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While most citizens are not concious of the fact it has been a proven defense in court cases across the country that the police are to act only as a general deterrent to benefit the community as a whole The police are not responsible for the protection of any single person from crime Department of Justice statistics reveal that the police can get to a crime-scene within 5 minutes only about 28 of the time And according to FBI estimations there is a violent crime committed somewhere in America every 22 seconds Im here to address the advantageous aspects of conceal-and-carry laws for firearms I will present the problems a lack of conceal-carry laws presents the causes to these problems and practical solutions to this hotly debated argument To understand the controversy surrounding conceal and carry laws one must realize the problems that arise from the lack of such laws To paraphrase the often clich adage if concealed weapons are outlawed only the outlaws will have concealed weapons There appears to be no reason to make carrying a concealed weapon illegal if criminals are already walking around with concealed guns But because of this lack of logic by law-makers innocent law-abiding people walk the streets next to and at the mercy of violent gun-toting criminals Another problem with infringing on peoples right to carry a concealed weapon is that it promotes high crime rates If these gun laws didnt work there wouldnt be such a dramatic fall in crimes once they were enacted According to John R Lott Jr professor at Chicago University author of More Guns Less Crime and co-author with David Mustard on Crime Deterrence and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns counties that enacted right-to-carry laws between 1977 and 1992 saw a 22 drop in robberies a 52 in rape 7 fall in aggravated assaults and a whopping 76 drop in murders When expanded to a rational number this would calculate to 1414
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