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Guns Should Be Allowed in Public Areas Because It Will Make
the Country Safer
Michael Dill
Keiser University
Abstract
This paper discusses the importance of expanding conceal carry
to more public areas to provide a safer country. Allowing
people to conceal carry in places such as school, retail and
restaurants, and public parks will help keep innocent people
safe from criminals. A teacher with a conceal carry will give the
students and facility the ability to fight back and protect
themselves from an active shooter at the school. Employees that
conceal carry are given the opportunity to ensure the customers
are safe from any criminal trying to do harm. Public parks will
be safer with more law-abiding citizens carrying a concealed
gun to protect the people at the park from criminals or anyone
trying to do harm. This essay will give reasons why it is
important to allow American citizens to carry concealed
firearms. By doing this, it will provide protect to innocent
people from criminals in the time that law enforcement is
dispatched and to when they arrive.
Guns Should Be Allowed in Public Areas Because It Will Make
the Country Safer
All of the death tolls change, even the places change: nine
deaths in a church, 26 deaths in an elementary school, 49 deaths
in a nightclub, and now the latest, five deaths in the streets of
Dallas, Texas (Berkowitz, Gamio, Lu, Uhrmacher, & Lindeman,
2016). If areas like these allowed people to conceal carry
firearms, the death tolls of many shootings like these would be
substantially lower then what they actually are now. The
Department of Homeland Security research revealed that the
average length of an active shooter incident is 12.5 minutes.
With the average response time for law enforcement to arrive at
the scene is approximately18 minutes (Murgado, 2013), that
response time is not fast enough to fully prevent an active
shooter and to protect the innocent bystanders of that incident.
Guns should be allowed in public areas because it will make the
country safer.
First of all, allowing guns in public areas, such as schools it
will make the country safer by giving the school a chance to
fight back, and to protect the student and teachers from any
active shooter. Letting a teacher conceal carry and being
properly trained can reduce the casualty rate by stopping the
active shooter before they are able to do harm. It takes law
enforcements an average of 18 minutes to respond to an active
shooter incident (Murgado, 2013), having an employee at the
school carry will respond to the active shooter a lot quicker then
the police are able too. They can stop the active shooter or at
the very least slow them down long enough for law enforcement
to arrive to the scene at the school. A recent Gallup poll
indicated that the majority of Americans surveyed, believe that
placing an armed person at schools is the answer to school
shooting tragedies (Crews, Crews, & Burton, 2013). This shows
that Americans would prefer an armed teacher or officer at their
children schools to ensure their safety. Guns in schools will be
safer for the students and teachers to provide protect against an
active shooter.
Secondly, by having employees in retail and restaurants being
able to conceal carry will make the country safer by having a
response time faster then the local law enforcement by a
significant amount. Firearms can help prevent employees from a
criminal attack. The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) recognized criminal acts of violence in
the workplace as a hazard that employers might need to guard
against if violence is a recognized hazard in their
establishments (Witter, 2010). By prohibiting concealed
weapons may only make law-abiding customers and employees
more vulnerable targets for criminals, especially if the business
was to have a sign stating no weapons are allowed posted
(Witter, 2010). Retail and restaurants that openly allow conceal
carry can make their workplaces safer by deterring criminals
from targeting those areas. Criminals would more then likely
not attack a workplace that carries firearms and are more likely
to stay away from that workplace, rather then the ones that
prohibit firearms on the premises. To ensure that the employees
and customers are safe before law enforcement arrives
employees should have to option to conceal carry.
Lastly, implementing more gun rights to allow conceal carry in
public parks will help keep the country safer, by giving the
innocent people at the park a form of protection from any
criminal that is trying to do harm. The right of self-defense is
founded on the law of nature; and is not, nor can be, superseded
by any law of society (Kautzer, 2015). This is now called the
Stand Your Ground; in 2005, Florida made this the Protection of
Persons law. This law abrogates the duty to retreat in public
areas; the law explicitly makes ‘no retreat’ the standard. It also
creates a criminal and civil immunity for people acting in self-
defense, which means that, a person cannot be sued in civil
court for using deadly force (Kautzer, 2015). Criminals seek for
weak areas to attack. If they know that people carry firearms in
areas they are more likely to not attack that area than if guns
are prohibited to be in the public area. The Protection of
Persons law works best if the public area allows conceal carried
firearms to help protect the innocent. Without this, it is
extremely hard to protect from active shooters without a there
own firearms to fight back with.
In order to make the country safer, guns should be allowed in
more public areas such as schools, retail and restaurants, and
public parks. The Protection of Persons law allows for the right
to Stand Your Ground against criminals in order to protect the
innocent. Giving more employees the right to defend themselves
and others against criminals that seek to harm individuals. The
Protection of Person law protects the person from using deadly
force if needed to protect the innocent. Business’s that prohibit
guns can be more likely for active shooters, for which the
criminal knows that there are no weapons allowed on the
premises, making for an easier attack. Students and teachers
will be safer if there was an armed person at the school to
respond fast then the local law enforcement. It will also deter
criminals and active shooters from wanting to attack school. All
in all, allowing more guns with registered law-abiding citizens
will make the country a safer place.
References
Berkowitz, B., Gamio, L., Lu, D., Uhrmacher, K., & Lindeman,
T. (2016). The math of mass shootings. Retrieve from
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/mass-
shootings-in-america/
Crews, G. A., Crews, A. D., & Burton, C. E. (2013). The only
thing that stops a guy with a bad policy is a guy with a good
policy: An examination of the NRA's "national school shield"
proposal. American Journal of Criminal Justice: AJCJ, 38(2),
183-199. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12103-013-9202-x
Kautzer, C. (2015). Good guys with guns: From popular
sovereignty to self-defensive subjectivity. Law and Critique,
26(2), 173-187. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10978-015-
9156-x
Murgado, A. (2013). Quicker response to active shooters.
Retrieved from
http://www.policemag.com/channel/patrol/articles/2013/10/quic
ker-response-to-active-shooters.aspx
Witter, D. (2010). Individual gun rights, gun laws, and
franchising: Why franchisors cannot ignore the controversy.
Franchise Law Journal, 29(4), 239-247,252. Retrieved from
http://search.proquest.com/docview/519661712?accountid=3579
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  • 1. Running head: GUNS IN PUBLIC AREAS 1 GUNS IN PUBLIC AREAS 3 Guns Should Be Allowed in Public Areas Because It Will Make the Country Safer Michael Dill Keiser University Abstract This paper discusses the importance of expanding conceal carry to more public areas to provide a safer country. Allowing people to conceal carry in places such as school, retail and restaurants, and public parks will help keep innocent people safe from criminals. A teacher with a conceal carry will give the students and facility the ability to fight back and protect themselves from an active shooter at the school. Employees that conceal carry are given the opportunity to ensure the customers are safe from any criminal trying to do harm. Public parks will be safer with more law-abiding citizens carrying a concealed gun to protect the people at the park from criminals or anyone trying to do harm. This essay will give reasons why it is important to allow American citizens to carry concealed firearms. By doing this, it will provide protect to innocent people from criminals in the time that law enforcement is dispatched and to when they arrive. Guns Should Be Allowed in Public Areas Because It Will Make
  • 2. the Country Safer All of the death tolls change, even the places change: nine deaths in a church, 26 deaths in an elementary school, 49 deaths in a nightclub, and now the latest, five deaths in the streets of Dallas, Texas (Berkowitz, Gamio, Lu, Uhrmacher, & Lindeman, 2016). If areas like these allowed people to conceal carry firearms, the death tolls of many shootings like these would be substantially lower then what they actually are now. The Department of Homeland Security research revealed that the average length of an active shooter incident is 12.5 minutes. With the average response time for law enforcement to arrive at the scene is approximately18 minutes (Murgado, 2013), that response time is not fast enough to fully prevent an active shooter and to protect the innocent bystanders of that incident. Guns should be allowed in public areas because it will make the country safer. First of all, allowing guns in public areas, such as schools it will make the country safer by giving the school a chance to fight back, and to protect the student and teachers from any active shooter. Letting a teacher conceal carry and being properly trained can reduce the casualty rate by stopping the active shooter before they are able to do harm. It takes law enforcements an average of 18 minutes to respond to an active shooter incident (Murgado, 2013), having an employee at the school carry will respond to the active shooter a lot quicker then the police are able too. They can stop the active shooter or at the very least slow them down long enough for law enforcement to arrive to the scene at the school. A recent Gallup poll indicated that the majority of Americans surveyed, believe that placing an armed person at schools is the answer to school shooting tragedies (Crews, Crews, & Burton, 2013). This shows that Americans would prefer an armed teacher or officer at their children schools to ensure their safety. Guns in schools will be safer for the students and teachers to provide protect against an active shooter. Secondly, by having employees in retail and restaurants being
  • 3. able to conceal carry will make the country safer by having a response time faster then the local law enforcement by a significant amount. Firearms can help prevent employees from a criminal attack. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognized criminal acts of violence in the workplace as a hazard that employers might need to guard against if violence is a recognized hazard in their establishments (Witter, 2010). By prohibiting concealed weapons may only make law-abiding customers and employees more vulnerable targets for criminals, especially if the business was to have a sign stating no weapons are allowed posted (Witter, 2010). Retail and restaurants that openly allow conceal carry can make their workplaces safer by deterring criminals from targeting those areas. Criminals would more then likely not attack a workplace that carries firearms and are more likely to stay away from that workplace, rather then the ones that prohibit firearms on the premises. To ensure that the employees and customers are safe before law enforcement arrives employees should have to option to conceal carry. Lastly, implementing more gun rights to allow conceal carry in public parks will help keep the country safer, by giving the innocent people at the park a form of protection from any criminal that is trying to do harm. The right of self-defense is founded on the law of nature; and is not, nor can be, superseded by any law of society (Kautzer, 2015). This is now called the Stand Your Ground; in 2005, Florida made this the Protection of Persons law. This law abrogates the duty to retreat in public areas; the law explicitly makes ‘no retreat’ the standard. It also creates a criminal and civil immunity for people acting in self- defense, which means that, a person cannot be sued in civil court for using deadly force (Kautzer, 2015). Criminals seek for weak areas to attack. If they know that people carry firearms in areas they are more likely to not attack that area than if guns are prohibited to be in the public area. The Protection of Persons law works best if the public area allows conceal carried firearms to help protect the innocent. Without this, it is
  • 4. extremely hard to protect from active shooters without a there own firearms to fight back with. In order to make the country safer, guns should be allowed in more public areas such as schools, retail and restaurants, and public parks. The Protection of Persons law allows for the right to Stand Your Ground against criminals in order to protect the innocent. Giving more employees the right to defend themselves and others against criminals that seek to harm individuals. The Protection of Person law protects the person from using deadly force if needed to protect the innocent. Business’s that prohibit guns can be more likely for active shooters, for which the criminal knows that there are no weapons allowed on the premises, making for an easier attack. Students and teachers will be safer if there was an armed person at the school to respond fast then the local law enforcement. It will also deter criminals and active shooters from wanting to attack school. All in all, allowing more guns with registered law-abiding citizens will make the country a safer place. References Berkowitz, B., Gamio, L., Lu, D., Uhrmacher, K., & Lindeman, T. (2016). The math of mass shootings. Retrieve from https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/mass- shootings-in-america/ Crews, G. A., Crews, A. D., & Burton, C. E. (2013). The only thing that stops a guy with a bad policy is a guy with a good policy: An examination of the NRA's "national school shield" proposal. American Journal of Criminal Justice: AJCJ, 38(2), 183-199. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12103-013-9202-x Kautzer, C. (2015). Good guys with guns: From popular sovereignty to self-defensive subjectivity. Law and Critique, 26(2), 173-187. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10978-015- 9156-x Murgado, A. (2013). Quicker response to active shooters. Retrieved from http://www.policemag.com/channel/patrol/articles/2013/10/quic ker-response-to-active-shooters.aspx
  • 5. Witter, D. (2010). Individual gun rights, gun laws, and franchising: Why franchisors cannot ignore the controversy. Franchise Law Journal, 29(4), 239-247,252. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/519661712?accountid=3579 6