Concealed Carry: Gun-Free Zones

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Abstract Allowing concealed carry in areas known as “gun-free zones” will deter criminals from committing violent crimes. According to Wikipedia, “a concealed carry, or CCW (carrying a concealed weapon), refers to the practice of carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner, either on one’s person or in close proximity.” In 1990 the “Gun-free School Zone Act” mandated that under Federal law all public schools become “gun-free zones.” This included all public schools, most private schools and universities. Every state regulates their CCW holders and can set up ones set of laws and here is an example for Michigan. Referring to MCL 28.425 (Michigan Complied Laws) there are 9 areas that CCW holders are not allowed…show more content…
With help from the NRA almost all states have set up a rigorous set of training to make sure CCW holders are well trained. The people of the United States need to abolish “gun-free zones” out of existence because it is an invitation to the criminals that they will be the only ones with guns in those zones. With all the guns in the world we will never be able to keep a criminal from getting a firearm in his hands; sure the government can make it harder but to someone who plans out every move he / she will get what they need. We ask ourselves why these shootings are happening in schools. The answer is if a violent criminal wants to do the most amount of damage with the least amount of deterrent they will go to a place that is a “gun-free zone.” Since 1990 when the “Gun-Free Zone Act” was mandated all public shootings with the exception of one (attack of Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford) have been in areas that do not allow guns to be concealed. The only way we can change this is to change the regulations and abolish such zones. The criminals who intend to do mass harm need to know that there will resistance and it won’t be easy. This will deter them and make them think twice about trying to do another shooting like the one that took place at Sandy…show more content…
Something needs to be done. As Americans we need to ask why that school, why that theater, what can we do to prevent these mass shooting from happening or at least cut down on causalities. Similarities is the first place to look; ask yourself what do they have in common and you will come up with high amounts of people with little to no resistance because they take place in “gun-free zones”. Sarracino talks about how James Holmes drove past seven movie theaters that were showing the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” to get to the theater in Aurora. It was the opening weekend for this movie and all the theaters were at capacity, so why this one. As it turns out this was the only theater with a sign at the doors that said “No firearms allowed”. The same goes for Adam Larza and what is being coined the Sandy Hook
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