????"
    • +2 +4 -2 Ethan Apr. 22, 2012
      "This logic is completly flawed in every aspect. It is simple OUR founding fathers set up this country so that the people do not have to rely on the government for everything. if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns and then the law abiding citizen will have to rely on Big Brother to protect the. Take your socialistic values to some other communistic baby killing website and post them there."
    • 0 0 0 Alex Sep. 24, 2013
      "Oh my god. Switzerland has an open law for firearms and they have one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Your point is invalid."
  • -53 +23 -76 Raul Jan. 7, 2012
    "Where do people who have a legal concealed weapon go? Because there are many locations that do not permit them, isn't it inconvenient to carry one and then realize that a destination has posted a notice that weapons are not allowed, e.g., some shopping malls, parks, private businesses, and in Wisconsin, those persons with a CCW license may carry a concealed handgun in a tavern only if NOT consuming alcohol."
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    • +4 +5 -1 Andrew Jan. 26, 2012
      "In my state I can carry my gun into a private business that does not permit CCW whenever I want. The only legal consequence is if I am asked to leave and refuse. Needless to say I have never been asked to leave private property because of my CONCEALED weapon. So the answer to your question is: about 95% of the places I go I can carry legally."
    • +3 +5 -2 schmag Feb. 6, 2012
      "most of the time if I encounter an area that the owner has decided not to allow carry. I simply don't go there, there are plenty of places to buy what I need I will support those businesses that don't have a problem with it.
      besides, I think the fish wouldn't mind a choice to leave the barrel."
    • +2 +2 0 Seejay Sep. 17, 2012
      "A "no guns" sign outside a store or private property has no legal weight. There are stringent guidelines about where guns actually can't be taken (e.g. government buildings, stadiums, places of nuisance, etc.), but, as mentioned below, the only legal consequence would be if the gun were known about and you refused to leave or remove it from the property. Also, technically, it's not legal to flourish, or even "print" a gun (e.g. let its impression show through clothing), so a proprietor shouldn't know about it anyway."
    • +2 +4 -2 Gregg Feb. 23, 2012
      "I carry mine everywhere I go."
  • -54 +23 -77 Dakota Adams May. 8, 2012
    "Some people are just stupid with guns. That is their own falt that they can not control their concealed handguns. The only ages that should carry around concealed guns are the ages 6-18. After 18 they should not be able to carry around guns and get switched to swords."
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  • -54 +25 -79 OPPS Feb. 29, 2012
    "a concealed handgun is deadly in some casses not all but if used a wepon of murder that is worst use of a wepon"
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    • +1 +1 0 Anna Apr. 19, 2013
      "Soooo, dont use it for murder, like MOST of the people with liesences... That was easy..."
  • -54 +57 -111 Nat May. 15, 2011
    "I'm somewhat con, meaning that this should be only true for people who have received background checks. This is simply for the purpose of safety, and if a person passes the check, no harm done- they certainly have that right."
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    • +10 +11 -1 Nicholas Jun. 24, 2011
      "If you are applying for a CCW (Concealed Carried Wepon) they do background checks and you have to take multiple classes to even get your license. This is to make sure people dont abouse their firearms."
  • -55 +22 -77 dabrejhabowman Feb. 1, 2012
    "peole shouldnt be able to carry conceald hand guns with out a licence not a permit a licence"
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    • +7 +8 -1 Gregg Feb. 23, 2012
      "Can you articulate the difference?"
    • +6 +10 -4 Schmag Feb. 6, 2012
      "until you can spell license and concealed properly, I don't think you should carry either."
    • +1 +2 -1 g Apr. 10, 2012
      "permit=license. figure it out"
  • -56 +34 -90 Are you serious? Oct. 18, 2011
    "I highly disagree. First of all if a person knew you had a gun then the chance of crime would be severely reduced opposed to if they did not. What if you are with your girl friend or boyfriend and the both of you are out late and a guy comes up on you with his gun drawn trying to rob you? Do you think that they are going to give you a chance to reach for your concealed weapon? On the other hand if they are aware that you have a gun then they would reconsider."
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    • +6 +7 -1 Billy Bob Jan. 25, 2012
      "THE POINT OF CARRYING A WEAPON CONCEALED IS SO THAT CRIMINALS DON'T KNOW YOU HAVE IT!!! Do you think a criminal is going to approach you and say, "Draw, you yella belly varmint." No, he's going to take your wallet, then take your gun for waltzin' around with it on your side like your Wyatt Earp at OK Corral."
    • 0 0 0 robert Jan. 30, 2014
      "but if some one was going to shoot or rob someone and saw that you had a gun they would kill you first"
    • 0 0 0 Atro Aug. 18, 2012
      "I am for concealed and open carry. In that scenario, I would still prefer concealed. I believe that in "shall issue" states where the citizens are allowed to carry concealed, the likelihood of someone just walking up to someone like you described with gun drawn is low. Most people who are credentialed to carry concealed have also had a lot of training and would observe this risk well in advance. He would probably be dropped if he persisted within the 10 ft radius with a drawn gun."
  • -57 +28 -85 Rialta Nov. 10, 2011
    "will people respect the fact that if law enforcement officers come up to them and the person has a gun they might be shot if they look like the "bad guy.""
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    • +3 +5 -2 annon Nov. 21, 2011
      "that is not a good argument at all. that is like me saying why dont people respect the vewpoint of the kkk and african americans. if a police officer was to shoot just some guy with a gun it was because they pointed the gun at them. someone with a permit respects the law and will follow it. if a police officer told them to put it doun, they would. then they would get the chance to give there story to them then or later at the station."
    • +2 +2 0 Daniel Apr. 11, 2013
      "The only reason the person with the gun would be shot is if he is doing something stupid. Police don't go around and shoot anyone with a gun. They shoot people who misuse guns and pose a threat to others."
    • 0 0 0 moose Sep. 13, 2012
      "When you are going to take a shot at someone you are almost always sure of who you are taking aim at. and you will usually only shoot if that person is doing something bad that is endangering you or someone else. you dont just spray and prey. also, law enforcement usually make sure that others knkow that they are law enforcement by simply saying something such as lapd or nypd or or or or. so ha. whos right now..."
    • -2 0 -2 Dan Nov. 30, 2012
      "Yes because cops are just allowed to shoot whomever they want."
    • -4 0 -4 zevern Dec. 8, 2011
      "thats true"
  • -57 +40 -97 Anonymous Sep. 22, 2011
    "For every person who uses a gun responsibly, there will be another one who doesn't. It is not worth the risk."
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    • +2 +4 -2 Sam Nov. 13, 2011
      "Can you prove that? Doubt it."
    • +2 +5 -3 their right Nov. 9, 2011
      "you are right for evey person who will use it right their will be one unsmart person who ruins it and uses it the wrong way"
    • 0 0 0 e Feb. 9, 2012
      "couldnt the same be said for everything? like money, for example, but you still use that without arguement, and you really don't need to."
    • -1 +1 -2 Ken Mar. 30, 2012
      "In our current state, only the one who is irresponsible with the gun is carrying one. Add those who would carry in a responsible manner and you no longer have a victim."
  • -60 +23 -83 Sarah Jameson Dec. 20, 2011
    "I think that people should NOT carry handguns because then some crazy phyco person with a concealed handgun will shoot some innocent people. Do you want more people DEAD?! I didn't think so!"
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    • +8 +9 -1 Dawn Feb. 4, 2012
      "I am going to try to remain calm in my reply. People that have concealed handguns are not psycho and crazy. They do have to go through a training program, pass a written exam as well as a shooting examination. Crazy Psycho's are not allowed to purchase firearms. If you have a history of psychiatric care, or even using medication, you cannot possess a firearm. Crazy psycho people that are carrying handguns don't have a concealed carry license and are not possessing a firearm legally. Please try to have an open mind and consider the other view of things"
    • +5 +5 0 Ken Mar. 30, 2012
      "Don't be so naive, if a "crazy psycho" really wanted to kill someone, they wouldn't need a gun. However, regardless of what he used, he certainly wouldn't have the opportunity to keep killing if some of those innocent people he was targeting were carrying concealed weapons."
    • +5 +6 -1 Tyler Feb. 27, 2012
      "anyone can shoot a person randomly, that's not the question, it's the conceal carry law this article is talking about not guns in general, and besides if someone crazy is running around shooting a gun, the conc. carry law would allow someone else carrying a gun to help out others and shoot the crazy guy down"
    • +4 +5 -1 Robin Apr. 18, 2012
      "If some "psycho" person wants to go "shoot some innocent people" then they will go shoot some innocent people, wether or not its legal to carry a weapon. If neighbor "Joe" ,a law abiding citizen exercising his right to bear arms, sees this psycho attack he might be able to stop him before any innocent people are killed."
    • 0 0 0 ethan Jan. 8, 2013
      "really hey genious phsycos cant get conceal and carry because they do background checks!"
    • 0 +3 -3 jeff Dec. 26, 2011
      "You are ok with a pysco person carring illagal? If you and your family are out and say you have a daughter, guy comes up with a gun and says I want your daughter and she is coming with me. I guess you will be ok with that? Guess what if you did carry , do you think that guy would have done that to you? Yes thought so!!!!!!"
    • -1 0 -1 js Jan. 13, 2012
      "that will never happen"
    • -3 0 -3 bob saget Feb. 1, 2012
      "jeff think about what you just said there....Ofcourse your going to fight when the oppurtunity presents itslf, but by the time you reach for your gun whats going to stop him from just shooting you and the rest of your family then. Sure you shot him but guess what he accidentally shot your kid while trying to shoot you....no matter what way you look at it, its to much of a risk."
  • -60 +23 -83 Mike Nov. 23, 2011
    "I think that every person has the right to own a gun of any kind. The Bill of Rights clearly says that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." The right to 'bear', however, does not mean the right to 'conceal'.

    Concealing a lethal weapon is an infringement of public safety and safety overrides certain laws, like the 2nd amendment, if necessary."
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    • +5 +5 0 Andrew Jan. 26, 2012
      "The second amendment is not a "law," it is a constitutional amendment, which means that all statutes (laws) have to conform to it, not the other way around. The laws conform to the constitution, the constitution does not conform to the laws."
    • +3 +5 -2 schmag Feb. 6, 2012
      "People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.
      ...Ben Franklin..."
    • -1 0 -1 Ken Mar. 30, 2012
      ""to bear" means "to carry" and "to bring" according to the dictionary. No mention of how to bring or carry. You are confusing "to bear" with "to bare". Review your dictionary before making such a statement."
    • -3 0 -3 adam Feb. 29, 2012
      "the bear part in right to bear arms means to hold or to prop up. so technacally we do have a right you LIBERAL TREE HUGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • -60 +30 -90 berk smith Aug. 3, 2011
    "Im against it for the sole reason that if you conceal carry and are in a confrontation you are more likely to get shot than if you don't carry."
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    • +1 +1 0 Seejay Sep. 17, 2012
      "If you're in such a situation, you're a lot more likely to be prepared, mentally, and to know what to do (including when *not* to draw), in comparison with someone, for example, who has no experience with firearms and is frightened to death of them."
    • +1 +2 -1 doug Dec. 28, 2011
      "Based on what information? Please educate me."
    • 0 +1 -1 Ken Apr. 2, 2012
      "Well...........while you are trying to talk reason with someone about to shoot you, .......I'll be runnin and gunnin!!! Good Luck!!!"
  • -63 +15 -78 annon Nov. 21, 2011
    "if everyone were to have a concealed handgun permit then tensions would get really high really quickly, and quickly escalate to a violent place quickly. almost like the movies where one person draws a gun and they are all aiming at each other like a big web. if evryone is like that then there will be more and more deaths then before."
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  • -66 +7 -73 redJERK56 Apr. 12, 2012
    ""Should adults have the right to carry a concealed handgun?" that question is easy. NOOOO!"
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    • +4 +4 0 Jimmy Aug. 24, 2012
      "In a perfect world, yes. Go to every law breaking criminal they can't carry their weapons in a concealed manor. If no law abiding, certified, and qualified citizens had weapons, who would always get their way? How about all the times someone goes to rob a gas station and the clerk pulls out his gun and ends the dispute. How about all the times the clerk didn't have a side arm and the robber shoots then anyway. Is it right? What clerk would you rather be? Do you think most criminals are that intelligent? I am guessing probably not because that is their best idea to make money."
    • 0 0 0 ty Dec. 5, 2013
      "Yes we should!! Also, if teachers could carry guns in schools, Sandy Hook would have never happened. but people like you think that getting rid of all gun rights will help us. There is a such thing as a black market."
  • -71 +29 -100 Nevar Jul. 12, 2011
    "It's not right, this will never solve anything. Life we become worst if this law in passed. There will be more crime in our world."
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    • +1 +1 0 Seejay Sep. 17, 2012
      "Ask anyone who's ever been to prison. If in a public place they thought there was even a 10% chance of someone nearby of having a gun on them, they would be way less likely of committing a violent crime. You forget that people who commit violent crimes are intrinsically cowards, because they prey only upon the weak and vulnerable. A potential victim with a gun is a lot less likely to be a victim."
    • -1 +1 -2 ethan Jan. 8, 2013
      "its already passed in 50 states. except illinois"
  • -72 +29 -101 javon reese May. 18, 2011
    "no because some adults will use that situation to an advantage that could be VERY FATAL!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    • 0 0 0 chris May. 5, 2014
      "so if someone breaks in to your house and has your family at gun point your saying that you would rather die then have a hand gun."
    • 0 +2 -2 Shawn Nov. 2, 2012
      "Its a gun.... Its suppose to be FATAL!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • -104 +35 -139 Doug Apr. 28, 2011
    "I, unfortunately, fully understand the Second Amendment to the Constitution. A private citizen has nothing to do with the state's ability to maintain a well established militia. This topic is a dead horse, the NRA is way too powerful and the economic interest of gun manufactures is too potent. When the violence finally gets to the point that the police are outgunned (as they currently are in many cities), the citizens will take the responsible route."
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    • +11 +13 -2 Ed May. 7, 2011
      "Do you know why we have selective service? It is because every male citizen between 18-35 is expected to own and train with a firarm and fight if necessary. That is what we would call a militia. Not the national guard. The government should never have more power than we do. That is a country I never want to live in. The NRA is not an organization I belong to. In fact I don't belong to any gun organization. I am just a responsible gun owner who believe in my right to own and carry a gun for the purpose of lawful self defense. I live in a city where violence is bad, but unlike the rest of the US, our crime in going down. We have less gun homicides here then illinois. Illinois completely bans the carrying of concealed weapons. The brady bunch doesn't tell you that part. They would have you believe all these tragedies could be prevented. Not quite."
    • +2 +5 -3 Confidential Feb. 14, 2012
      "Liberals (BUT NOT ALL) seem to think we live in a perfect society where talking over issues solves everything. Well, that works until some loser "pops a glock" and things turn out bad. I'm pretty sure that the colonies during the Revolutionary War didn't gain their independence by talking to the British. They SHOT them!!!"
    • +2 +3 -1 Andrew Jan. 26, 2012
      "When the violence finally gets to what level? Were you aware that every single year since Florida and other states began passing CCW laws in the mid 90s has seen a DECREASE in gun violence and violent crime in general? If you don't believe me you can check out the FBI reports for yourself, this is a well documented and widely recognized fact."
    • +1 +4 -3 ute Nov. 10, 2011
      "yes the police are out gunned often, but citizens will only take the responsible route after the fact, people are going to die. yes if the bad guy knows the good guys has a gun he will think twice befor shooting, but he will shoot non the less, and he will be perpared with his weapon at hand, the rest of us-those who have no real need for a gun will have to "pull out their weapon,take off the safety then shoot. the Bad guy more than likely has less empathy his gun will be the first to go off."
    • 0 +1 -1 Seejay Sep. 17, 2012
      "The "responsible route" being to only allow police and criminals/aspiring criminals to have guns? Police can't be everywhere. Police are a purely reactive element of the justice system, reacting only *after* things happen. A gun can very easily prevent things from happening."
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