Life, Liberty, and the Right to Bear Arms

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.

 

3 Responses to “Life, Liberty, and the Right to Bear Arms”

  1. May 8, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Today, 49 states allow citizens to carry concealed weapons. Michigan's has been on the books for over a decade. When it passed, people predicted shoot-outs in the street and violence to escalate catastrophically. A couple questions: Has that occurred? Has violent crime gone up or down over the past decade? How many shoot-outs covered by local news involve CPL holders? Look it up. You will be surprised.

  2. May 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Today, 49 states allow citizens to carry concealed weapons. Michigan’s has been on the books for over a decade. When it passed, people predicted shoot-outs in the street and violence to escalate catastrophically. A couple questions: Has that occurred? Has violent crime gone up or down over the past decade? How many shoot-outs covered by local news involve CPL holders? Look it up. You will be surprised.

  3. May 12, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    I'm curious as to why you'd be worried about someone who has gone to the considerable effort to obtain a CPL having a pistol on them at a concert.

    Here is the MSP CPL faq page: http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1586_270

    I'm worried about the knuckle-heads who don't and won't follow the law.

    You seem to imagine that since it is currently illegal to carry a weapon inside Van Andel or on GRCC grounds that no one has one on them. Just because DK Security hasn't found one yet doesn't mean they aren't being brought into the venue.

    There is a reason, after all, that we call them criminals. They tend to scoff at the law. "Let's see. I'm willing to rob banks/rape/murder/etc, etc, etc – but no way will I hide a pistol in my coat pocket. That would be illegal!"