"The more prominent feeling people purchase a gun out of is fear. This intense fear of what might happen generally causes rationality to take a back seat." Students are petitioning for the rights to carry weapons to defend themselves, but the author is ignoring that subject. Anyone with common sense knows "intense fear" is not driving most gun purchases. Chances are you haven't heard anyone talk about having "intense fear" of being shot, evenpublic school teachers, or anyone who's purchased a gun because of school shootings. I'm sure someone has "intense fear," but it's uncommon, or the 6 o'clock news would have stories daily.
"If everyone is allowed to carry guns, what is going to happen to the safety of our cities?" Crime will decrease, according to Federal statistics. http://johnrlott.tripod.com/op-eds/N...Post61504.html
"These laws seem a bit lax and unrealistic in today's world. Many say we need to enforce the laws on the books already. What laws?" Laws against keeping a murderer in prison are lax, so why not talk about them?
"48 states have a process for issuance of licenses or permits to carry firearms, and 40 of those states provide the opportunity for average citizens to legally carry firearms for self-defense." Citizens must meet strict requirements to obtain a permit. His argument is not only already in action, but unconstitutional.
"It seems every time I ask a person why they own a gun, they always answer the same thing, that being for security and self-defense." Maybe the author needs to realize guns are tools people use for self defense.
"But it seems to me that they are causing more harm than good." Legal gun owners commit the fewest crimes, so everyone should be required to own a gun, according to the author's incorrect line of reasoning.
"We are protecting ourselves from each other." So the author is also a criminal?
"But gun ownership definitely needs to be heavily regulated." Gun manufacture, transport, sale, purchase, carry, etc.is already heavily regulated.
"...do you really think if everyone carried a gun they would only use them in cases of self-defense? The evidence suggests a very clear answer to that question." It is clear that criminals tend to commit crimes, law-abiding citizens tend to remain that way.
"My question is how many more innocent people have to die to maintain these so-called rights?" Perhaps his question should be, "Why don't gun-free zones work?"
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Thinking more of the whole issue, do anti-gun persons not realize why officers carry guns? Since officers can't be everywhere, as evidenced by another college "gun-free zone"incident today, why shouldn't we be able to defend ourselves?