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Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?

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  • +131 +183 -52 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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    • +2 +9 -7 nate Mar. 11, 2015
      "what if the person with the concealed gun was the killer"
    • -7 +2 -9 Dick Dec. 1, 2015
      "Hey, great idea! give a random crazy white republican a gun and call it all good! Nope they have all the training! Sounds amazing!!!!!"
    • -14 +6 -20 Nicole Jan. 12, 2015
      "If carrying guns were illegal, there might be no shooting primarily."
  • +67 +114 -47 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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    • +1 +4 -3 WzdmSeeker Mar. 30, 2015
      "Don't forget that forks make people fat and pencils misspell words! Anyway, I think your main point is right on. For most of us, once our opinions are formed, there is no changing them. Sites like this are really just for entertainment. No one is here because they're thinking about changing their mind!"
    • 0 0 0 ayyyyyy May. 2, 2018
      "also its not the guns that kill people its the people that kill people"
    • -1 0 -1 Christian M Mar. 10, 2016
      "If cars dont kill people then why are there hum v's with 50s on them and tuw missles-_-"
    • -2 0 -2 Anon Jan. 7, 2016
      "Cars were not specifically designed to kill people."
  • +57 +105 -48 joes biglehorn Dec. 4, 2013
    "It is the Freaking law. People have the right to bear arms!"
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    • +4 +7 -3 Loco Taco Nov. 29, 2014
      "Exactly and if our government takes that right away a little bit here and a little bit there then they will have taken away a constitutional right away under our noses and we will have gotten used to gun control laws so much to where only a few will still care."
  • +39 +61 -22 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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  • +37 +73 -36 jon smith Jan. 21, 2014
    "its just protection"
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  • +36 +53 -17 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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  • +33 +61 -28 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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    • 0 0 0 Boos Mar. 1, 2018
      "but what if a person gets mad at you and because he has a gun he will kill you"
    • 0 0 0 dddd Feb. 8, 2017
      "agree that saftey important, so ban guns. try to make a safe place, than become a killing place."
    • 0 +1 -1 Stephen Geremia 2nd Jun. 1, 2015
      "I'm pro, but not all people use it for that purpose. Background checks are important"
  • +31 +63 -32 Paul May. 30, 2014
    "'s our right!"
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  • +27 +54 -27 Frank Dec. 4, 2013
    "it is said in the constitution that eveybody has the right to carry a firearm"
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    • +1 +4 -3 Lydia S Apr. 23, 2015
      "i agree"
  • +26 +42 -16 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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  • +23 +35 -12 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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  • +19 +34 -15 GTFO Dec. 10, 2014
    "I'm sorry I'm overweight... I own a spoon...
    I'm sorry I failed that test... I couldn't control my pencil...
    Last time I left my gun out on the table and left it there all day it didn't shoot anyone. Either I have a good mannered gun, or your arguments are invalid."
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    • +1 +1 0 A_Concerned_citizen Nov. 9, 2017
      "WHOA! My gun did that too!"
  • +16 +30 -14 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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  • +15 +25 -10 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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  • +15 +25 -10 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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  • +15 +32 -17 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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  • +12 +26 -14 Jake Mar. 30, 2014
    "Guns can't shoot people, people shoot people."
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    • +1 +1 0 Christian M Mar. 7, 2016
      "A gun can alway dry fire and hit someone."
    • +1 +1 0 Jaden hunt Mar. 1, 2016
      "But what does that have to do with carry and conceal"
  • +11 +22 -11 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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  • +10 +19 -9 Gearmoe Nov. 13, 2014
    "Carry, YES. Many people carry and I have yet to hear of a case where a law-abiding citizen became problematic. The problematic ones are not law-abiding."
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  • +10 +18 -8 Alexander W Oct. 27, 2014
    "if you were in a shooting at a school or a market you would think a gun could be nice it could even save you life and not only you but the people around if someone got into my house and tired to kill me or my family i would not sand by and wait to to die or hide and hope he or she would not find me i would stand up for my self i would not have to us a gun i could use anything."
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  • +10 +26 -16 ty Apr. 9, 2014
    "Guns are great for defending the helpless and lowering the crime rate!"
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    • -3 0 -3 Jaden Feb. 29, 2016
      "But guns are the main reason for high crime rates. So how are they going lower the crime rate."
  • +10 +20 -10 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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    • +1 +1 0 alyssa Jan. 13, 2014
      "i agree 100 percent!!!!!!!! :)"
  • +9 +19 -10 Shaniah Nov. 24, 2014
    "Im working on a speech and slide show that i have to give in class about this subject and it just makes me mad that i cant get a simple picture of a gun to put on my slide show! the school has it blocked! its not like im gonna kill somebody with a picture of a gun!"
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  • +9 +18 -9 Delsin Jun. 5, 2014
    "Yes I think that if an adult wants to have a gun then let them."
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  • +8 +17 -9 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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  • +7 +13 -6 Alyssa I. Feb. 12, 2015
    "Responsible adults should be permitted to own guns. If a criminal attacks them a gun, they should have a fair playing field. At least give the law-abiding citizen a fighting chance for their life."
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  • +5 +17 -12 Eric Jan. 6, 2015
    "according to the constitution you have the right to bear arms"
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    • 0 0 0 Unknown Feb. 1, 2018
      "wrong type of bare bud ;] hahaha"
  • +3 +10 -7 Cameron Apr. 16, 2015
    "People who think gun control will help anything are stupid. Criminals will get guns weather the law says they can or not- they're criminals!"
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    • 0 0 0 Hannah K. Sep. 22, 2016
      "You think so much like I do"
  • +3 +13 -10 Ryan Nov. 20, 2014
    "Ok, for example like last night there was a shooting at FSU Wounded 3 people but he got stopped within 10 mins or less. If we have officer offcials watching out on the public we are doing great. There are many reasons why we should have a gun though. It should be used in the right way and not the harmful way. Thats like putting someone in a cell with murders and him just standing there while 5 other guys with felonys hitting on him and on and on...If you want to make someone suffer more im just saying "Guns cant control themselves, people control it" so if we can some how control the people from not raging on others everything will be safe."
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  • +3 +13 -10 Chris B Nov. 2, 2014
    "here is where i am at...
    We are animals. That is a fact. We have biological and emotional standards we need to uphold. Telling someone to do something (Law) does not prevent someone from doing it. To decide what is morally right and wrong is up to the persons judgment, NOT another person judgment. That being said, our emotions get in the way of correct thinking somtimes...Getting hopped up on jack and coke on a saturday night and trying to start a scuffel with somone is probably not a good idea. now if this guy had a gun, he could end his life, UNWILLINGLY. (not being conscientious). jealousy, anger, rage and many other emotions is the first thing as a species that we need to regulate and educate people on. that being said it will take many generations to confront that issue, im assuming. we need rpotection for these other animals for now, and somthing we can crontol is who we give it to, and what we give to him. Regulate this people!"
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  • +2 +8 -6 Michael May. 5, 2015
    "I think they should be able to keep carrying guns because my dad carries one so for whatever reason he can defend himself or me"
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  • +2 +13 -11 dakota h Nov. 13, 2014
    "all people should be able to carry a firearm, so they can protect themselves!"
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    • +1 +1 0 $hae Nov. 18, 2015
      "not everyone, teens shouln't they tend to make stupid decisions especially under the influence."
    • 0 0 0 Joe May. 6, 2015
      "I agree with you"
  • +2 +15 -13 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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  • +1 +4 -3 Hannah Sep. 22, 2016
    "most of my family caries a concealed hand gun and the moment I am allowed to there is no way I'm not because its the people who are holding the gun not the gun that's killing people so by having one for the purpose of stopping people from dying sure seems like a good idea. if guns were banned more people would want them there for there would be more on the streets. scary thought if you ask me. But people should have to go through a system of tests and such to make sure that the person should be able to have a gun on them in public."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Pablo Bradley Feb. 10, 2016
    "Yes. The second amendment says so. If they took away our right of owning and carrying a firearm then a lot of people would be put in danger. Also it's just better. Guns are not bad just bad people have them. Like Eric B. Said cars r the same thing. They don't cause harm the people who control them do. And last but not least America has givin the right to bear arms for some time. Why would we stop."
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  • +1 +7 -6 A.Michele Jun. 15, 2015
    "Keeping people from carrying guns DOES NOT PROTECT, it endangers those whom need protection. Criminals are going to break the law regardless, so why punish those who aren't breaking the law by putting them in harms' way by taking away their protection. NOT EVERYONE CAN FIGHT, not everyone can defend themselves against those who wish to hurt people or mug them or rape them. MALE OR FEMALE, It does not matter. Everyone is vulnerable when you take away this right. Police, FBI, CIA, the military are allowed to carry. Why do they carry? FOR THEIR SAFETY AND SAFETY OF OTHERS. We can't all be good at martial arts, or large muscular people who can defend themselves, there is only so much you can do against someone who DOES have a gun ILLEGALLY. Protect the people, make them train before they can get a gun make them have a license. Put them through the paces but then allow the guns. Because sometimes that's the only option for people"
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    • 0 0 0 Hannah Sep. 22, 2016
  • +1 +8 -7 Lydia S Apr. 23, 2015
    "You have to be mature when carrying a hangun."
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  • +1 +10 -9 Cameron Apr. 16, 2015
    "If guns kill people, then cars drive drunk, pencils misspell words, and spoons make you fat."
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    • 0 0 0 Hannah K. Sep. 22, 2016
      "for real people need to think about stuff like this"
  • +1 +9 -8 WzdmSeeker Mar. 30, 2015
    "Laws are not tangible. What I mean is, a law can not PHYSICALLY stop something from occurring. If one person is going to kill another person, a law can't jump out and disable them, preventing the crime. Here's a newsflash, it's already illegal to kill another person or person(s). Making MORE laws that also make it illegal to carry a firearm cannot help, because we already know that the person about to kill another, is already breaking the law.
    I do believe there should be some level of gun control. None of us want someone mentally unstable or drunk to be carrying a gun. So saying the 2nd amendment is absolute is a bit extreme. But passing new laws that will only make it harder for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families, when we already know that criminals don't follow laws, is just silly. Its called 'feel good legislation' and always does more harm than good. It's a tough job, but our government needs to look at the entire picture, use some common sense and logic, and make some hard decisions. Not just cater to the whims of the tragically uninformed."
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  • +1 +9 -8 austin Mar. 2, 2015
    "i think that we should be able to carry concealed weapons but at the same time not because even though they stop some crime that doesnt mean that it'll stop all crime"
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  • +1 +12 -11 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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  • +1 +15 -14 roberto montoya Apr. 14, 2014
    "because god made it that way"
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  • +1 +13 -12 bobby werd Feb. 25, 2014
    "i think yes!"
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  • +1 +17 -16 Joe Thomas Feb. 12, 2014
    "I believe it should be legal"
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  • +1 +12 -11 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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  • 0 +3 -3 Dayne Mar. 9, 2017
    "i think they should for self defense"
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  • 0 +3 -3 sean Apr. 20, 2016
    "guns are amazing they are very protective and can save your life, if you don't like guns too bad."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Isaiah Mar. 9, 2016
    "The second amendment says that concealed carry is legal"
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  • 0 +7 -7 LoganPeter Nov. 22, 2015
    "yes because we need protection"
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  • 0 +6 -6 chryshae Nov. 18, 2015
    "everyone needs protection and not always just from the police yes i thinnk that the people of america should have the right to protect themselves without the police all on there back."
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  • 0 +5 -5 QWERTYUIOP Nov. 15, 2015
    "If somebody wants to hurt people, they will find a way to do it with or without a gun. We might as well let people have some form of defense; the police do not even get called until after an attack has started, and may not arrive until the attack is over anyways. In the meantime, personally owned firearms can minimize casualties."
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  • 0 +6 -6 DKC Nov. 13, 2015
    "I Would love to see info on how many permits were issued in Hawaii. Normal law abiding citizens are "NOT" issued permits, Hawaii claims to be a permit carry state. They do allow you to submit the forms but the police chief has to approve it. We live on the Big Island and have a problem with "ICE" and the violence that is associated with it. I am disabled and feel I should be able to protect my family and myself at home and while away. What are you going to do when you are with your loved ones and three thugs on "ICE" trying to rob you? Call 911? then wait for police? the bad guys are NOT goin to wait!"
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  • 0 +5 -5 Greg Oct. 8, 2015
    "Washington State is a shall issue state. Almost all firearms deaths in my area of Washington are Mexican on Mexican (or Hispanic on Hispanic, if you wish) and most of these are illegal "immigrants" and Hispanic felons who are illegally in possession of the gun. I'm sure that most of these involve drug trafficking or the "machismo factor." Licensed concealed carry folks are a miniscule to non-existent portion of the murder by firearm statistics in this state. In fact, as near as I can glean, there have been more murders, not in the line of duty, by active and retired police. If the right to concealed carry and, consequently, the right to be equally powerful as your adversary, were to vanish as many wish the rate of firearms deaths would not be affected as CCW folks aren't the ones doing the killing but the rate of assault by those of greater strength and with other deadly weapons would go up. Statistics show that concealed carry and firearms are not the problem - it is still the damn individual that is the problem. If all guns were confiscated today (a Democrat desire) there would be little or no effects on murder rates as only the law abiding folks would turn in their guns. Only a fool thinks they are safer with no guns."
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  • 0 +6 -6 David Sep. 30, 2015
    "I personally feel more safe having a handgun with me."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Stephen Geremia 2nd. Jun. 1, 2015
    "It's the people that kill people, not guns."
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    • 0 0 0 Eduard Jun. 8, 2018
      "but its so much easier killing someone with a gun"
  • 0 +6 -6 Sense of security May. 13, 2015
    "There are actually a lot of places in the world that allow this and their crime rate is low; Mainly, in my opinion is that when everyone is packing heat the risk of getting shot for doing a felony is high or the fact of just knowing that some one has the potential to shoot me comes into a survival instinct in the brain. Besides would you want to risk facing someone who may have a bigger more powerful gun than you? And just think about how many things could be prevented such as rapes, child abduction, assault, home burglary that could end badly, abduction. Nowadays you have to try harder to keep yourself safe because most people are left vulnerable"
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  • 0 +6 -6 Richard Straksys Apr. 24, 2015
    ""You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."
    - Isoroku Yamamoto
    We should be able to carry concealed handguns. Look. Even Japan didn't want to attack the mainland U.S. in WWII. That's probably why no one messes with us on home turf and why a lot of "attacks" are thwarted. Welcome to America, if you bring your guns, we're ready with ours."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Thaddeus Allen Mar. 23, 2015
    "the 2nd amendment ( the right to bear arms) and protect our selves against criminals who want to inflict harm, or hurt other persons, which take away the 1st amendment ( the right of freedom)"
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  • 0 +7 -7 Luke Mar. 19, 2015
    "if you really want safety in a school having certified people carry them is a great idea. A big reason schools get shot up is because the people behind it know the lack of protection. allowing certified staff members would not only stop the crime in action, but also could prevent it from happening in the first place."
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    • 0 0 0 Gillian Apr. 15, 2015
      "That is also why they showed the political cartoon on the page. Basically, any school that doesn't allow the staff to have weapons they leave them defenseless."
  • 0 +8 -8 jaquan Mar. 2, 2015
    "yes what if someone tried to mug them. are they supposed to just let no."
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  • 0 +7 -7 jordan shugarts Mar. 2, 2015
    "gun are good for protection... if u want people to be safe don't take guns away... just make people take a test to see if there eligible to hold a gun.... let people protect themselves, no matter what crazy people will find away to harm people so its good if we have an advantage to protect ourselves and others"
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  • 0 +10 -10 BrianC Feb. 5, 2015
    "Those who would empower government to prevent an individual's choice and ability to defend themselves are likely projecting their personal security circumstances on every individual in the world. That would be wrong headed. Your situation is not everyone's situation - certainly not the situation of all future victims of evil.

    Another angle is anti gun rights people are working to diminish the people's ability to resist government tyranny. Giving a government blanket authority to arrest anyone found with a gun, is serious political power that cannot be understated. Today, a level of tyranny in government exists – think IRS, NSA, DHS. I ask those who gladly hand their government more power over their people how sure they are that 20 - 30 years from now government tyranny will not have become unbearable in this country. Keep in mind the level of freedoms your children's children get to enjoy shall depend on how accurate your judgment today is.

    For those of you who feel our countries founding fathers concerns about government tyranny should be dropped as a concern, I ask you to explain why. What changed? Did the government somehow get staffed with angels while I wasn’t looking?"
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  • 0 +11 -11 kitofe Dec. 17, 2014
    "if guns would've been illegal, how would the cops stop the mayhem from the suspect...since it includes the police."
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  • 0 +11 -11 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 +10 -10 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 +12 -12 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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    • +1 +1 0 Hannah K. Sep. 22, 2016
      "Then my mother wouldn't have such horrible anxiety in public (she was raped)"
  • 0 +10 -10 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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  • 0 +11 -11 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 +12 -12 Jake Wise Apr. 10, 2014
    "Because it will stop violence."
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  • 0 +12 -12 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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    • 0 0 0 protect our rights<3 Jan. 30, 2017
      "I agree."
    • 0 +2 -2 Lane Oct. 20, 2014
      "Well, see, the problem with that is when an emotional 14-year-old boy gets pissed at someone who's been picking on him, he could decide that gun needs to be used on the bully..."
  • 0 +13 -13 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 +10 -10 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 +11 -11 Tyler Mar. 26, 2014
    "Should have guns because if school shootings that have been happening lately!"
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  • 0 +13 -13 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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  • 0 +11 -11 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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  • 0 +9 -9 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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  • 0 +13 -13 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 +13 -13 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 +10 -10 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 +10 -10 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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  • 0 +12 -12 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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  • 0 +10 -10 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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  • 0 +11 -11 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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  • 0 +14 -14 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 +11 -11 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 +12 -12 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 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 +11 -11 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 +14 -14 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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  • 0 +14 -14 Ryan Dec. 3, 2013
    "because without guns they is nothing to use in self-defense against the government or criminals."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Kid Explicit Apr. 2, 2018
    "yes I think anyone should be able to be able to buy a gun at 18 your a LEGAL adult at that point the stakes of making mistakes are higher too so you should know that if you go and attempt to kill some one the stakes are high and if we were able to have a concealed weapons permit I think chances of survival from an attack would be greatly raised."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Sean M. Mar. 8, 2018
    "people say "Guns kill people". guns don't kill people. people kill people and they use guns to do it. you could just as easily kill someone with a knife so are you going to ban kitchen knives? no."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Unanimous Jan. 31, 2018
    "Th right to bear arms is a common right all people should have according to the 2nd amendment"
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  • -2 +4 -6 hey Mar. 1, 2017
    "yes for protection"
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  • -2 +2 -4 dallas May. 16, 2016
    "it will be good to have handguns all times with you and in your homes and cars and all things"
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  • -2 +2 -4 Urdad Apr. 20, 2016
    "Well its good for protection"
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  • -2 +3 -5 Anonymous Apr. 18, 2016
    "Incase of a Muslim attack, it is good to have protection due to the rising number of casualties from these Muslim bombings and killings."
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  • -2 +3 -5 Alayna Feb. 29, 2016
    "We need to protect ourselves and those we love. Having a concealed gun is the solution. Do you just want the bad guys to have them??? I think not!!!"
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  • -2 +3 -5 ian Smith Jan. 15, 2016
    "They Should Unless They Are A Convicted Murderer or has committed Aggravated Assault."
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  • -2 +9 -11 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 +2 -1 BrianC Feb. 5, 2015
      "Having the right to carry is a personal decision. This is not a discussion about forcing people to carry a weapon. Also the idea that every woman needs to fear kidnapping is a bit of an overstatement.

      Take care when making absolute all encompassing statements. You should not have used the word 'everyone'. We all know evil exists, but should be an individual's choice how much capability shall be available to them at any given time in the future. And for sure, it should not be the government's choice."
  • -9 +12 -21 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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  • +37 +212 -175 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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    • +11 +12 -1 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"?"
    • +8 +9 -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?"
    • +5 +8 -3 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."
    • +4 +4 0 Jonathan Apr. 23, 2015
      ""Street Law" is a required course at my high school. It teaches very thoroughly the ins and outs of the law. Most people have a strong enough moral compass to know what is wrong and what is not, and carrying a gun is not wrong. Murdering someone is wrong, yes. But owning a gun is no more wrong than owning a wood axe or a butcher's knife."
    • +4 +8 -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."
    • -1 +2 -3 Caleb Nov. 21, 2014
      "I like the idea about a class and yes the issue isn't the guns it is the people. I personally think that to even carry a gun it should be required to go threw intense training exercises"
  • +7 +46 -39 andrew Mar. 25, 2015
    "by the time police respond to a crime the crime for example mugging someone is already done and the criminal is gone to."
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    • +8 +8 0 jeremy Mar. 26, 2015
      "that isnt a con arguement"
  • +3 +4 -1 Ryley D. May. 16, 2018
    "It would be a bad idea because kids would feel less safe knowing somewhere in their school there was a gun."
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  • +3 +8 -5 Eduard Apr. 13, 2018
    "Gun control? We need bullet control! I think every bullet should cost 5,000 dollars. Because if a bullet cost five thousand dollar, we wouldn't have any innocent bystanders."
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    • +2 +2 0 jeff Apr. 27, 2018
      "feeling from their victims while they go through the charade of a counsel. That way, no one can run when the verdict is given. But there we stood, ready, waiting, outnumbering them, with gifts of our own while their gifts were rendered

      "Gun control? We need bullet control! I think every bullet should cost 5,000 dollars. Because if a bullet cost five thousand dollar, we wouldn't have any innocent bystanders." 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?""
    • -1 +1 -2 Johnathon Apr. 27, 2018
      "Be real, american citizens have the right to bear arms. Making bullets at a price of that high would make the world worse, the bullets would be stolen and citizens would be defenseless when a criminal with stolen ammunition shows up to rob or harm them"
    • -2 0 -2 jeff Apr. 27, 2018
      "yeah exactly"
  • +2 +2 0 eduard Jun. 7, 2018
    "if there are people with ar15 slung over their shoulder and they start shooting the cops don't know who is the bad vs the good"
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  • +2 +6 -4 Eduard May. 1, 2018
    "Gun control? We need bullet control! I think every bullet should cost 5,000 dollars. Because if a bullet cost five thousand dollar, no criminal would shoot any bullets, and everybody else would shoot when its absolutely needed."
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    • 0 0 0 eduard May. 7, 2018
      "hey thats my name"
  • +1 +4 -3 jimmy Apr. 16, 2018
    "its bad because teachers could not keep it safe"
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  • -11 +11 -22 Tucker K Mar. 4, 2017
    "Having a gun is okay, there's nothing wrong with that. But, hiding the guns makes people nervous, and can potentially lead to a huge firefight. Like I said before, you can keep your guns, because it IS stated in the 2nd Amendment that Americans have the right to bear arms. Just don't hide the guns! It just seems suspicious."
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  • -13 +4 -17 DR Feb. 23, 2017
    "People might take this as one way to go and shoot someone or rob a store."
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  • -14 +28 -42 betty Apr. 8, 2015
    "people can misuse the gun, since guns are used for protection mostly, people will actually take advantage over that. someone might kill a person and say they were only trying to protect themselves but they were not...."
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    • +3 +4 -1 logic Apr. 13, 2015
      "people dont exclusively use guns for protection, most people use it for hunting"
    • 0 0 0 protect our rights Jan. 30, 2017
      "How would you know if it was self protection? The only time you can know that it is self protection is if you are there to witness it and you can't always be a witness."
  • -15 +8 -23 Sarah Mar. 21, 2017
    "Guns can be used against you if a criminal is near you and steals it away, also people only think about the moment. People could not know what there doing and kill someone over a very small thing....Also you never know who could buy a gun. It could be a nice cool person like us... or it could be a full on murderer.. i dont think we should take that chance."
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  • -15 +4 -19 bob Feb. 24, 2016
    "like Robert Menendez said, " in 1 year 300.896 people will be apart of gun violence""
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  • -16 +7 -23 lilly Feb. 22, 2016
    "2nd amendment may allow guns but the constitution says that we establish justice to insure domestic tranquility. with guns being a problem we cannot have justice"
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  • -16 +12 -28 bubblegum Jan. 4, 2016
    "they should not be concealed, for that is not a fear warning to others. if i wear a criminal and i seen someone with a hand gun there is no way i would mess with them male or female."
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  • -16 +7 -23 The OTHER Person Dec. 10, 2015
    "Person is right. Adding to his comment, concealed weapon permits actually allows the bad guys get guns that they can use for whatever evil they plan."
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    • +4 +4 0 John Mar. 11, 2017
      "All concealed permit holders are vetted. People with criminal histories to include domestic misdemeanor convictions cannot get a permit. Furthermore, federal law prohibits people with felony and domestic misdemeanor convictions from even possessing firearms. That said, some criminals will get firearms by theft, black markets, etc. Disarming law-abiding citizens will only help criminals commit violent crime."
    • +3 +3 0 Jack Nov. 28, 2016
      "That's why they have background checks"
  • -16 +20 -36 Person Nov. 30, 2015
    "Guns kill. They should not be concealed because then someone could easily do something bad unexpectedly. And no one could do anything because they weren't expecting that the person had a gun or would even use it."
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    • +4 +4 0 Alayna Feb. 29, 2016
      "Guns don't kill people. The people carrying the guns do. Would you rather have a shooting spree break out and kill tons or shoot the person to save lives. Your choice"
    • +1 +1 0 save our rights Jan. 26, 2017
      "Technically, guns can't do anything. It's not the gun it is the person that shot that gun"
    • 0 +1 -1 just Feb. 22, 2016
      "would you rather want to get stabbed to death, or shot to death."
    • 0 +1 -1 Random guy Dec. 7, 2015
      "Guns don't kill people, bullets do."
  • -16 +26 -42 Unknown Feb. 16, 2015
    "As an evidence, South Korea is a country where almost everyone, except the military and the police I guess. And this country has a really low crime rate. How about comparing countries with and without the right to bear arms. Unless we trash all the psychos and aggressive people into the jail and everyone has a gun fair and square. And plus, what about the kids? They don't have any guns. Even in schools, then they should have the right to get guns. But, there's another problem, what about some people having more skills in shooting and others don't? Also, kids may not be mentally and physically trained enough to use the gun. And of course the government is not going to give the guns to the children in the first place."
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  • -17 +4 -21 Christian M Mar. 7, 2016
    "If you say GUNS don't kill people. People kill people your wrong. Reason why is that if a gun dry fires it has a chance to kill you."
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    • +3 +3 0 jack Feb. 21, 2017
      "dry firing means there is no round in the chamber meaning there is no chance of it even harming you let alone killing you"
    • +2 +2 0 Barry D. Apr. 12, 2016
      "Ridiculous! You can't kill someone with an unloaded gun.

      And even loaded guns don't just go off if you drop them. That's just stuff you see in Hollywood movies."
  • -19 +3 -22 Bob Diddlebock Apr. 22, 2016
    "guns are bad because people can get killed when someone shoots them or maybe when they arent looking we put somting in their meat and food so when they wake up they will be in prison so then we will never have anymore guns"
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  • -19 +8 -27 lilly Feb. 22, 2016
    "crimes have increased by 40% because of the concealed gun law"
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    • +2 +2 0 M Jul. 17, 2016
      "Citation needed."
    • +2 +2 0 your mom Apr. 20, 2016
      "carrying a concealed weapon has also increased safety and protection of ciitens, 2.5 million people every year use guns to protect themselves so the safety percent over crime percent is over whemiling."
  • -20 +14 -34 That Internet Guy Mar. 3, 2015
    "I believe that concealed handguns are both good and bad ideas, but i am more on the "bad" side of this issue.
    First of all, shootings and deaths happen BECAUSE of concealed weapons and/or firearms.
    Secondly, if a law passed saying that weapons and/or firearms were illegal to carry, the number of issues including weapons and/or firearms would decrease. Physical harm (hand-to-hand combat) would still be a problem, but that is not the main issue.
    Lastly, citizens and locals would feel safer knowing no one had concealed weapons, that they had a small chance of being harmed, and that less people would be potential threats."
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    • +4 +4 0 J Man Mar. 13, 2015
      "Do you really believe that criminals obey the law? This is why they are called criminals. If you take away and outlaw guns the only people you are taking them away from are the law-abiding citizens who would probably never end up using their weapon. The people who are criminals and have no respect for the law or society will still have their guns unlawfully and wont hesitate to shoot and kill a person for their car because they know chances are that person does not have a gun to protect themselves."
  • -21 +17 -38 be Dec. 23, 2014
    "MD that's the problem. Guns in the hand of crazy people is how millions PEOPLE DIE. Its about gun violence"
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    • +8 +8 0 mf Feb. 17, 2015
      "Okay but think about this: if you take away the right to own guns, who's going to have guns? Oh that's right! Just law enforcement officers and the criminals (aforementioned 'crazy people'). So law abiding citizens don't even have a fighting chance. Great idea."
    • 0 0 0 Clarity Sep. 24, 2015
      "now THIS is a problem. the REAL crazies are the ones sending our boys over seas to be shot, beheaded, blown up, burned alive, and torture POWs. politicians are the REAL crazies. they spend their entire life in hopes of having executive power for just 4 years - and this is what they do. MILLIONS."
  • -21 +18 -39 mary lou randour Dec. 3, 2014
    "What do you make of the fact that more law enforcement officers are being killed in the line of duty by firearms and the rate of firearms is increasing? Probably one correlation you don't want to look at."
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    • +6 +6 0 oops i have opinions Feb. 17, 2015
      "What do you make of the fact that more law enforcement officers are killing as much as they are being killed by firearms? Probably one correlation you don't want to look at. People have the right to bear arms and if that right it taken away, how can we defend ourselves? Wow wouldn't it be swell if ONLY law enforcement officers had firearms. Just look at the positive affects of that idea so far. Awesome."
    • 0 0 0 Taylor Jan. 25, 2018
      "Well do you see the gun hopping out of peoples dresser trying to go kill someone? I dont think so. Why are we trying to do something about the guns when it is the people behind it, pulling the trigger?"
  • -21 +22 -43 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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  • -22 +17 -39 Sanguine Feb. 18, 2015
    "I find it funny that as Americans as a whole, they think that it is their right to keep guns, when in reality it is not. The founding fathers intended that there would be an appointed amount of people to be a militia, not for everyone to have guns."
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    • +5 +7 -2 WzdmSeeker Mar. 30, 2015
      "Can you back that statement up? The second amendment could be taken either way the way it is written. But through out our history, it has always been taken the other way. So I'm inclined to disagree."
  • -23 +22 -45 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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    • +7 +7 0 Shannon Dec. 2, 2014
      "Most of the people who commit crime with guns don't get them legally, so stopping the people who are going to use them to protect themselves isn't going to help that stop."
    • +5 +5 0 Carson Jan. 6, 2015
      "In this argument, you state that there are two reasons YOU can think of to have a gun. your leaving out all the good in a gun. there are many! protection and to commit a crime are just two! guns can be used for hunting, to provide food and all sorts of things! also, in paragraph one, you say if we take guns away from bad people, good people do not need them. is this to say you think cops could not carry guns as well? because if there's no bad, why would cops? this is not a reality. there will always be bad in the world."
    • +3 +3 0 Dennis Jan. 4, 2015
      "There are a lot of actions we have laws that are meant to not allow people to do: laws against theft, rape, robbery, murder; yet all those crimes still happen. It is not to say that all those laws need to be repealed. It is to say when applying punishment, you apply them to the offender and NOBODY ELSE, collective punishment doesn't work."
    • +2 +2 0 Tim Dec. 1, 2015
      "I draw really yeah I'd take a chance of having a gun and defending myself over not having a tomorrow. I train hard to ensure my shots count for me and whoever is around me at the time. I may need to use my firearm to save lives - unlikely, but possible. Better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it."
  • -23 +42 -65 Sam Apr. 28, 2014
    "Bruce Lee didn't need a gun..."
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    • +10 +10 0 Luke Dec. 12, 2014
      "Not many people are bruce lee, are they?"
    • 0 0 0 protect our rights Jan. 30, 2017
      "not everybody can be as awesome as Bruce Lee. you can't bring in famous people. Besides, that was probable CGI and not actually him."
    • 0 +1 -1 Ethan Nov. 25, 2015
      "Wow that i your best response? Bruce Lee was an actor; although we was very fast and a very talented martial artist, he couldn't outrun a bullet."
    • -1 +2 -3 Vic Rose Feb. 2, 2015
      "I'm pro on handguns but dude that's awesome, point taking"
  • -24 +13 -37 Tony Mar. 6, 2015
    "Guns are not worth it because then you will have crazy people getting guns and playing life like its a call of duty game"
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    • +4 +5 -1 Tony Mar. 9, 2015
      "Just, no."
    • 0 0 0 Ellen Oct. 25, 2016
      "Some games do condone to violance Like GTA And Cod,But having a gun on person,well i got mixed feelings,But if you have a right to carry one in your car to protect yourself from someone breaking in yur car or hurting you."
  • -24 +10 -34 zeus Mar. 2, 2015
    "no they should not be allowed because they might shoot someone"
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    • 0 0 0 jack Feb. 21, 2017
      "thats like saying forks should be illegal becouse it might be used to stab someone its just pure stupidity"
    • -1 0 -1 Tim Dec. 1, 2015
      "I've been doing it for years and haven't wanted to use it. The day I WANT to shoot someone will be the day I sell all of my guns. Against what many think, the large majority of concealed weapons will save at least one life when it gets deployed. I hate having to throw the example of driving a car drunk out there, but it works. People shouldn't be allowed to drive cars because they might drive it drunk? Just because I don't like tattoos doesn't mean I think people shouldn't be allowed to get them. Just because I don't support gay marriage doesn't mean I want to prohibit their marriage. The day we start letting people who don't affect us do what they want is the day we'll experience the true freedom of America."
  • -26 +14 -40 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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    • +8 +8 0 Joe Nov. 20, 2014
      "Your theory about removing one of the factors from the equation would work... in a perfect world. But unfortunately *News Flash* this ain't a perfect world and just because you outlaw guns doesn't mean outlaws wont have guns."
  • -27 +14 -41 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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    • +7 +7 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"
    • +7 +8 -1 Luciferian Aug. 21, 2014
      "So freedom of speech doesn't apply to this website?"
  • -31 +11 -42 Suzie May. 29, 2014
    "Four ways to reduce the quality of life in excess.
    Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol, and Guns, Why?"
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    • +1 +1 0 sh Feb. 15, 2017
      "those are all ways that people pick on there own. people choose to take drugs, people choose to drink and people choose to carry a gun for protection but its also the the person making that choice on weather or not to kill another person not the gun."
  • -31 +26 -57 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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  • -31 +19 -50 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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    • 0 +2 -2 frank Nov. 2, 2014
      "i agree. i carry a gun and its for my personal protection and protection of those around me and the perfect compromise would be require a safety class(the gun shop near me offers free classes) and like new jersey owners of a firearm should have an idcard they are required to get through the police before purchasing a firearm. it will surve as a secondary filter and the id number is easyer to trace a criminal record than a name and social security number. and it will offer a retail gun shop another form of identification"
  • -31 +40 -71 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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  • -32 +10 -42 Colonist Oct. 20, 2014
    "You idiots standing on the second amendment have no ground to stand on. If you ever read the FULL THING, you'd see that it clearly states that we have he right to bear arms WITH GOVERNMENT REGULATION. THIS IS GOVERNMENT REGULATION. I'm not saying we cant carry guns. I'm saying that they should not be concealed. honestly, i want to know who's carrying a weapon around me. wear it on your hip where people can see it."
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    • +9 +9 0 Conservative Colt Jan. 31, 2015
      "In the second amendment it does not say "with government regulation." It states, "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." I think your confused to what "a well regulated militia" means. We can see what it means in one of Alexander Hamilton's writings for The Federalist Papers. "Hamilton indicates a well-regulated militia is a state of preparedness obtained after rigorous and persistent training" (The Meaning of the Words in the Second Amendment, 2015)."
    • +8 +8 0 Mike Dec. 4, 2014
      "I agree, to an extent. I am pro concealed weapon. THe point of a concealed weapon is that if you are in public, and someone intends on shooting or harming someone in a public place and you have a gun on your hip, you are the first to die."
    • +7 +7 0 Alexander W Oct. 27, 2014
      "if you do wear it on your hip and a shooting is going on you become the target than who can help the cops yeah they can help when they get there you just better hope you live tell the cops get there and maybe just maybe you live."
  • -32 +11 -43 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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    • +4 +5 -1 Mark Wynn May. 30, 2014
      "The most recent, mentally unstable murdered knifed his first three victims to death."
    • +4 +5 -1 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."
    • +1 +1 0 Loco Taco Nov. 29, 2014
      "No without guns people will use knives, tomahawks, brass knuckles, swords, clubs, mace, maces, flails you name it if it is dangerous then it could be used as a weapon. Black powder was originally used in fireworks. When the Chinese found that they could aim these fire works at others that is where guns came from."
    • 0 0 0 Aidan Nov. 23, 2016
      "Well... I don't think that its the creators fault that shootings are happening. I think its because we really don't have many restrictions on gun owning. There are all of these shootings happening in many different enviorments like elamentery, middle, high schools, and on colleges. The people that are for conceale and carry are just asking for more shootings to happen in those eviorments. This contery already cant even stop shootings from happening and now you want people to be able to carry guns where ever the go. ( yeah thats really going to help.) Having people carrying concealed firearms is really going to mack everything worse. I really don't think they should be concealed, having them concealed just makes you more suspisious than you already were haveing the gun. I think that if you have the gun other people should have the ability to be aware that that has a firearm."
  • -32 +12 -44 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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    • +1 +2 -1 Hannah Oct. 9, 2014
      "Yes, but then if another person has a gun, they can help the situation instead of waiting 10 minutes for police to get there and have more people killed. People can steal guns, and if everyone else is restricted from them, then that means more people will get killed."
  • -32 +12 -44 jim Apr. 7, 2014
    "cops can carry 12 45 acp rounds and we can't carry more than 7"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Ben May. 12, 2014
      "I strongly disagree because that law only applies in New York..."
    • 0 0 0 Matt Mar. 26, 2015
      "that is false."
  • -32 +15 -47 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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    • +4 +5 -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..."
    • +2 +3 -1 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."
  • -32 +13 -45 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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    • +7 +7 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."
  • -32 +14 -46 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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    • +7 +7 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."
    • +5 +5 0 a guy Feb. 28, 2013
      "guns are in the secind amendment"
    • +3 +3 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 +10 -42 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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  • -32 +11 -43 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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  • -32 +34 -66 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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  • -33 +11 -44 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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    • +2 +2 0 Jamal Kneegrow May. 20, 2015
      "While we're at it, let's use our Personas for protection! Seriously guy, stop."
  • -33 +11 -44 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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    • +9 +9 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."
  • -33 +30 -63 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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    • +6 +6 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!"
  • -33 +17 -50 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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    • +6 +7 -1 Jill Mar. 19, 2013
      "Murdering is illegal. Does it still happen?"
    • +6 +7 -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."
  • -33 +17 -50 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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    • +2 +2 0 BrianC Feb. 5, 2015
      "You state the main question is about the need to conceal, yet you fail to say why concealment is key. You see no difference between capability and intent. This is a key difference between the pros and cons. Cons are all about projecting on others what they are thinking in their own head. Their imagined disasters guide their decision. Pros just want capability, so that if evil intent is encountered, they have the means to stand up to it. Only one point of view is grounded in reality."
  • -34 +8 -42 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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    • +4 +6 -2 Colton Apr. 30, 2014
      "Why would they panic if you got scarred?"
  • -34 +14 -48 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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    • +5 +5 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."
  • -34 +13 -47 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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    • +8 +8 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."
    • +5 +5 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?"
    • +4 +4 0 Observer Feb. 10, 2014
      "Because concealed carry is to blame for all the killings in DC and Chicago, right?"
    • +2 +2 0 frank Nov. 2, 2014
      "no people are dangerous i keep mine loaded and it sits in my holster and it dose nothing untill i act opon it then when i shoot a target or an animal hunting it is then utilized for its intended to be used. not harming anyone or endangering anyone"
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  • -35 +9 -44 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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    • +2 +3 -1 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."
    • +2 +4 -2 Trenton Apr. 15, 2014
      "If you ban water it wont stop drowning"
    • 0 0 0 . Jan. 20, 2017
      "For your information, cops on average willing kill more innocent people than provate citizens do. About 2000 or more EACH DAY are killed because of the police. And you come over here saying, 'Oh look! We should totaly give up our only way of defending ourselves and gove our lives to people who couldn't give a crap!' Look at the facts. Do sime digging. Educate yourself before you make stupid comments."
  • -35 +11 -46 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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    • +3 +3 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."
    • +2 +3 -1 FRIEND Feb. 14, 2014
      "REPLY TO NO. 9 = FOE...
    • +2 +2 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."
  • -35 +11 -46 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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  • -37 +13 -50 Connor Mar. 18, 2014
    "Guns shouldn't even exist!"
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    • +6 +7 -1 Luciferian Aug. 21, 2014
      "Well, they do."
    • 0 +2 -2 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.""
    • -9 +2 -11 carlos Mar. 19, 2014
      "i agree"
  • -37 +12 -49 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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    • +5 +5 0 Daniel G Apr. 22, 2013
      "Here are some links to examples where an armed citizen was able to stop a shooting:
      (This one lists several examples)"
    • +3 +3 0 jack Mar. 3, 2015
      "there is an example in number five on the main page for pro"
    • +1 +2 -1 BrianC Feb. 5, 2015
      "Pro-gun people could care less about your choice to arm yourself or not. What they care about is that your choice not to carry may be forced on them. So you are dead wrong stating "pro-gun folks asking that we all should be forced to carry guns""
  • -38 +9 -47 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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    • 0 0 0 Beta Nov. 29, 2017
      "TheyRe fools they want to feel safe so they arrest us but you can't go to jail for carrying a concealed weapon on a sidewalk"
  • -38 +19 -57 kelis Nov. 5, 2012
    "no because many people gaet hurt because of these guns"
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    • +8 +8 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."
  • -39 +6 -45 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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    • +8 +8 0 jeff Mar. 3, 2015
      "that isnt even really an argument for gun control"
  • -42 +39 -81 Dakota May. 9, 2012
    "I love guns but i hate when random people point them at me!"
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    • +26 +26 0 Shawn Nov. 2, 2012
      "Because random people point guns at you everyday?"
  • -43 +6 -49 kayla Apr. 2, 2014
    "noononononoonononononnoononono deffenetly not!!!~no"
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    • +15 +15 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."
    • +12 +13 -1 Luciferian Aug. 21, 2014
      "Kayla, thank you for your comprehensive and well thought argument."
    • 0 0 0 DR Feb. 23, 2017
      "you should give some reasoning to your answer."
  • -53 +17 -70 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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    • +6 +6 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."
    • +2 +2 0 bill Feb. 11, 2015
      "ohhh i see repeal bullets"
    • -3 0 -3 Chuck Black Jan. 3, 2013
      "Nobody gets hurt by the gun. Theyre hurt by the bullet."
  • -55 +60 -115 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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    • +12 +13 -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."
  • -57 +24 -81 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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    • +8 +8 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."
    • +5 +5 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"
    • +5 +6 -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."
    • +1 +1 0 frank Nov. 2, 2014
      "well if you dont have a gun you will give the criminal their wallet. if you do have a gun you will use it to keep your self safe"
  • -57 +25 -82 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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    • +6 +8 -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."
    • +5 +6 -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."
    • +4 +4 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."
    • +4 +6 -2 Gregg Feb. 23, 2012
      "I carry mine everywhere I go."
  • -58 +26 -84 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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    • +11 +11 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????"
    • +4 +6 -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."
    • +3 +3 0 arnold Mar. 4, 2015
      "people have had concealed guns for quite some time where are the "bloodthirsty criminals"?"
    • +2 +2 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."
  • -59 +37 -96 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."
    • +1 +1 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."
    • 0 +1 -1 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"
  • -60 +24 -84 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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  • -60 +23 -83 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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    • +8 +9 -1 Gregg Feb. 23, 2012
      "Can you articulate the difference?"
    • +7 +11 -4 Schmag Feb. 6, 2012
      "until you can spell license and concealed properly, I don't think you should carry either."
    • +3 +4 -1 g Apr. 10, 2012
      "permit=license. figure it out"
  • -60 +40 -100 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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    • +7 +8 -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%."
  • -62 +26 -88 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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    • +2 +2 0 Anna Apr. 19, 2013
      "Soooo, dont use it for murder, like MOST of the people with liesences... That was easy..."
  • -64 +30 -94 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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    • +4 +6 -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."
    • +3 +3 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 +2 -2 Dan Nov. 30, 2012
      "Yes because cops are just allowed to shoot whomever they want."
    • 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..."
    • -6 0 -6 zevern Dec. 8, 2011
      "thats true"
  • -64 +42 -106 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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    • +3 +5 -2 Sam Nov. 13, 2011
      "Can you prove that? Doubt it."
    • +2 +2 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."
    • +2 +6 -4 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"
    • +1 +4 -3 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."
  • -65 +25 -90 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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    • +9 +10 -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!"
    • -1 0 -1 js Jan. 13, 2012
      "that will never happen"
    • -1 +3 -4 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!!!!!!"
    • -4 0 -4 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 matter what way you look at it, its to much of a risk."
  • -65 +26 -91 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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    • +7 +7 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..."
    • 0 +1 -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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • -66 +32 -98 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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    • +2 +3 -1 doug Dec. 28, 2011
      "Based on what information? Please educate me."
    • +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 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!!!"
  • -68 +17 -85 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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    • +1 +1 0 george Mar. 3, 2015
      "yes, all movies are clearly not exaggerated at all"
  • -75 +12 -87 redJERK56 Apr. 12, 2012
    ""Should adults have the right to carry a concealed handgun?" that question is easy. NOOOO!"
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    • +6 +6 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."
    • +1 +1 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."
  • -79 +33 -112 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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    • +4 +4 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 +3 -2 ethan Jan. 8, 2013
      "its already passed in 50 states. except illinois"
  • -90 +31 -121 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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    • +3 +5 -2 Shawn Nov. 2, 2012
      "Its a gun.... Its suppose to be FATAL!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    • +2 +2 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."
  • -137 +41 -178 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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    • +14 +16 -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."
    • +4 +8 -4 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!!!"
    • +3 +5 -2 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."
    • +3 +6 -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."
    • +2 +3 -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."