Do Americans Have a Right to Bear Arms in Public?

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments about a case concerning whether individuals have a right to bear arms outside of the home. The issue of gun control has long been an issue that Americans of various political persuasions have been passionate about. The Court’s decision in this case will surely have a large impact on laws across the country.

Those who argue that Americans have a right to bear arms in public contend that to do so is guaranteed by the Second Amendment. They argue that if an individual has the right to bear arms—as the Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller—then this should also apply to bearing arms in public. They claim that while this right should be limited to some extent, just like First Amendment rights are, the burden should be on the government to make a strong argument for why it can’t be exercised in certain arenas.

Those who argue that Americans do not have a right to bear arms in public contend that it is not a right protected by the Second Amendment. They argue that the Court incorrectly ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller, and since individuals don’t even have a right to bear arms, they certainly don’t have the right to do so in public areas. They claim that the government does not need to make a compelling case to limit the carrying of firearms in public since guns in public areas pose a general threat to the safety of society.

So, what do you think? Do Americans Have a Right to Bear Arms in Public? Students may answer Yes, they do; No, they do not; or a nuanced answer in-between!

Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:

-Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner

-Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers

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-They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner

-They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly

Current Standings:
Yes: 77%
No: 23%
  • Emily from Kentucky

    Yes, Americans have the right to bear arms in public. The second amendment states that Americans have the right to bear arms. It is not specified when or where they can carry; therefore, it is unconstitutional to limit gun rights outside of reason. To be able to carry in public you should have to be 18 and carry a license. It is reasonable to limit children from carrying guns because they are accident prone. On the other hand, it is not reasonable to limit all people because responsible adults have no reason why they shouldn’t be allowed to carry. People who argue against guns for public safety say that removing all guns from the public will make the community safer. This is an illusion. The government can make guns illegal, but bad people who want to hurt others will find ways to bring guns in public to complete their agenda. How do I know this? People are flawed. We cannot help but make bad decisions. Illegal drugs in the US have been banned by the government, yet we still see so many users. The same would be true for guns. If no guns are allowed in public, how will we defend ourselves when some whack-a-doo decides to shoot up a building? We can’t. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.

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  • Isabella from Illinois

    Yes, absolutely Americans have the right to bear (carry) arms. The 2nd Amendment clearly states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” To bear arms means to carry arms. In 2008 the United States Supreme Court ruled that U.S. citizens have the right to own firearms. Currently the U.S. The Supreme Court is deciding on a case that will most likely agree that all Americans have the right to carry firearms in public. Some states currently deny this right but that is in opposition to the constitution. The Bill of Rights basically tells the government what it is not allowed to do, it doesn’t tell the citizens what they can do, it does not give them permission to exercise their rights. They already have that right. The right to self defense is one of the most fundamental civil rights listed in the constitution. When you consider the fact that over 21 million people have licenses to carry a gun and a very small number of these people end up committing crimes. Lawful carrying of weapons should not be an issue. The CDC has produced a study that indicates up to 2 million times a year lawful citizens use firearms in self defense. This vastly exceeds the criminal use of firearms. Attempting to limit law abiding citizens from carrying firearms will do nothing to stop criminals from obtaining and using them. As can be seen in this argument overall the private ownership and carry of firearms by millions of law abiding Americans is a good thing and is not problematic. Attempting to limit citizens rights by amending the Constitution to allow the government to restrict carriage of firearms would only benefit the criminal element.

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  • Khadija from Illinois

    This is a huge debate within American society. Some believe that people who carry guns in public are a safety concern for those surrounding them, while others believe that people who carry guns in public, do so for their own protection of those surrounding them. The second amendment claims that any and all American citizens have the right to bear arms, however it does not specify where they are or are not allowed to carry the arms. This world is a dangerous place for all people, especially as the rates of crime in the United States have always been very high. As a woman, I can easily say that being in public can be scary, when I have no form of protection on me. Personally, I would feel much safer if I was able to carry a gun on me at all times, as that would significantly lower my risk of getting violated in any way. I believe all other people who support carrying guns in public are on the same page as well. Those who believe guns can be used as self defense definitely do not wish to carry them around because they think they have the right to kill anyone they feel threatened by, but rather for protection and self defense, if something tragic was to ever happen. That is the same reason why police officers are allowed to carry guns with them at all times. I believe that any mentally aware and stable person should have the right to carry a gun with them at all times. These people can receive background checks as well as follow specific laws that will help ensure our society isn’t filled with gun violence all around. It is a common belief that being an armed citizen will aid in lessening crimes. This notion has gained many arguments as of whether carrying of guns will improve safety for people especially for those in learning institutions. The definite advantage of carrying a weapon is that a person is armed any time and ready for anything. This will add another advantage to help protect communities and secure the feeling of safety as citizens.
    Although carrying a gun in public would be used for self defense and protection only, there are some safety concerns that come with doing so. For example, if a person who was not mentally stable would carry a gun in public, then they would be considered a threat to those surrounding them. The presence of a visible gun makes people more aware and aggressive. Allowing guns to be carried openly in public also makes it very difficult to distinguish between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” during an active shooter incident. Which will make it harder for authorities to be able to solve these cases unless there are more types of engineering involved. But that is the reason why in order to carry a gun with them, everybody must first get certified to do so. Preferably till the age of 21 in order to ensure that people have the correct mental understanding and awareness to be carrying such a dangerous weapon around. These restrictions must be very limited and should be able to require much education in very specific instances.

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  • Aidan from Illinois

    I believe that the 2nd amendment gives Americans the right to carry firearms in public places with proper licenses and such. Of course the place in question matters too because privately owned businesses can restrict people with firearms from entering and it’s legal. But overall I say yea, Americans have the right to bear arms given to them by the 2nd amendment. This topic is one of the most controversial out there. It is hard to find a balance between upholding the 2nd amendment and keeping gun violence minimum. Data collected on gun violence regarding conceal and carry is widely varied and therefore mostly inconclusive. Some studies showed that conceal carry increased petty crimes and decreased violent crimes, other studies say the opposite. The NRC released a statement saying “The evidence to date does not adequately indicate either the sign or the magnitude of a causal link between the passage of right-to-carry laws and crime rates. Furthermore, this uncertainty is not likely to be resolved with the existing data and methods. If further headway is to be made, in the committee’s judgment, new analytical approaches and data are needed.” Given there not being a definite answer to whether or not conceal carry decreases or increases violence, Americans should have the right to bear arms in public. If we do not allow U.S. citizens to carry guns, it could be said we are stripping away their 2nd amendment right.

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  • Brodde from Texas

    Yes, because it is a fundamental right and is the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. Owning and being able to own a gun provides a sense of security and protection when needed.

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  • Alexa from Illinois

    At the end of the day the world is dangerous, with people dying at the hands of people every day. I think personally taking away guns would take away the safety that Americans feel. Being able to defend yourself and others is basic right and with living and coming to America, the free world, you should be able to own something of that nature. I think the right to bear arms are for those who have the mental stability to do so. Being a high school student and hearing about many school shootings and events of that sort, make me fearful for whose hands are on these weapons. I think as a country we need to do better with the control of this but also not take away the right completely.

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  • alex from Illinois

    Americans do not have the right to bear arms in public. It was written in the constitution under the second amendment that citizens of the United States have the right to bear arms. I believe this amendment allows people to possess a gun but I don’t think it should allow a person to carry it around in public. Allowing people to carry a gun in public would lead to the possibility of a gun getting in the hands of someone that shouldn’t have one. If this were to happen then innocent people would be injured or could be dead. If people want to bear arms in public there should be more restrictions on guns. For example, the minimum age to own a gun should be a bit higher. Younger people tend to be more irresponsible which could lead them to use a gun irresponsibly. Like I mentioned earlier, I believe people shouldn’t be able to carry them around in public but you should be allowed to have one in your home. There are many reasons that someone wants to have a gun. The main reason that someone wants to own a gun is to keep themselves and/or their family safe. I would say that I agree with this idea as long as it’s something like a handgun. I don’t see why someone should be able to own anything beside a handgun or some sort of hunting rifle.

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  • Evan from Alabama

    It is in the constitution(2nd Amendment). People have the right to get a license to carry a concealed weapon. You can be 18 and get a gun. The 2nd amendment was intended to be used for self-defense. Most cases of self-defense happen outside of the rather than in the home. So if you don’t have a gun on you and the mugger does then you are not in a good position.

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  • Erik from Pennsylvania

    I believe that although carrying a firearm in any public location could be a safety hazard and a worry for some but I think that you should be able to carry a firearm in your vehicle because there have been many road rage incidents where people have gotten out of there car and tried to attack people and I think that a firearm would be used for self-defense in that situation but I believe that guns should be limited in some public locations.

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  • Krish from Maine

    Yes, only 6 states do not have the right to bare arms in their state laws. In public it is most important to bare arms to protect yourself with all of the shootings.

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  • Emily from Pennsylvania

    Yes, Americans do have the right to carry firearms in public due to the ruling of previous Supreme Court cases (District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago). This right is also protected under the second amendment, along with the right to self-defense. In today’s society, only people ages 18 and over who do not have any physical or mental limitations can legally possess firearms in public with a proper concealed carry permit, meaning that this right does not extend to everyone, but only the people who won’t misuse it. Not allowing American citizens to possess weapons in public encroaches on their constitutional freedoms and ability to defend themselves from harm in public.

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  • Emma from Pennsylvania

    Yes, under the second amendment, Americans do have the right to bear arms and their rights cannot be taken away. Since we do have this right, people need to be smarter about their gun usage and the proper settings of when to have it.

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  • Madalynn from Pennsylvania

    Yes, under the second amendment Americans have the right to bear arms. There is already a set age, 18, to bear arms in public and carry a license. This is a given right and is given our protection in public, we can bear arms due to self-defense.

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  • Keyon from Pennsylvania

    Americans have a right to bear arms in public, because the 2nd Amendment never restricted people from carrying a gun in public. If someone has a gun license, and they carry a legal gun, they don’t pose much of a danger. It would actually be beneficial, because they can use it for self-defense.

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  • Evan from New Jersey

    Yes, it is in the United States Constitution under the second amendment.

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  • Katrina from Illinois

    This is a challenging thing to talk about for me because I do really do believe in humans rights , and the right to bear arms is even the second amendment. So for a simple answer, Yes, I do believe Americans should have the right to bear arms. But in the long answer I bring up the challenges of having “any” human carrying a gun and the reasons they get one in the first place. Though many people say its for protection (which a totally responsible reason) there are others that get a gun for the hell of it. Guns can be a collectable or weapon and that’s how it is. People do end up using legal guns to commit crimes and murders, that were bought for “protection”. The system around getting a gun and the underground selling of guns needs to be changed so Americans 2nd amendment becomes the thing of the past. We need to make a bigger protocols with training, tests and mental check ups with the owners of guns bought legally. Just because everyone has a gun, doesn’t make the world a better place, just a more messed country with more shootings everyday.

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  • Emilie from Missouri

    Yes, Americans should be able to carry firearms outside of the home for self-defense. I believe this to be true because when governments infringe on your rights, it can easily turn into a government with too much power. When you take the power away from the citizens to be able to protect themselves, they start to rely on the government which can escalate to tyranny. Mark Brnovich does an excellent job explaining this by stating, “The Second Amendment is our country’s clear, concise, and lawful acknowledgment of a God-given right of self-defense that in our land of the free and home of the brave is truly self-evident.”

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  • Vincent from North Carolina

    The 2nd Amendment provide for the right of citizens to bear arms, as the Founding Fathers believed that it is necessary to prevent a tyrannical government from dominating the republic. It was intended that firearm rights would be used both for public and private purposes by citizens as it served many purposes, such as burglary deterrence, hunting, forming a necessary militia, and providing for an individual safety. Likewise, firearms still exist for the same purposes in the modern United States and because of this, firearms of most type should be legal in public.

    Firearms is necessary in providing for the individual’s defense because it provide an effective deterrence and a tool that can neutralize an immediate threat. This especially applies to areas where a high crime rate occurs, such as inner-cities of Minneapolis, or one that is experiencing rioting and looting, which exacerbated by the defunding of the police because this can cause harm to individuals, their loved ones, and their possessions and properties. Deterrence can be especially handy in these situations, as being able to prevent threat from occurring from other individuals because they know that the individual possess a tool that can cause severe injury or death at any time, which most people would avoid. As a result, deterrence is cost-efficient because it there is little to no damaged to property or self, resulting in a limited or no medical or insurance bills to pay as well as being effective in both the short-and-long term, because potential attackers know not to attack you as an individual and your property-both in public and private-because they know that damage or death would be inflicted on them. A common example of this would be living in the inner-city of Minneapolis, Chicago, or San Francisco, in which crime rate has spiked as a result of defunding the police, which increases the individuals risk of being targeted, resulting in the individual being more reliant on himself to avoid being mugged, raped, or vandalized by criminals out in public. Having a public carried concealed will let the individual be more safer, as criminals may realize that a gun carrying individual will be more riskier to entangle and will most likely not attack. Being able to neutralize threats is also a major benefit of carrying a gun in public, as it is more easily accessible. The threats, while fluctuating depending on the regions, will still occur as people would partake in crime and murder. Having a firearm would effectively destroy the threat should it happen as the criminals would be incapacitated or dead. As a result, not only would the would-be victim be safe, but also prevent other people being victimized from the criminal. An example of such scenario is a mass shooter with the realistic incident being the White Settlement Church Shooting, Texas in 2018. In this case, the volunteer security member was able to carry a firearm in public, and because of this and his quick response, he was able to neutralize the threat before more casualties occurred. This show that carrying firearm in public would not only benefit an individual, but other people as well.

    People who argued for regulating and banning firearms in public has reasonable arguments, such as it would reduce the death and injury resulting from a potentially improper handling or a potentially unstable person from being able to afflict people more easily. However, this argument is flawed because it assumes everybody will follow and be impacted equally by the law, which i more idealistic than realistic and does not actually solve any issues. For one, this only affect people who obeyed this law, not criminals. This would result in those who chose to follow the law being mostly defenseless while criminals and gangs having the superior firepower and being able to have more freedom of targeting people, especially in an area where the police has been defunded. Second, only those who can afford to hire protection or those who lived in a secure area will only be safe, because they won’t be as easily targeted successfully as the people who can’t afford these luxuries. This is because criminal have more of an incentive to target the people who aren’t able to defend themselves as easily because they know they face very little to no risk, as they have the superior strength if armed. In conclusion, banning firearm from being carried in public would benefit few while harming many, as the law will be applied unequally and unfair. For the argument of randomly searching criminals and people for concealed firearms would be a violation of the 4th Amendment, because unwarranted search and seizure is prohibited and these actions would be unconstitutional.

    In conclusion, firearms should be legal in most public spaces (if permitted by the consent of the owner of the site), because most people are responsible and trustworthy enough to exercise their 2nd Amendment right in both public and private lifestyles. For the argument of the Kyle Rittenhouse incident, the response and situation of Rittenhouse was reasonable, because there was a riot occurring and semi-automatic rifles are displayed as a deterrence force against damages and provide for self-defense. Firearms should only be required to be concealed in public, unless incidents such as rioting or any active threats required it to be displayed.
    CITATIONS
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2021/07/20/democratic-mayors-defunded-their-police-while-spending-millions-on-their-own-police-protection/?sh=1c683411d86b
    https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/10/29/22751518/downtown-chicago-loop-shootings-murder-river-north
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/cities-reverse-defunding-the-police-amid-rising-crime-11622066307
    https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/man-who-took-out-church-gunman-to-receive-states-highest-civilian-honor/2290236/

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  • Nikki from Illinois

    Yes, I believe Americans should have the right to bear arms in public. In the constitution the second amendment states that people have the right to bear arms. The law states that you have a right to defend yourself against criminals. Whether the instance is in your own home or in public. Even though it doesn’t say when or where people can carry guns so it is unfair to limit gun rights in public. To be able to carry a gun in public you should have to be 18 and it should always be mandatory to carry a license when having an armed weapon. There should also be background checks on people who do purchase guns because there is no other way of knowing if they have any past gun violence issues. Although, I don’t think it makes sense to limit all people because some adults have no reason as to why they shouldn’t be allowed to carry guns. The government can make guns illegal, but bad people who want to hurt others will find ways to bring guns around in public. Some people who argue against guns for public safety think that removing all guns from the public will make the world a safer place. This is not true because I believe guns don’t kill people and that people kill people. For example, Illegal drugs in the US have been banned by the government, but people still find so many ways to obtain them. I believe there is no difference in making guns illegal because people nowadays are smart enough to figure out ways to carry weapons. I think making guns illegal in public would make people feel not as safe because they are no longer allowed to protect themselves.

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  • Brogan from Illinois

    I believe the second amendment clearly states that civilians are allowed to own firearms for personal protection, sport, or in the event of an emergency militia. I think while it is the decision of the property owner on whether or not they want firearms on their property, everyone should be able to have a gun on public property. This is because the Constitution contains the second amendment referring to firearm ownership, and the Constitution acts as a rule book for the government to follow. Therefore since allowing civilians to own and carry guns is a rule the government has to follow, public places, places owned by the government, have to uphold this rule and allow citizens to bear arms in the premises of the public property.

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  • Estelle from Illinois

    Americans should have the right to bear arms in public as long as they have a conceal and carry license. This means they have an approved background check, taken courses and 16 hours of training in order to ensure they carry safely. The second amendment states that people have a right to bear arms and it does not just say on personal property. The point of being able to carry a gun is for self defense and not being able to carry a gun in public would defeat the purpose of it being for self defense because many of the events that need self defense are in a public place. If guns are banned in public then it is making people who use it in self defense vulnerable because people who want to hurt others are going to anyway. The only people this would affect are the innocent people who are not looking to hurt people.

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  • Benjamin from Oregon

    The second amendment states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” that alone allows for people to carry guns in public. If you do not like open carry, we have concealed carry permits that are issued to gun owners who apply for them. Those who wish to ban guns, one, do not understand guns, and two, do not understand our nation’s history or our Constitution.

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  • Michael from Illinois

    Americans do have a right to bear arms in public. The basis of the second amendment is that you are able to defend yourself if it is made necessary by the situation at hand. The odds of being robbed at a Highway/Road/Alley/Street/Sidewalk is about 1 in 14,295. The odds of being robbed at your house are about 1 in 22,727. The facts are that you are more likely to be robbed when you are in public than in your home; which is why it would be necessary to be able to defend yourself in public (carry a gun on you). If the government takes away the right for citizens with registered guns to defend themselves in public, nothing would be able to stop criminals. The second amendment is here for everyday citizens who are looking for security, that if the worst thing happens (armed robbery at a bank, for example) they will be able to defend their lives if necessary. At the end of the day, people want to go home back to their families and friends. The second amendment helps keep crime low with Americans being able to carry guns in public, and keeps Americans relieved that at the end of the day they can count on themselves to defend their lives if needed. Many people will argue that since the second amendment doesn’t explicitly say that citizens can bear arms in public, and because of this they shouldn’t have the right to. There is a point here by saying that it wasn’t explicitly stated; however, this can be overlooked by the fact that you are more likely to be robbed in public rather than in private areas. The whole point of the second amendment is to protect yourself and others, and the fact that most crime takes place in public cannot be overlooked. This is why the second amendment should apply to Americans who want to bear arms in public. There is also the argument that the second amendment shouldn’t apply to modern America because of the time period in which it was written. This could be countered as an argument because all the other amendments still apply such as freedom of speech covering what you say on the internet. If one of the amendments is applied to modern society, all of them should. In conclusion, the right to bear arms in public should be considered guaranteed by the second amendment because in public is where the most crime takes place, and because even though the law was made in 1791, it still applies to our modern-day America, just like the other amendments do.

    Work Cited:https://www.checkvideo.com/blog-post/crime-victim-statistics/

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  • Maria from Kentucky

    Yes, Americans have the right to bear arms. Americans are guaranteed the right to bear arms in the 2nd amendment. This topic is one of the most controversial out there. It is hard to find a balance between upholding the 2nd amendment of the Constitution and also keeping gun violence minimum. Data collected on gun violence regarding conceal and carry is inconclusive. Some studies showed that conceal and carry increased petty crimes and decreased violent crimes, other studies said otherwise. The NRC released a statement saying “The evidence to date does not adequately indicate either the sign or the magnitude of a causal link between the passage of right-to-carry laws and crime rates. Furthermore, this uncertainty is not likely to be resolved with the existing data and methods. If further headway is to be made, in the committee’s judgment, new analytical approaches and data are needed.” Given there not being a definite answer to whether or not conceal and carry decreases or increases violence, Americans should have the right to bear arms in public. If we do not allow U.S. citizens to carry guns, it could be said we are stripping away their 2nd amendment right, which may or may not be true. Instead, we should allow Americans to bear arms in public. At least until a definite conclusion may be drawn from the data against Americans bearing arms with evidence to back it up.
    Work Cited:
    https://www.rand.org/research/gun-policy/analysis/concealed-carry/violent-crime.html
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/right-to-carry-gun-violence/531297/

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  • trenton from Kentucky

    You should be able to defend yourself in public so that in case of something. Most of the time people getting shot is in places that you aren’t purpose to have guns in so people cant defend themselves.”Our coalition believes that the original public meaning of the Second Amendment is a clear recognition of the right of citizens to bear arms for self-defense outside of their homes.”

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  • Jolee from Missouri

    Should Americans have the right to bear arms? In my opinion yes, we should be able to bear arms in public. In the article is says ¨ Americans have a right to bear arms in public contend that t do so is guaranteed by the Second Amendment.¨ It is not specific when or where they can carry; therefore it is unconstitutional to limit gun rights outside of reason. To be able to carry in public you should have to be 18 and carry a License. You should have those requirements, then you can carry in public. The government can make guns illegal,but bad people who want to hurt others will find ways to bring guns in public to complete their agenda. People are flawed. Some of us, cannot help but make bad decisions. Illegal drugs in the US have been banned by the government, yet we still see so many users. Same are true for guns. What if you are in a situation that there are no cops or they can´t get there right away, how will you protect yourself. If you run and hide and they find you, what do you think will happen to you? Their is a saying that goes ¨Guns don´t kill people; people kill people.¨ I agree with this saying so much.

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  • Brayden from Missouri

    Yes. Americans should have the right to bear arms, with restrictions. The first amendment rights have restrictions, so why not the second amendment, instead of just not allowing the bearing of arms in public. That feels like a violation of our second amendment rights. Also, I think the government should be able to limit this right in certain areas if provided a convincing argument.

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  • aiden from Missouri

    we do have the right to bare arms anywhere in the united states. the second amendment states that we the people have the right to bare arms and a well regulated militia. even i they tried to take away the right to bare arms they cant it is in the constitution. the only reason its bad in the U.S. is because we dont do background checks on the people who buy the guns that cause the gun violence. if we did back ground checks then we would cut down gun violence so yes we are aloud to bare arms in public but it can be modified of how we sell guns to people so yes we have the right to bare arms

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    we do have the right to bare arms anywhere in the united states. the second amendment states that we the people have the right to bare arms and a well…

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  • Laney from Missouri

    yes Americans should be allowed to bear arms in public it clearly stated in the second amendment that we have the right to bear arms but also as stated in the reading gun control has always been an issue so in that case, we should have laws to limit who can have a gun like doing a background check and take precautions to who we give guns to but that right should never be taken away from the people of the united states of America people use firearms as a way of protection and if the government takes that away we will no longer have a way of protecting ourselves leaving us vulnerable. guns pose a general threat to society as stated in the reading above but it’s not the gun that poses a threat it’s whose hands you put it in

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    yes Americans should be allowed to bear arms in public it clearly stated in the second amendment that we have the right to bear arms but also as state…

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  • Elyssa from Missouri

    I think yes, Americans should have the right to bare arms as stated in the second amendment. I vote yes because individuals and/or families need some type of protection and defense. Though, of course, one should not purchase any weapon unless of age or qualified to. Those who argue that Americans do not have a right to bear arms in public contend that it is not a right protected by the Second Amendment. Others argue that Americans have the right to bear arms in public as it is guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

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    I think yes, Americans should have the right to bare arms as stated in the second amendment. I vote yes because individuals and/or families need some …

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  • MaKenna from Missouri

    I think that we should be able to carry around guns because if other people don’t like to follow the rules or if they have other weapons on them that we need something to protect/defend ourselves with. Also many people are used to carry around items to protect themselves or even others, and i think it would be wrong to take that away.

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    I think that we should be able to carry around guns because if other people don’t like to follow the rules or if they have other weapons on them that …

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  • Gracelyn from Missouri

    yes Americans do have the right to bear arms and should continue to have that right. it was put into our constitution for a reason. if an individual has the right to bear arms in their own household then its there choice to do so in public. “They claim that while this right should be limited to some extent, just like First Amendment rights are”. yes there is a point of over doing and using your rights for wrong but that’s why we have laws and limits to how we can enforce our rights. it says in the text that the government can bear arms and so can we. its not a one sided argument to have. this effects everyone and everyone should have this right no matter the height you have in the community. there for having our second amendment protects and our right to bear arms is a very important thing to keep.

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    yes Americans do have the right to bear arms and should continue to have that right. it was put into our constitution for a reason. if an individual …

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  • Danika from Missouri

    I do believe people should be able to bear arms in public. It’s apart of their rights to own and carry a gun, so they should be able to do so in public. When buying guns there are already many steps people have to go through. In the reading it says, ” The Second Amendment is a clear recognition of the right of citizens to ber arms for self defense”. Some people that disagree with people having guns in public may say it’s because it will rise crime rates. However, there is many things we can do to make sure that the people carrying guns, are smart resonable people who just care about their safety. The reading lists a criteria that people must go through in order to. It includes a background check, mental health records, fingerprinting, knowledge of laws, and training.

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  • chase from Missouri

    Americans do have the right to bear arms in public because firearms are made for self-protection and they cant be used for that if you dont have it with you. “Law-abiding citizens should not require the consent of faceless bureaucrats to exercise their right to keep and bear arms, and no local politicians can override the Second Amendment or the natural right of self-preservation.” was said in ‘In our constitutional republic, freedom demands sticking to your guns’

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    Americans do have the right to bear arms in public because firearms are made for self-protection and they cant be used for that if you dont have it wi…

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  • peyton from Missouri

    Yes, I believe that we should be allowed to carry guns in public. We should be allowed because if you would like to purchase a gun you have to get a background check anyway. People who usually cause a disturbance in the community with a shooting have stolen the gun. How are we supposed to protect ourselves from someone with a gun without one ourselves? I believe people would be able to protect themselves and others better if we are equipped with a gun. The second amendment states that American citizens have the right to bear arms. So that should be met.

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    Yes, I believe that we should be allowed to carry guns in public. We should be allowed because if you would like to purchase a gun you have to get a b…

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  • Alayna from Missouri

    Yes, Americans should be able to bear arms in public. There are “restrictions against carrying firearms on federal property”, which I agree with. Although, in a typical public setting, such as walking down the street, firearms should be legal. Women could be attacked by stronger men, and self defense movements may not be effective. In the ScotusBlog reading, it states that their “coalition believes that the original public meaning of the Second Amendment is a clear recognition of the right of citizens to bear arms for self defense outside of their homes.” The right to bear arms is meant to keep people safe, and I think that applies in public as well. Risk is not only present in the home.

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  • Jared from Missouri

    I think people should have the right to bear arms because they need to defend themselves although there should be restrictions to certain areas as said in the article people should be able to carry them but not in schools or hospitals and government buildings and other places like that and they need restrictions for being able to carry one.

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    I think people should have the right to bear arms because they need to defend themselves although there should be restrictions to certain areas as sai…

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  • Aubrey from Missouri

    I think people should have the rights to bear arms in public because if we can have them within private affairs for safety it should also go towards public. I do agree that it should limited so crazy people don’t have a chance at getting a hold of weapons. The issue had a court case that gave us the legal right to carry arms with correct license.

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    I think people should have the rights to bear arms in public because if we can have them within private affairs for safety it should also go towards p…

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  • christian from Missouri

    because what are they supposed to do when they have a face to face with somebody trying to rob them then they cannot protect themselves.

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  • Brandon from Missouri

    In my opinion yes, they should be able to carry a gun if the need of protection of oneself or family comes arise in a public setting. Over the last few years, the question of carrying a gun in public have became a hot topic due to gun control. Yes, have there been cases of extreme gun violence rather be from terrorist or even from are own people of this great nation. But in one of the article about how you need a special license to obtain a special permit in New York city to carry a gun in public, and they only real way in New York to obtain one is to be a victim of a violent crime that was committed against them. Which is quite lutacase to me for the simple reason that New York is one of the highest crime rate cities in the states, and the city is a hot spot for murder or mugging. People forget, guns don’t kill people, people kill people, even if you take guns from the public, people while find ways to obtain them illegally or find other ways to commit crimes in a violent manner. However, I do believe in background checks, mental healthiness checks, etc. But in the 2nd amendment does state that the people have the right to bear arms to protect ourselves from danger rather be inside or outside your home.

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    In my opinion yes, they should be able to carry a gun if the need of protection of oneself or family comes arise in a public setting. Over the last fe…

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  • Kemani from Missouri

    Should Americans have the right to bear arms. Having the right to bear arms is our second amendment. I believe we should have some guidelines following the right to bear arms in public. Just like the first amendment they should argue as to why it can’t be exercised in certain arenas. In New York they have to prove that they have been a victim of violence before they can get a firearm. Forty-Two states including Arizona you have to provide a certain criteria including a background check,mental health,records check, fingerprinting, knowledge of laws, firearms training, and other requirements. So yes I believe we should be able to use firearms in public, but only if you are a victim of violence.

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  • Meric from Missouri

    DO AMERICANS HAVE A RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IN PUBLIC? Yes the second amendment tells us that we have the right to carry an firearm to protect are self. “In fact, our coalition demonstrates with empirical evidence that citizens who are concealed-carry holders are significantly less likely than the general public to commit a crime. We also argue that objective-issue permitting and concealed-carry permits decrease crime in general and allow citizens to defend themselves outside their homes. A 2013 review by the National Research Council reveals that victims of crime who resist with a gun are less likely to suffer serious injury than those who either resist in other ways or offer no resistance at all. ” “Our Founders clearly grasped the importance of We the People to defend ourselves against any threat that might arise – from personal confrontation to political tyranny. Citizens of a free society must take on certain responsibilities, or their helplessness would be unsustainable. The Second Amendment is our country’s clear, concise, and lawful acknowledgement of a God-given right of self-defense that in our land of the free and home of the brave is truly self-evident.” It is pretty clear to me that we have this right and we can’t let the government take it.

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  • Paige from Missouri

    americans should have the right to bear arms. we should be able to protect ourselves if something were to happen. according to the second amendment americans do have the right to bear arms in public. you do have to be 18 years old and have a carry and conceal license to be able to carry one. ¨They argue that if an individual has the right to bear arms—as the Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller—then this should also apply to bearing arms in public.¨ No where ever says where we can and cant have gun out in public. granted there is a limit of where you can cant have them. We don’t want people to feel unsafe when they are out doing things we should be able to protect ourselves if something bad was going to happen. A school and maybe a store isn’t necessary a good place to have a gun. People should only be carrying them if they know they are going to be in a not so safe place. That is why i think americans should have the right to bear arms.

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  • Emma from Missouri

    People should be able to carry if they would like to, but only open fire in very specific situations. My problem is that this can be taken advantage of, for example the Pulse shooting in 2016. There should be regulations when it comes to densely populated areas, because having a gun in downtown KC is a lot different than having a gun in the rural parts of MO. I wish we didn’t live in a day and age where people feel like they need a gun to be truly safe.

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    People should be able to carry if they would like to, but only open fire in very specific situations. My problem is that this can be taken advantage o…

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  • luke from Missouri

    i think yes because crimes still happen in public, this world is corrupt and we should be able to protect ourselves now that doesn’t mean your gun has to be out in the open for everyone to see but yes we should be able to bare arms in public

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  • Stryder from Missouri

    Yes, Americans should have the right to bear arms in public but it shouldn’t be as easy to purchase a gun. People should have the right to protect themselves but they shouldn’t have the right to harm people without reason.

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  • Gavin from Missouri

    Yes, US citizens who qualify should able to conceal carry/open carry. Why? because those are things people often use in self defense. mabye you dont think so but a criminal with intent to use isnt going to follow gun laws, esspecially if theyre getting them illegaly like alot of them are. So taking away guns from Law abiding citizens puts the unlawful citizens in an advantagious position. As the article above said, its consitutional to carry. But the argument of its brings ¨safety to society¨ isnt bulletproof. Agian the ¨criminals¨ or lack of a better term the people with intent of violence, are awarded an advantage in public places when no one carries.

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    Yes, US citizens who qualify should able to conceal carry/open carry. Why? because those are things people often use in self defense. mabye you dont t…

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  • Elizabeth from Missouri

    Yes and No Americans should and should not have the right to bear arms. Yes because we need to protect ourselves from harm at all caused but no because people these days don’t use their gun the right way they just shoot up a place for no reason and that means there is going to be teens that have gun out of nowhere and shoot up a school, that is what we here on the news these days. We should have a license even though there is a policy that you have to have a license to buy and shoot a gun in some states. There is just to much harm in today’s world.

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    Yes and No Americans should and should not have the right to bear arms. Yes because we need to protect ourselves from harm at all caused but no becaus…

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  • claire from Missouri

    I think that americans should and should not have the right to bear arms in public. One of the american amendment is to bear arm why should that exclude in public. ¨The chief justice said the Second Amendment should be interpreted in the same manner as other constitutional rights, and questioned why, under New York’s rules, one has to assert a special need to bear arms in public.¨ as stated on cbsnews.com. a reason why we should is to protect our citizens and where the comunities that they live in.

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  • william from Missouri

    , i think you should be able to bear arms in public. however, the firearm should be concealed, it could cause distress in others around you. they wouldn’t fell safe if you were openly carrying a firearm. i know i wouldn’t feel safe. just like at home you still have a possibility of a dangerous attack outside of your home. so you should be allowed to carry a gun but have it concealed.

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    , i think you should be able to bear arms in public. however, the firearm should be concealed, it could cause distress in others around you. they woul…

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  • Skyler from Missouri

    I think that they should be able to carry a weapon because it is one of our rights as a US citzen and so they can feel safe and protected incase somone decides to pull out a gun they have a weapon to make them more safe.

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  • David from Virginia

    Yes, Americans have the right to bear rights in America in public. The second amendment protects the right to bear arms, however, this does not directly mean that a person can just walk around with a pistol or a rifle on their back it only means that they can own them. However, this can be allowed if a person is to pass a course and extensive background check can someone get an open carry license in which case a person can legally have a gun with them it just cannot be concealed. An example of where this is not the case would be Texas as they allow ever person to open carry even without an open carry permit. The next level of availability to carry a gun in public is concealed carry permit in which a person can have a pistol concealed on their person, however, this requires a lot of courses on gun safety and proper conduct courses as well. Then they must go through an even more extensive background than what an open carry permit requires. However, in some places, people do not have the ability to bear arms in public, such places would include government buildings and schools, and private businesses under the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 which can allow a business to refuse service if you are in violation of these rules. However, Americans overwhelmingly have the right to bear arms in public if they have the proper permits and have proven themselves as responsible gun owners.

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  • Joel from Pennsylvania

    There is a reason behind the many years before we are aloud to bear arms in the first place especially when cops are being attacked and defunded it’s not ok at all to the community I know half of the city slickers don’t care about firearms but there are people that do and care about the rights in our country and honestly no matter what the people who are shooting out there more than half of them have untraced fire arms and they have many ways of getting them trying to get rid of them is damn close to impossible there will still be shootings and it will get worse don’t say we didn’t try and tell you I promise and I pray people make the right choice you have a blessed day and safe travels

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  • Dallas from Missouri

    Americans have the right to bear arms in public and they always should. The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution states that we the people have the right to bear arms. Scotusblog.com says, “Founders clearly grasped the importance of We the People to defend ourselves against any threat that might arise – from personal confrontation to political tyranny.” The world is a dangerous place and no matter what we do, people are going to have guns. Whether it’s illegal to carry in public or not, there will be people who take a gun out in public, and they might not always have the best intentions. Gun control is an important subject, and I strongly believe that our government should perform more screenings and background checks on those who carry guns. Guns are dangerous. They are an offensive weapon, but they’re also a defensive weapon. The right to bear arms is an important American right and we should always be able to exercise that right.

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  • Amanda from Missouri

    Americans should have the right to bear arms in public because of the second amendment. This doesn’t mean they should have their guns out willy nilly, but if they have the correct paperwork, and no criminal record, Americans should have the right to bear arms.

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  • carter from Missouri

    yes, americans should have the right to bear arms outside of their home. i say this because many people feel safer carrying a gun on them that is just how they are. its our right to bear arms and that shouldn’t be taken away especially if its a licensed fire arm

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  • Owen from Missouri

    Ever noticed that every time some politician notices a shooting to call for gun control? Gun control does not decrease gun ownership by criminals but instead reduces their incentives to refrain from violence because it decreases the supply of armed law-abiding citizens who might resist them. It is saying that gun control doesn’t work, but saying fewer people can defend themselves from dangerous people. (“Custom Writing”).
    Anyone needs a background check to obtain a firearm. Many people think that criminals can still obtain a gun. [run-on sentence(s)] However, they are incorrect, and need to have a background check. The checks are designed to stop people who are not legally allowed to buy a gun. The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to bear arms while the Gun Control Act of 1968 wants to ban mail orders of varieties of weapons (“ATF”). All U.S. citizens must be at, or above the age of eighteen to purchase shotguns, rifles, and ammunition. For handguns, individuals must be twenty-one.
    Also, all automatic weapons in the U.S. are illegal. Machine guns have been comprehensively regulated at the federal level since the 1930s, and the manufacture or importation of new machine guns for sale to civilians has been banned since 1986. (“Giffords Law Center”). Gun control laws will not stop illegal weapons on the black market from coming into the U.S. However, by keeping American’s rights people would be able to defend themselves or others. AR-15 (or ArmaLite 15) rifles are technically designed for sporting use, as they are not fully automatic assault weapons. However, a semi-automatic action is designed for a series of fast, aimed shots on a battlefield. While the magazines are designed to hold thirty rounds, they can be legally reduced through magazine limits. However firearms are widely used in the United States for self-defense, hunting, and recreational uses.
    Keeping the second amendment, citizens can not only protect themselves and others, but can keep women from being raped or robbed. When a woman can carry a gun, then they will be comfortable walking alone at night so if they are robbed, raped, or kidnapped they will be prepared to defend themselves (“Amount of Woman Raped”). Which is a major issue in today’s society, so if guns stayed legal then they can protect themselves. An example of a reason citizens should have guns. If someone is walking down a block and a car pulls up to a woman and threatens them. That is when she would pull her weapon out and defend herself. There are many more good reasons to own a firearm. There are many celebrities that are pro-gun. Some major examples are Miranda Lambert, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, and many more (Celebrities Who are pro-gun). There are millions of United States citizens who support the second amendment.
    But like any topic, people disagree, such as the many anti-gun advocates. For example, some people could say, “You can get guns off the black market!” A response to that idea is that taking away guns will not only not keep the black market from obtaining guns, but also that citizens would not be able to bear arms to protect themselves from illegal guns. Another is “why do you need a gun if the police can handle it?” Well, because what can the police do that citizens can’t? The police can arrest the criminal but it will take time until they arrive at the scene. The person that is threatening someone is going to wait until the police arrive on scene. Because the average police time to arrive on scene is 5-10 minutes. (“Average Police Response Time”).
    People think by taking away all guns that all gun violence in the United States will just go away. Criminals do not obey gun control laws. Criminals, by definition, do not obey the law. Gun control laws only affect law-abiding people who go through legal avenues to obtain firearms. The second amendment states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (“United States”). The right to bear arms is important because many people in this society have many problems with rape, robbing, and criminal activity.
    Also, guns are used for self defense 500,000-3 million a year and 1,369-8,219 a day! Also, 94% of mass shootings happen in gun-free zones (“American Gun Facts”). Maybe that is why murders happen because the people there can not defend themselves. While the number of guns manufactured in the U.S. each year has increased dramatically, the homicide rate has continued to fall at the same time (“American Gun Facts”). 44% of households own a gun. More than half of felons are more afraid of armed citizens than a cop (“American Gun Facts”). So hopefully people can realize that guns are not meant for the bad and that the U.S. amendments are important.
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  • Meghan from Illinois

    Bearing arms is a 2nd amendment right. In the world we live in today, many people feel unsafe even in their own communities. This leads some people to feel the need to carry a gun with them as an extra protective measure. There are probably people you walk by every day that are carrying a gun. In most cases, and maybe that’s because I have lived a very sheltered life, I have not had an occurrence where gun violence has affected me. However I know that there are many places where the right to bear arms has been abused, and there have been some very unfortunate events like school shootings. This leads me to my belief that our country needs to increase the requirements and screening before someone is able to buy and have a gun. I personally have no plans to purchase a gun ever in my life, I don’t think they are truly necessary to feel and be safe, but I respect those who wish to have one. But I do hope that those who have guns aren’t using them to harm anyone. Because in the end, there’s always a way to solve problems without weapons.

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  • Thor from Missouri

    The technicality of things are that Americans do currently have the right to carry outside of their home to some extent as the amendment does not specify where they have the right to bear arms. I feel it should be restricted to a greater extent, as the premise of using guns to defend your property is lessened when you aren’t at your own home, and using it when you “feel threatened” is a good way to accidentally kill innocent people. However as it currently stands, in places with no rulings otherwise, the default is that guns are allowed to be carried in public.

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  • will from Virginia

    should Americans have the right to carry guns in public? the second amendment states that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” this leaves the amendment open for debate. most people say that the founding fathers had no idea how advanced weapon technology would advance in the future. the issue with this statement is that during the time of the constitution being written weapons were already advancing. for example weapons like canons on ships had been made easier to get, the machine gun had been invented. This means the founding fathers would have known that technology would further advance. the other thing most people say is that people who carry guns in public are criminals and idiots. the truth is most people who are going to carry a gun in public are someone who not only grew up learning about guns and how to use them but are also the people who join the police force, the military, and other federal agencies. these are people that understand how guns work and how to be safe. people assume everyone carrying guns means higher crime, however, statistics show that most robberies and other crimes can be stopped when someone just pulls a gun on a criminal. this is because most people aren’t willing to die for a couple of bucks out of someone’s wallet. the other factor is that some people carry guns for protection not from humans but from animals. some people live and work in areas that have animals like bears, wolves, bobcats, and other animals that could attack them. someone out in the woods should be able to carry a gun when they need to go to town and pick something up in the middle of a hunting trip. other statics show that areas, where most people have a gun, have a lower rate of gun violence than areas with no open carry in public. the other factor is that people have been found to feel safer when someone has an open carry firearm in public. overall carrying a gun in public is not a bad thing if the country and the states have enough gun laws to prevent crazy and unfit people from acquiring guns. people who do not understand gun safety and procedures for using a gun should not be allowed to own a gun, let alone carry that in public

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  • Zoie from Mississippi

    Bad people don’t care if it’s legal or not to have guns in public. Good people have to be able to defend themselves. Simple.

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  • Ryan from Illinois

    Yes, Americans should have the right to bear arms in public. The second amendment doesn’t limit the right to bear arms to private property and notes that this right shall not be infringed. Allowing Americans to possess their firearms in public is important for a few reasons. First off, in a case where an individual were to be attacked a firearm is a great method for self defense. Being able to defend yourself in public decreases the risk of an attempted assault or robbery and allows people to protect others who may be at risk and not have a firearm. Additionally, if there were to be a criminal who was carrying an illegally obtained firearm, a law abiding citizen will be able to neutralize the threat of the criminal by deploying his or her firearm. The second amendment also is a great establishment of the constitutional principle of limited government. By not allowing the carrying of firearms in public the government will clearly violate the constitution and that should not be allowed under any circumstances. Not allowing the carrying of firearms in public would be similar to not allowing the freedom of speech in public settings. Both are clear constitutional violations and would bring lawsuits to the federal courts and eventually would be overturned. All in all, the right to carry firearms in public is a right guaranteed by the second amendment and shall not be infringed under any circumstances. This amendment both allows for individuals to defend themselves and others and allows for the keeping of a well regulated militia.

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  • Lillian from Virginia

    I do believe that Americans have the right to bear arms in public. I mean it’s right there in the US Constitution, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. If lawmakers do decide to go ahead and enforce higher gun control laws, those including the banning of firearms in public places, that doesn’t mean they will be followed. Just because they are banned in public, won’t cause criminals to decide not to conduct an armed robbery or open fire in a tightly packed area, then what would the citizens do to protect themselves? If you take the right to bear arms away from citizens who are willing to follow the law, how will they protect themselves from the people who aren’t willing? Furthermore, Americans bearing arms responsibly isn’t the main problem, statistically, gun deaths by murder are considerably less than gun deaths by suicide. 60% of all gun deaths were suicide, which resolves the opposing argument that Americans with guns in public are the reason why gun deaths are so high. Personally, once I am of age, I will make the choice to attain my concealed carry permit. Walking alone at night is a concern for every single woman in America, and having a firearm with you increases the chances that if attacked, you will survive. The media has slandered gun-toting Americans to make them look like redneck monsters who are uneducated enough to feel the need to carry a firearm. However, these same gun-toting Americans may be causing a safer society. An article in the WYFF news states that “According to the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Statistics, as gun ownership has increased, gun-related homicides have dropped”. The argument that Americans with concealed carry permits are just trigger happy and bloodthirsty, can be dispelled by the fact that “GOA also said that: “Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8 percent of the time, a citizen kills or wounds his/her attacker”. The unpopular fact is that guns carried by Americans in public are proven to prevent and/or deescalate a situation in which someone could cause a lot more damage if not stopped.

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  • Noah from Kentucky

    The 2nd amendment states that people have the right to bear arms with a carry and conceal permit and cannot bear arms in public areas or in their car or in their purse or backpack. People should be able to bear arms in public because, if more people were able to bear arms in public it will reduce the amount of gun violence in the state and that if people were able to bear arms in public they will be able to defend themselves in situations regarding their own well being. Finally if people were able to bear arms in public then people will have more time to defend themselves and reduce gun violence around the world.

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  • Derrick from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe United States citizens should be able to bear arms in public. The reason I believe this is because of protection, and safety from the dangers that might come. As time goes on we see more and more happening with gun violence and violence in general. If we cannot feel safe out in public or in our own homes, then we can’t feel safe anywhere. And if that’s the case then the guns themselves are not the problem but instead the people are. There already is a long and secure way to obtain a concealed carry but the violence still goes on. We see problems with people who have a concealed carry in situations like road rage and unnecessary uses of a gun. In that case I believe one of the solutions that may work is instead focusing on the background checks on people who have had problems, and see what we should look out for so that way we can fortify our process of obtaining a concealed carry.

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  • Mackenzie from Kentucky

    Americans have and deserve the right to bear arms in public. When the Constitution was written, one of the very first amendments created was the second amendment. Does that not show the vital importance of the right to bear arms? Not only does one of our very first amendments believe this, but so does the first United States President in history. George Washington stated, “A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” Now, there are limits that can be explored with the right to bear arms, but the guns of America should not be taken away. For instance, without the right to bear arms there wouldn’t be anything else like it to protect our citizens. A famous line says to never bring a knife to a gunfight. Yet, if the government takes away the right to bear arms then that is exactly what we are doing; setting our country up to fail.

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  • Daniel from Kentucky

    The 2nd Amendment says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Yes, I believe that Americans have the right to bear arms in public. We have the right to shoot someone in self-defense. If someone tries to hurt you with a knife and you pull out a gun, that person isn’t dumb enough to run after you. Examples of these scenarios are robberies, attacks, and rape. If you are able to prevent any of these because you have the right to carry a firearm on you then great! Just don’t go near government property with a firearm then you should be good. As long as you aren’t doing anything wrong then it is ok.

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  • Chip from Colorado

    The second amendment guarantees this. I do feel that if you purchase a gun, then you need to go through detailed lessons on how to properly handle the weapon. As for those who think stricter gun laws will prevent crime…just look at Chicago. Not going to happen.

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  • Peter from Kentucky

    Americans have the right to bear arms in public, with restrictions. Conceal carry in public is justifiably legal, and the second amendment guarantees the right to bear arms in one’s private property as well as public property (with respect to restrictions in public/private property like airports, stadiums, and anywhere that is authorized to search guests). Many make the argument that banning arms in public places outright will cease gun violence. However, this view is not realistic: in a perfect world, this would end gun violence, but the logical conclusion to an action like this is that gun violence would actually increase, because those who would commit violent actions with a firearm are not going to abide by a law restricting guns. Guns are so widespread in our society that simply seizing them from people would be difficult, as well as against the constitution, and would be a failure. Obviously there are terrible crimes and tragedies that result from gun violence. With school shootings and inner city violence, there is evidence for restricting guns. However, the solution is not banning guns in public, but is rather to increase the steps needed to be taken, as well as the intensity of the scrutiny of those wishing to purchase firearms. The second amendment is in place to guarantee safety for Americans, because the threat of others, as well as an (unlikely) overreaching government, are ever-present. Congress needs to step up and take action to protect Americans from gun violence, but the solution is not to take away guns in public, but rather intensely narrow down the population who purchases guns and certify their legitimacy

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  • Antonio from Kentucky

    Americans should be allowed to bear arms in public. Having a weapon can prevent places such as a convenience store from being robbed or small banks similar to ones in grocery stores. People with weapons in the appropriate place and at the right time can prevent or stop criminal activity. Armed civilians ensure the safety of the people around them. “Studies have found that those who use concealed weapons to deter a criminal are less likely to suffer injury than those unarmed during an attack. In another study, 40% of convicted felons admitted to being deterred by the possibility of a concealed weapon. Not allowing citizens to protect themselves with a concealed weapon is morally wrong, leading to needless death and a denial of the inherent right to self-defense” (Stearns). People should be allowed to be armed in general public places. Taking away the right to carry a weapon is the same as getting into a fight but you are not allowed to fight back. A gun in the hands of a good citizen has been proven to lower attempted robberies. Guns are also used in Self defense rather than just for the safety of others. Increasing restrictions and laws on Gun Control will not eliminate shootings and disputes. “Research has not linked more gun control with less violence. They suggest that reducing mass shootings requires local and cultural solutions, not national gun control (Malcolm).” Proven evidence has shown that gun ownership does not directly relate with increased crime. There are higher reports of murder in more densely populated areas such as urban areas but proportionately there are more gun owners within rural areas than urban areas.” (Malcolm). This goes to show that the more people in an area the higher the chance somebody does something irresponsible with a gun. Not allowing people to carry guns in public only increases the chances of a shooting or encounter with a gun because if a person is going to do something such as attack a public place they will only be more likely to do it because they know less people will be carrying weapons in public so they will know that they are safer. People who will do these terrible things will also not follow the laws. They will not decide not to do these actions just because they are not allowed to carry in public so these new laws will only affect law abiding citizens that could save the lives of people while criminals continue to break the laws. There have been multiple occurrences where the weapons used in shootings are illegal in the sense that the guns are unregistered or do not have a serial number because they were obtained illegally or stolen making the weapons harder to trace. If these people are going through all this trouble to obtain these weapons simply telling them that they are not allowed to carry them in public is not going to make them listen or start following the law then. Once they do decide to do something with these weapons that could harm people there will be nobody to stop them because the law-abiding citizens in the area will all be unarmed and law enforcement may not be close enough to do anything until it is too late

    Work Cited
    Malcolm, John G., and Jennifer A. Marshall. “Gun Control Won’t Prevent School Shootings.” School Safety, edited by Noah Berlatsky, Greenhaven Press, 2016. Opposing Viewpoints. Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints, link.gale.com/apps/doc/EJ3010981212/OVIC?u=cinc37305&sid=OVIC&xid=3ad0d3f9. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021. Originally published as “The Newtown Tragedy: Complex Causes Require Thoughtful Analysis and Responses,” http://www.heritage.org, 18 Jan. 2013.
    Stearns, Cliff. “Laws Permitting Concealed Weapons Ensure Public Safety.” Concealed Weapons, edited by Kacy Lovelace, Greenhaven Press, 2011. At Issue. Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints, link.gale.com/apps/doc/EJ3010788203/OVIC?u=cinc37305&sid=OVIC&xid=47a3f63f. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021. Originally published as “Concealed Carry Permits Are Life Savers,” Human Events, 26 Jan. 2009.

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  • Emily from Tennessee

    It’s in the constitution so that means YES. and you can’t change that fact. No matter how many people vote no. It’s a fact

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  • phil from Texas

    It is a 2nd amendment right for a reason. Every human being should have the right to defend themselves. Those who break the law would carry guns anyway. Why disarm law abiding citizens if those who wish to harm others will arm themselves no matter what the law says?

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  • Payton from Illinois

    I don’t believe that the second amendment should be completely ratified because I do agree if someone wants to get a gun, they will, and unfortunately it is hard to fully stop that from happening. Although I believe that if a person should carry a gun they should have to go through background checks, and have to be tested by a medical professional for any mental illnesses, even if they have been diagnosed prior. I also believe that they should have to attend a class to learn how to properly conceal and carry that weapon. This way, if people are in a situation where they need to use self defense, they can do so safely without harming themselves or possibly others. Right now it is too easy for someone to walk into a gun shop and receive the gun that day. By adding these restrictions it will help create a safer community for everyone. I also believe that no military grade weapons should be allowed for public use. Although some may argue that they should have the same type of weapons as the military to be able to rebel against the military, which would only end with half of our country dead. There are many ways to rebel against the government and that’s why we have the first amendment which protects our right to free speech, press, and petition. These are all non-violent ways to make a difference, without having to resort to guns to get what you want. If guns were free for all, many people would lose their sense of public safety. People already live in fear, and I couldn’t imagine our world if everyone owned an automatic weapon.

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  • Spencer Hermann from Missouri

    I think yes, but as long as it isn’t visible to the naked eye, and if they have a concealed carry permit then they should be able to

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  • Zayda from Illinois

    No, American citizens do not have a right to bear arms in public. Although the constitution (according to the second amendment) gives the right to bear arms, it says nothing about carrying one around in a public area. The second amendment was created to allow citizens to protect themselves from the government, not for people to carry their weapons in completely nonviolent situations. For example going shopping or taking their kids to the park. It makes no sense for someone to carry a weapon, like a gun, in those situations. And yes, if someone really wanted to carry a gun with them illegally, they will. But it’s a proven fact that outlawing guns will eventually decrease the amount of gun-related crimes in the country (ie. Australia’s 1996 National Firearms Agreement). The founding fathers could have never imagined the extent that guns would be brought to. They could have never expected that almost 40 thousand people would die from a gun each year. Some may argue that if everyone in a room had a gun, they would feel safer rather than one person having a gun. However what other people argue is that that one person who has a gun, is a trusted person. That person had to go through many background checks and be tested on mental state to make sure they aren’t unstable enough to hurt others or themselves. Guns in public areas only stir up fear and put many people on edge. It’s not a matter of keeping yourself feeling safe, it’s a matter of keeping everyone feeling safe in public places. While I agree that people should have the right to self defence, taking a weapon to a completely non-threatening place is unnecessary. Carrying around pepper spray or a panic alarm are some safe examples of ways to keep yourself safe. I have nothing against keeping a gun within the home for self defense but it’s a whole different story when out in public there’s lots of potential people to be hurt.

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  • Carley from Illinois

    No, Americans should and do not have the right to bear arms in public. Yes, us citizens are protected under the Second Amendment that allows us to obtain firearms and allow them to be used for self-protection, but this doesn’t mean this should be allowed wherever and whenever. Citizens are not allowed to just carry around with a firearm wherever. Yes there are many restrictions amongst a citizen’s right to bear arms such as, bear arms are illegal without a permit, you can’t carry if you are younger than 18, not allowed to obtain a firearm into certain buildings, can carry them in a vehicle with a permit, etc. But if individuals are starting to believe that they can carry one wherever, whenever, there should be more restrictions spread to the public. If firearms are allowed in public, many problems can arise from something like this. Casualties and numbers of incidents can increase insanely on the matter that people have the right to be armed with a weapon wherever they want. Untrained or under-practiced gun owners could be responsible for creating emergency situations much worse as well as just being out in public far more dangerous. Such as in certain circumstances, whether it be at a bar where there is drinking and many individuals under the influence, conversations could escalate quickly and gun owners could lose control and create situations that can turn even deadly. If firearms are easier to carry and obtain by any individual, then it’s easier to perform harm and danger almost anywhere. Although gun owners are given proper background checks and restricted amongst certain regulations, this doesn’t mean that anyone else could still hold and be accountable for obtaining a firearm especially in public. This should be more acknowledged amongst the public and help prevent serious incidents and provide better safety to our society.

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  • Cil from Illinois

    I believe that a right to bear arms in public creates more potential danger and even chaos than anything else; however, I am not saying that the right to bear arms should be taken away, because I do feel that a person should be able to own a gun. If this notion is confusing to you, think of this: it is not illegal to run around your house naked, however, it is illegal to run around public areas naked. This is because you are exposing people to things they do not wish to be exposed to. It is the same concept for guns; no person would feel very safe knowing someone at their local grocery store is carrying a gun in their bag – what if they bring it out and shoot them? In most cases, this would be one’s first thought, rather than “Well, if someone else comes in Target and tries to stab me, at least this person has a gun to shoot them”. In addition to creating worry amongst the public, allowing people to carry a gun in public increases the risk of mass shootings. If you think about it logically, the only way mass shootings occur is when someone brings a gun to public areas. Unless someone has 400 people inside their house, mass shootings can only occur in public places where many people are at once. That said, making guns illegal in public would tremendously reduce this risk. Overall, guns create more violence than protection. After all, why buy a gun to shoot the bad guy instead of prohibiting the bad guy from buying a gun in the first place?

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  • Jack from Illinois

    According to the constitution of the United States citizens do in fact have the right to possess and carry a firearm in public under certain circumstances, however I believe it shouldn’t be necessary for any person who isn’t a police officer to have a weapon in public. Many Americans believe it makes places safer when the ‘good guys’ have guns so they could protect the area from crime, however wouldn’t more people carrying more weapons only cause the chances of gun violence occurring to increase? We don’t know the nature of people around us and the sight of anyone openly carrying a gun who isn’t clearly a police officer can make people feel uneasy. People don’t inherently know if someone with a gun is a good guy or a bad guy, and I think in most cases people assume the ladder. The argument in our country over the second amendment causes lots of debate as some believe that the founding fathers couldn’t have figured that Americans everywhere would be allowed to legally carry military killing machines, because it makes them feel safer. The issue is it makes everybody else feel more uncomfortable. I wish the government would re analyze all this and see that more guns is never gonna be the solution. So I believe that even though it is technically legal in the United States for qualified individuals to carry a weapon in public, it’s incredibly unnecessary and I think these laws need reform. The gun violence in the US is already at a ridiculous point and i just want the government to understand that the production and sale of more weapons wont stop gun violence, it only fuels it.

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  • Kaylee from Pennsylvania

    It is dangerous for the carrier as well as other people in public. It can also be triggering for people to see guns unsolicited.

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  • Mia from Missouri

    No, Americans do not have the right to bear arms in public. This can be very dangerous and is unnecessary. According to scotusblog.com, “In Heller, the court held, for the first time, that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. But the court also made clear that the Second Amendment right is ‘not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose,'” Guns in the USA are easily accessible, and if anyone is able to walk around with a concealed gun, this could lead to more gun related attacks. Guns are fine for home protection, but they are unnecessary in public.

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  • ryley from Missouri

    No, Americans do not have the right to bear arms in public. Some may fight and say that this right can be found in the second amendment. But that is not entirely true. In the second amendment it can be seen that guns are allowed to be used for self-protection and as a self-defense mechanism when absolutely needed. Nowhere does it state that untrained carriers can flaunt there guns in a public setting. It is highly dangerous and very risky. The carrier may end up hurting themselves and other citizens.

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  • Maggie from Illinois

    Americans should not have the right to carry arms wherever they want in public. Carrying weapons around in public can lead to more danger. The second amendment protects the right for citizens to bear arms not for citizens to aimlessly hold weapons in public places. Guns in public areas stir up fear, chaos, and put many people on edge. According to scotusblog.com after the court case of Colombia v Heller the court made it clear that “The second amendment right is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” This proves that weapons should only be carried for self defense purposes and not randomly around in communal areas. Bearing arms in public places creates safety challenges for communities and can make people feel very afraid. Interpretation of the second amendment has become misconstrued and it’s meaning has become a bigger question in the modern era. The right to bear arms should be strictly self defense and these weapons should be kept in homes. We should protect the public by keeping weapons out public places.

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  • Elizabeth from Illinois

    I think the second amendment should not be completely ratified. This is because people that are eligible and wanting to own a gun should be able to. But, if they are not qualified to own a gun then they should not have a right to it. For example, if citizens have a criminal record or mental illness, they should not be given the chance to own a gun. Many gun accidents have occurred in the past. If a gun is stored in the home and someone that should not have access to it gets a hold of it, it can result in death. But, many gun violence situations result from people that have mental illness. Most mass shootings are a result of people that have major mental illness that feel the need to hurt or kill others. So, everyone that wants a gun should receive a mental illness observation to ensure that the gun is going to someone that does not want to hurt others. I understand the owning of a gun for self defense but is killing the person that is possibly hurting you really the best solution?

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  • Maggie from Missouri

    It is very unsafe for people to carry firearms in public. It’s one thing to have them at home to keep your family safe from an intruder, but bringing it out with you in public sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. The availability of firearms in the U.S. already creates national security and public safety problems, but it makes it easier for terrorists to attack. I understand that some people think it is against the Second Amendment, but sometimes things need to change so that it can be safer for the citizens.

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  • leigha from Missouri

    No, Americans do not have the right to bear arms in public. According to scotusblog.com, in the 2008 court case of District of Columbia v. Heller the supreme court ruled that the right to bear arms for defense is protected by the second amendment, but the right to bear arm in public wherever you want is not. In many places and areas it is illegal to carry guns. Whenever you walk into a store you will see a sign that has a gun with a large X on it, implicating no guns allowed in the store. Scotusblog.com also brings up a good point about the amount of mass shootings that have occured and how lax Americas gun laws really are. They mention that terrorists actually take advantage of the meek gun laws and concealable weapons. Why would you want the constitution to verify the eligibility to conceal and carry even more? More shootings? More deaths? If anything, the right to bear arms is TOO protected by America.

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  • cadence from Missouri

    i think that people should not have the right to bare arms in public because someone can just shoot someone but it would be safer for those people to protect themselves but no i don’t think that people need armed weapons in public because you are in the public if something happens to you someone would try to save you.

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  • Avery from Missouri

    No, Americans do not have the right to bear arms. It is not a right protected by the second amendment. According to the scotusblog about national threats opposed by concealed weapons, the accessibility of getting firearms is a serious concern and creates safety challenges. It is easy to take advantage of the fact that firearms are easily accessible. According to this same article, carrying firearms creates an increase in the possibility of terrorist attacks occuring.

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  • Ella from Virginia

    No, Americans do not have the right to bear arms in public. It is true that firearms are meant to be used for self-protection. However, this does not mean that untrained civilians should have the ability to carry dangerous weapons wherever they go. In situations of unexpected violence in public, law enforcement should be contacted. They are properly trained to handle these situations with the least amount of casualties. Untrained or under-practiced gun owners could potentially make an emergency situation far worse. It is not up to American civilians to decide that they are fit to be vigilantes. If Americans have the right to bear arms in public, it has the potential to make violent situations more likely. In certain circumstances, such as when individuals are drinking, disagreements can turn into physical fights. If the right to bear arms in public makes highly dangerous weapons easily available, these fights could quickly turn deadly. If firearms are easier to obtain and carry, then it is easier for those with harmful intentions to act on them. Firearms should only be allowed in public if the individual has proper training and reason to suspect that they may need to protect themselves or others. As firearms can easily be misused, all gun owners that wish to carry such weapons in public need to be physically and mentally fit to do so. There also must be a just cause. A simple trip into town does not require the possession of a firearm. If a citizen had to go through an area with a history of violence, then the possession of a violent weapon would be logical. The right to bear arms should be considered carefully and thoroughly, and only given in situations of necessity to properly trained individuals.

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  • Kenzy from Missouri

    No, They are not aloud to just carry whenever they want. There are specific rules in order to carry around. Bear arms is illegal without a permit. You also are not aloud to carry into federal buildings such as courts, or any building owned owned by federal governments. You also can not carry if you are younger than 18 years of age. Only handguns are allowed to be carried around if you have a permit and other guns with permits can’t be carried around without a proper purpose. Also can only carry if they are a member or discharged in the United States armed forces and if they aren’t prohibited from carrying a firearm. So, if i didn’t have a permit for a gun I wouldn’t carry it around or take it places with you. You are allowed to carry them in your vehicles if you have your permits with you.

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  • Delila from Florida

    Americans should not have the right to bear arms in public. The second amendment was written in the 1800’s, a society significantly different than american society today, and as the amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” By no means I am saying legal gun owners should have their guns taken away. However, people are walking around with firearms, and using them claiming they are a part of a militia. All 50 states prohibit private, unauthorized groups from engaging in activities reserved for trained state militias, like law enforcement, or even the military. We cannot 100% stop gun violence everywhere forever, but citizens should be able to go to the grocery store without being afraid that someone is going to pull out a gun and shoot them because they bumped carts in the produce aisle.

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    • Delila from Florida

      In addition, the amendment protects the right to bear arms for militia purpose (albeit trained militias organized by the state/country like law enforcement or national guard) when called upon. There is no wording in the document that grants everyday citizens, whom are not part of a legal/state militia to carry a gun in public.

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  • jack from New York

    Gun rights in the United States have been a hotly contested issue for many years now. Gun rights activists have had many wins across the board, but at this point in time, this demand is to grave to be deemed a constitutional right. The second amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. Asking to have the ability to carry a gun in public would be detrimental to the public safety of many communities across the nation. The supreme court is well known for agreeing that public safety must come before whatever right someone is claiming to have, for example, even as recent as this month many justices rejected cases where a person claimed their religious rights were ignored when it came to vaccine mandates. If an issue as controversial as that can get past the supreme court in the name of public safety, why would it stop at guns? The notion that the individual has a right to “self defense” was extremely recent, which many had noted had broken precedent when it came to how gun rights were to be treated. With Heller, so many americans have an easier access to obtaining and owning a gun, but where in the constitution does it say that those guns can be anywhere? The Supreme Court has given gun rights groups an abundant of rights that had not existed for years. How the NY Rifle association is challenging a 108 year old Law in hopes of more. New York is a state that for decades has been a populated area, including a very populated city, which is why the lawmakers back then could see why guns in such a close proximity were dangerous to their communities. As stated, the supreme court usually sides with the public safety in even the most controversial of debates. It would only make sense for that theme to be followed, and to decide the “right’ to carry a gun in public to not be constitutional.

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  • Olivia from Virginia

    No, American citizens do not have a right to bear arms in public. While the second amendment gives the right to bear arms, it does not provide for the ability to have one in public areas. Much like how the first amendment gives freedom of speech but not the freedom from consequences (ie yelling fire in a crowded theater), the second amendment does not give total permission to have a gun everywhere you go. The right to bear arms was given to protect citizens and guarantee they had access to defend themselves from a potentially tyrannical government, not to flaunt a weapon in everyday, completely nonviolent situations like in a grocery store. Public areas usually have strict rules against any weapon, firearm or otherwise. There is also little practical, genuine reason to need a firearm in public spaces. Most public areas have security that is trained to keep the public safe and the chance of a conflict where armed violence is necessary is exceptionally low, so there is no need for vigilantism. Additionally, there are several less disruptive or potentially dangerous ways to keep yourself safe if you do become threatened like pepper spray. While concealed carry, open carry, and other permits are allowed in several states and do give access to firearms in public, they are not inherent to the Bill of Rights and are decided by state and local authorities. They are also only granted after proving you can responsibly handle firearms, which keeps everyone safe as incorrectly handled firearms are potentially very dangerous (an improperly loaded gun with the safety off could cause severe harm if it were to go off in public, for example). Needing a permit to carry guns in public spaces is not taking away rights, it is a reasonable measure to keep public areas safe and does not infringe on the second amendment.

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  • lilly from Missouri

    No, Americans should not have the right to bear arms in public. Although the right to bear arms is a constitutional right the act of carrying a gun in public is highly illegal in most areas. For example the court case of US vs Lopez. This case involves bringing a gun to a school zone and the court ruled this unconstitutional and even led to laws restricting gun possession with the Gun-free zone act. Guns are an incredibly dangerous weapon that should have strict limits on use and on purchasing a firearm. Although tests have been put in place to buy a firearm the laws are not strict enough to ensure the safety of American people. Almost anyone over the age of 18 can easily obtain a firearm, and having that firearm on the street in public is only playing with fire. The argument is made that guns need to be carried in public for use of self-defense however there are much more less harmful methods of self-defense such as pepper spray or a taser.

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  • savannah from Kentucky

    No, Americans should not have the right to bear arms in public. Although the right to bear arms is a constitutional right the act of carrying a gun in public is highly illegal in most areas. For example the court case of US vs Lopez. This case involves bringing a gun to a school zone and the court ruled this unconstitutional and even led to laws restricting gun possession with the Gun-free zone act. Guns are an incredibly dangerous weapon that should have strict limits on use and on purchasing a firearm. Although tests have been put in place to buy a firearm the laws are not strict enough to ensure the safety of American people, almost anyone over the age of 18 can easily obtain a firearm, and having that firearm on the street in public is only playing with fire. The argument is made that guns need to be carried in public for use of self-defense however there are much more accessible less harmful methods of self-defense such as pepper spray. There is no sufficient reason to allow access to firearms in public and in no circumstance will it be necessary to reach for your firearm while in a Mcdonald’s drive-through.

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  • Ira from Tennessee

    The second amendment is one of the most debated and fought over amendments to our Constitution. The question at hand is whether the second amendment’s text applies to Americans’ right to bear arms in public. At the time of its writing, the Second Amendment was meant to ensure that state militias were well armed to keep a check on the federal government’s power. Many have wondered whether this amendment should apply to private citizens or whether this amendment was meant strictly for groups, such as the National Guard in today’s world. However, with the Constitution’s words being interpreted differently throughout different time periods, I believe this amendment was meant to protect citizens from the violent might of the federal government, should it try to oppress the people. In our time, the “arms” mentioned in the amendment are not just muskets: they are semi-automatic rifles with the capability to fire 40 rounds per minute, pistols with bullets able to pierce the strongest bulletproof vests. More importantly, modern day firearms killed 19,379 Americans in 2020. Out of that number, 611 mass shootings occurred, leading to 518 deaths. What is important to note is that these statistics for mass shootings only count for shootings in which more than 3 were killed- not all shootings that occured in public places. This raises the question: with the incredibly high incidence of mass shootings occurring in public spaces with arms owned by private citizens, where is the line drawn? The government must preserve each citizen’s freedom to live their lives without fear of violence, but must also ensure private citizens have the right to own arms. In my view, the government must put safety and security above second amendment rights. The Consitution was never meant to be a be-all end-all that has no room for interpretation or boundaries. We recognize that all humans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, unless your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness gets in the way of someone else, or threatens someone else. With the incidence of gun violence in this country, it is only reasonable the government restrict citizens’ public carrying of arms. In this way, Americans do not have the right to carry guns in public, because of the risk it poses to their fellow citizens. Regardless of whether the gun is licensed or not, it is too much of a risk, and is not a right.

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