My family has never owned a firearm as long as I remember. So naturally, I tend to view firearms as an unnecessary and dangerous. However, I also understand that many people feel a sense of protection by carrying weapons. Besides, the second amendment in the U.S. Constitution gives us the “right to keep and bear arms,” right?
The topic of gun control, specifically the right to carry concealed weapons, seems to have invaded the news over the past month, starting when Colorado Courts struck down the University of Colorado’s ban on concealed weapons, which will allow students and faculty to carry firearms on campus.
Since this ruling, it seems that the issue of gun control has taken center stage in the political arena and has been a discussion point in Grand Rapids. The State Senate has been toying with the idea of passing a bill to allow concealed weapons in schools and other public locations. There has been a recent debate whether allowing concealed weapons at the Van Andel Arena is a constitutional right or not. Currently, many Grand Rapidians are voicing their opinions on Mlive.com on this issue.
While I don’t want to worry if someone is carrying a gun when I go to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, I want to continue to learn more about how gun control policies are impacting my community. I will be using the Gale Opposing Viewpoints database, since it addresses the many different perspectives on this topic. Additionally, the library has many books about gun control as well.