Top 10 Arguments in favor of the legality of concealed handguns.
The term “concealed carry” refers to the act of keeping a weapon with you in public in a concealed manner. This usually applies to small arms like handguns and the like, and has been the topic of heated debate in the United States. This list brings you the top 10 arguments in support of the legality of concealed handguns. Read on to find out more!
10. Concealed-Carry Promotes Women’s Safety
When discussing the concealed-carry debate, oftentimes the mindset revolves around a male dominated perspective. This excludes the perspective of women for whom firearms can provide the most significant equalizing power. Women are physically more vulnerable to violent crimes than men, and legalizing concealed-carry allows for an avenue by which they can defend themselves. Statistics shows that an increasing number of women are choosing to carry firearms specifically for this reason.
Over 20% of women are victims in homicides with around 82% of these homicides being sex-related. Of the crimes committed, the criminals were found to be majority male. More research on crimes committed in Canada show that women are 11.3 times more likely to be victims of sexual assault, 1.2 times more likely victims of simple assault and 3.1 times more likely to be victims of forcible confinement. What these numbers show is that a good number of violent crimes victimize women more than men and more often, if not always, their assailants are male. Concealed carry laws will allow women the safety of legally obtaining an equalizer like a handgun, and training to defend themselves with it against such violent assaults.
9. Armed Citizens Serve As A Crime Deterrent
Crime is arguably a constant, regardless of how safe the government tries to make a nation. Violent crime almost always involves weapons of some sort, and is at its most effective when the victim or those immediately around the victim are unable to prevent the crime. This is often because the criminals have weapons which serve as force multipliers, and allow them to carry out their criminal intentions. If you think about it, there is likely to be only 1 or 2 criminals in a group of 5 citizens, but if those criminals have a gun, they can easily overpower the others. Allowing responsible citizens to be armed with concealed weapons re-balances out the force multiplier equation, with greater favor to regular citizens because they outnumber the criminals.
Robbers will think twice about robbing stores where they know there is a high chance of the patrons and store clerks/owner carrying firearms as well. Rapists and violent criminals will think twice about assaulting people in a public area where there is a good possibility that one of the people passing by has a firearm. Criminals intent on going on a shooting spree will think twice about it when they know that the people they intend to shoot will likely be shooting back as well. Statistics taken from the United States show that in states with “shall-issue” concealed-carry laws, murder rates were reduced by 8.5%, rape by 5% robbery by 3%, and aggravated assault by 7%. Another study found that from 1980-2009, the states in the US with restrictive concealed carry laws had firearm related murder rates that were 10% higher than states with less restrictive concealed carry laws. That the statistics shows less crime in locations where concealed carry is permitted is a fair indication that concealed carry serves as an effective crime deterrent.
8. Removing Concealed Carry Does Not Remove The Capacity For Criminals To Obtain Illegal Firearms
Again, regardless of the effectiveness of police or law enforcement agencies, the criminal element will always exist in society. Only perfect societies or utopias have absolutely zero crime. Ideally, the percentages of crime can be reduced to where society can feel safe. When a crime occurs, particularly a violent one, it is a struggle between the victim and the criminal, and the victim’s life hangs in the balance.
Unfortunately for the victim, most crimes are premeditated, meaning the criminal will have the advantage of preparation before the actual crime, and will likely have brought the tools necessary to facilitate his crime, like illegal firearms. Anti-concealed carry camps will argue that concealed carry promotes the availability of firearms which facilitates criminal behavior. This is simply not the case, as criminals will carry weapons regardless of their legality. If it is illegal to carry weapons, then there’s a higher chance that the law-abiding citizens who aren’t likely to commit crimes will be defenseless against criminals and their weapons.
Criminals will always find ways to obtain weapons and firearms legally, and if weapons are illegal for regular citizens, their safety hinges on the efficiency of the police force, which isn’t always the best (particularly in developing countries). As such, we must ensure that our citizens have a legal way to obtain a defensive tool should they be subject to violent crimes. Removing legal concealed carry removes the victim’s ability to bring an equalizer into a possible fight for his life.
7. Statistics Do Not Conclusively Show That The Concealed Carry Of Handguns Promotes Violence
Another common argument of the anti-concealed carry camp is that legalizing concealed carry firearms promotes violence. This is inaccurate for two reasons. First, there is no conclusive statistical evidence to prove that violence or crime rates (since illegal violence against another citizen is a crime) have increased in areas where concealed carry is allowed. In fact, the statistics show quite the opposite; violent crimes in areas with legal concealed carry laws has decreased as compared to violent crimes in states without concealed carry laws. Secondly, this argument assumes that every individual has violent tendencies, and desires to use the firearms obtained purely for violent crime purposes. Statistics indicates that in Texas, non-concealed carry permit holders are 5.3 times more likely to be arrested for violent crimes and 14 times for non-violent crimes than a concealed carry permit holder. The citizens that want the right to carry concealed weapons usually know their rights and are responsible law abiding citizens. Assuming that every person who will apply for a concealed carry permit is a psycho is simply silly! If we assume this, it can be a form of discrimination as well.
6. Concealed Carry Firearms Can Be Properly Regulated If Legalized
There is a constant fear that allowing concealed carry weapons will open the floodgates for violence. This fear has been inflamed further by recent shooting sprees and various incidents involving psychopaths and firearms. One person may look at these incidents and say “look here, you had a psychopath and a gun and how did that turn out? Definitely a no to concealed carry.” While this may seem like a compelling argument to some, it is important to separate the firearm from the true cause of the problem. The owning of firearms in these cases is not the problem, the problem is the system by which ownership was awarded to individuals with clear psychological problems.
Obviously, these individuals do not have the capacity to properly handle firearms and should never be given one all the more legally. It’s also important to remember that arming these psychopaths is not the aim of a concealed carry law. The aim of a concealed carry law is to allow responsible citizens the right to carry firearms for self defense. The legalization of the concealed carrying of arms allows the government to keep better track of those who purchase arms as well. The key element of the purpose of pro-concealed carry camps is that the citizens are first responsible and law-abiding; psychopaths are neither responsible nor law abiding citizens.
The problem then lies with the regulation of determining “responsible and law abiding” citizens. The system has to and can successfully be designed to ensure that the check process for vetting against psychopathic or criminal behavior is sound. Concealed carry laws and processes can be implemented to effectively fulfill its purpose. It is simply a case of ensuring you have a properly enforced, effective vetting and regulation process for individuals that already do own the firearm. They also must make sure that red flags in the system are adequately captured and handled.