In the midst of the intense debate about Americans’ right to carry a concealed weapon, both proponents and opponents of this measure can find many resources that can inform their views and decisions.
ProCon.org, a nonpartisan public charity dedicated to promoting critical thinking, created a website dedicated to this issue. It explores many of the arguments about the concealed carry debate and includes sources, images, videos, reader comments and a section of little known facts called "Did You Know?"
Supporters of concealed carry argue that criminals are less likely to attack if they believe the potential victim could be armed. They also cite the provisions of the Second Amendment and contend that most adults who legally carry a concealed handgun are law-abiding citizens.
Meanwhile, critics argue that increased gun ownership leads to more gun crime and that concealed handguns boost the chances of arguments becoming lethal, and increase the number of unintended gun injuries.
However, recent research conducted by David Burnett and Clayton Cramer, who track incidents of defensive gun use at TheArmedCitizen.com, found that concealed guns may in fact save lives.
The stories they documented include senior citizens fighting off robbers and women defending themselves against attackers, proving that armed citizens may prevent violent crimes at restaurants, grocery stores, banks or coffee houses.
"We’ve documented 2,160 stories of self-defense with guns since May 2007," said Burnett. "When it comes to concealed carry permits, we have 153 documented cases across 26 states with at least 550 lives saved."