Which Is True About Carrying Firearms?
“Is it true about carrying firearms?” is a frequently asked question, and it’s easy to understand why, when you consider that so many people in this country own guns. The truth, however, is that there are both good reasons for having guns (a right), and bad reasons for carrying firearms (a risk factor).
The right to bear arms is one of the oldest rights protected by law in our country. It was considered a necessary security measure against invasion and attack by strangers or marauding bands of outlaws. In fact, the Second Amendment was written to guarantee that Americans could keep and bear arms for their safety against all threats to their liberty. Today, carrying a gun is one of the safest ways that a person can defend his or her life, his home, and his property.
But just what would happen if a person decided not to have a gun. Would he or she be subject to attack from strangers? Would he be forced to defend himself or herself? Would a gun give him the same protection that he currently has? The answers to these questions depend on the type of gun that a person carries, where he stores his gun, how he is trained to use his gun, and other factors.
For example, if a person kept his gun in a drawer in his bedroom, or if he kept it inside his office or living area, then carrying a gun would pose a threat to his safety. Not only would he need to know how to use his gun in an emergency situation, he would also have to be able to get to his gun quickly in the event of an emergency. A better alternative might be to put the gun in a drawer, or in some other location out of the way. Keeping a gun in plain sight, on a table, in the office, or other areas where a potential thief could find it would help a person make it harder for him to commit a crime. However, it would also likely discourage potential thieves from attempting to steal a person’s gun, since he or she would not be able to see whether the gun was there.
The same can be said for whether carrying a gun changes a person’s criminal behavior. Since criminals do not like being caught, they would not usually choose to commit crimes in public places where the presence of a gun is obvious. This means that carrying a gun would not change a criminal’s behavior. It might slightly increase the chances of an armed criminal committing a crime, but it would not change his or her willingness to stay away from certain circumstances that might lead to more serious crimes.
While it may not seem likely that anything which affects a person’s ability to defend himself or herself should have anything to do with deciding whether carrying a gun changes a person’s behavior, it is important to understand how any of these things can play up. Each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Knowing both sides of the coin is the best way to make an informed decision.