443 Comments

CNN Blog – March 29, 2012

The Trayvon Martin shooting has stirred up a lot of controversy around the country. One of those controversy’s has to do with hand guns and gun control in general. Currently only 3 states deny all citizens the right to carry a concealed (hidden) weapon on their body. The other 47 have varying laws which allow some people to carry a concealed hand gun on them with a certain permit.

Your Question

Considering the Trayvon Martin case in which a young teenager was killed by a citizen carrying a hand gun, do you believe citizens should be allowed to carry a hand gun on them?

If so, should there be any limitations?

If not, why should people not be allowed to?

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443 comments on “CNN Blog – March 29, 2012

  1. I don’t watch the tigers so I don’t have one.

  2. No, I don’t think that they should be aloud to carry a gun. That is way to risky because some people will take it the wrong way. So I don’t think we should be aloud too.

  3. I think people should be able to carry hand guns around if they have a permit or something to have it and go to a class for it. If they kill or shoot anyone for no reason there should be major consequences and get their gun and permit taken away.

  4. Citizens should be allowed to carry a firearm if they have a licence. A gun should only be used in self defense. There should be a few limitations for safety reasons, Getting a licence should be hard, involving mental exams and things to avoid another case like Trayvon Martin’s.

  5. i think that we should not be law t carry guns cause they don’t know what we are going to do with the guns they could kill someone and it could be cause of guns and i dont think that we have gun

  6. I think citizens should be allowed to carry a gun because there are a lot of situations out there. Also i think people should carry more than just a gun.

  7. Yes, I do think that you should be able to carry a hand gun with you at all times. But I don’t think that everyone should be allowed to. You should have to take a course and get a paper that says your allowed to carry a gun and why. But in this situation he should not have been able to do that, I think he should get arrested.

  8. I don’t think that citizens should be able to carry hand guns. Guns in the house is ok, because they are normally for show, hunting or protection. But if we let people start walking around carrying guns, then there could be even more shootings. I’d understand if you are being attacked or somebody else is pointing a gun at you. Learn how to fight for self defense or if you feel like someone is following you or if you are in trouble, you can call the police.

  9. no i DON’T think people should be able to carrier a gun on them because if a gun got it to the wrong hands that person who got that gun could possible kill people. went cant have a gun on us now and there is still shooting everyday if anything i think they should be more stricked about having guns

  10. Yes, i think citizens should be able to carry fire arms, but only if they have their license too. I think they should be able to have them for self defense. For me i wouldn’t mind carrying one. Its just some people abuse the weapons. #YOLO

  11. I think that anyone who has a concealed weapon license should be able to carry around guns.People should be able to have them for self defense but I don’t think everybody should be able to carry one.I think only people with a clean background and criminal record should be allowed to carry one.

    • Creo que cualquier persona que tenga una licencia de arma oculta debe ser capaz de llevar a todas partes guns.People debe ser capaz de tenerlos para la autodefensa, pero no creo que todo el mundo debería poder llevar a one.I creo que la gente sólo con un fondo limpio y los antecedentes penales deben ser autorizados a llevar uno.

  12. I think this needs to stop because the US Government has made”self-defense” a good thing now, and i think the person who killed this teen killed him on purpose but he just used the word”self-defense” as a thing to cover everything up. i think it’s a bad idea to bring guns on your body when you walk. It will be a lot better if we are allowed to use tasers, not guns. Tasers don’t kill, GUNS DO !!!! I would like to wish the boy’s family good luck on everything and may God be with them.

  13. I think that they shouldn’t be aloud to. I don’t think that this is right. I also think that there needs to be more laws.

  14. Trayvon Martin was a good man. I personally knew Trayvon and I called him Trey. Trey was just minding his own bidness until a fellow shot him down. Does putting a hoodie on make you a criminal? Trey didn’t steal anything or scare the man, he should be in jail. And that gets me to carrying a gun around. The person has the right to bare arms IN A HOME. Like Plaxico Burress, the person cannot be able to carry a gun and they should be jailed.
    #RIPTreyvon

  15. I think they should be able to carry hand guns because they want to have protection. also they should not be able to carry one if they are not going to use it in the way they are spots to be used. also i think they should have an permit to carry a gun around.

  16. I think people should be able to carry guns under certain conditions. By this, i don’t mean like only when it is raining, or only when its over 20 degrees, obviously. I think people need to go through a background check and certain other procedures. Now, this could already be in place. I wouldn’t know, as i don’t have a gun.

  17. I think that citizens should not be allowed to carry any guns for their protection let alone a hand gun. Innocent people get hurt when so many people are carrying hand guns with them. If you walk in an office building and every person who works there is there but one has a hand gun a lot of those people could get hurt or killed. A simple hand gun could do a lot of damage.

  18. i think people should be allowed to carry a hand gun.because it is to keep you and others safe.every1 with a hand gun goes out and shoot people. in some cases it is needed.

  19. I definitely think that citizens of the US should be aloud to carry hand guns. Permits and other restrictions help control how dangerous it is. Overall, it’s pretty safe. But, that gives the slight opportunity for the gun to get into the wrong hands, or be accidentally shot. The Trayvon Martin case is one example of what accidents could happen. It is dangerous, but not enough to eliminate carrying them around.

    • I respectfully disagree with you. I don’t think you should be able to carry a hand one or another weapon on you. I think it is a major safety issue and many people could be hurt or even killed for no reason.

  20. I think that people should be allowed to carry handguns. There are already laws in place that have set requirements for the ability to have a concealed weapons permit. If we were to stop people from having guns at all it would be unconstitutional and could not be done. I suppose you could make people do mental tests to see if they can handle having a gun with them. They could make them see a psychologist and complete personality tests. There is nothing to completely get rid of incidents like this. It is unfortunate that Treyvon died, but what are you going to do about it?
    #theendofwaterbuffalo

  21. People should be allowed to carry guns in self defense and they should have a license with them at all times when carrying the gun. People under 18 shouldn’t be allowed to carry guns. Just because one person was carrying a gun doesn’t mean nobody else should be allowed to. Murders and normal people are different things. Regular people would use a gun only when needed and in an extreme situation, whereas murders would most likely use a gun to of course, murder someone. I don’t know if it was a murder or self defense, but it sounds like this guy really did use his gun to murder this kid.

  22. I think that as long as they’re following state laws they should be able to carry weapons.

  23. I think that people should be aloud to carry hand guns. I think this because there are many purposes for them, but I think that people should only be allowed to have them if they have a license for them. I think this because people should be allowed to have them so that they can protect themselves. For that reason I think that people should be allowed to have them but there needs to be more limitations on them so that people don’t misuse them and so that other people don’t get injured or killed.

    • I agree that people should be aloud to have guns for self defense. I also agree that people should only be aloud to have a gun if they have a license. People should be aloud to have guns but there should be rules and regulations involved.

  24. yes i think that people should have the right to have a hand gun. they are a good source of protection and the constitution says that it is cool to have a gun but i think that heir have to be some standers to measure like alcohol and mental state.

  25. I think that citizens should be able to have a hand gun as long as a person has a concealed weapons licence and can prove that they have one. The thing with a concealed weapons licences is that there are already so many limitations. People need to be able to protect themselves and a lot people with hand guns don’t just go out and shoot people.

  26. I believe that people that live in bad neighborhoods should be able to carry a gun. But they need a background check to see their criminal records, and to see if they are affiliated with any gangs. Plus they would need to have a licence renewed every six months with another background check.

  27. I think that people should be aloud to carry hand guns. I think this because every one deserves to have a means to protect themselves. Though I think people should be aloud to have hand guns I also think that there should be some limitations. For instance every one that purchases a gun should have a permit and have some form of registration so the authorities know you have one and what not.

    • Yes everyone deserves to have a means of protection but the person with the gun could use it for the wrong reasons if they wanted to. Its protection for them but could be dangerous for the people around them.

  28. I think that people should be able to carry a concealed weapon just because of things that can happen. It is a good idea to carry on so if they are in trouble and they think that there life is endangered they should be able to us it.

  29. I think people should be able to carry around a hand gun, but is only for self defense purposes. If you go around shooting people then they should have a gun. The gun is only used for protection.

  30. Yes i think that citizens should be allowed to carry hand guns because it is for your protection. If they do ban handguns be allowed to be carried it will go bad. Peoples safety will change and a lot more people will be unprotected. Also i think they shouldn’t be allowed to carry one if they are going to use it for other reasons besides safety.

  31. I think it is right only if they have a permit though. People should be able to protect themselves even if that means a gun. Even though they could’ve gotten in a fight, he probably should not have killed him, maybe just hurt him.

  32. I do think that as a citizen of the U.S and with the second amendment , you should be allowed to own a gun. However people in order to buy a handgun in Michigan must first obtain there hand gun permit. If they further want to carry a gun in public they MUST have a concealed weapons permit. So i do not see the requirements , at least in Michigan, as being faulty but i see the person who pulled the trigger guilty. Just remember guns don’t kill people, People kill People.

  33. I don’t think that any citizen should be allowed to carry a gun with them all the time. I think the laws that we have now regarding guns are about as good as we can do. We already have enough crime, why give more people the chance to act like that as well?

  34. I think that people with their permits and licenses should be able to carry, only 21 and up can carry a weapon anyways so if they fell that it’s necessary to carry one they should have the rights.

  35. There should be only a specific type of citizen that should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon on them. The reason why I think that is because people could make a very dumb mistake and shoot someone who they thought was attacking them, but really, they wouldn’t. If they were to let any citizen carry a weapon, they should only use it when they are going to be attacked by someone, but not when they think someone was going to attack him, possibly like what a citizen did to Trayvon.

  36. if people have them or own them, they should have to need a licence, and have to go to a firing range with the police officers to say they are allowed to go get a get. they should have to stay at home, or in the car. they shouldn’t be able to carry them around.

  37. I think a person should be aloud to carry a hand gun if they have a permit. It is a good way to stay safe. It would be easy for a group of guys to come up and rob you or try to do harm to you and having a gun with you could help you stay safe. I think the limitations should be you have to have a permit with you at all times when you have the hand gun with you and if you use it for anything other then your safety you should be heavily charged for it and depending on what you used it for jail should be an option, for sure.

  38. I think it would be unconstitutional to tell someone that they don’t have the right to bear arms. But saying that I think that people that do have guns defiantly need a license and safety training before being able to handle the weapon. I think that people do have the right to carry a gun but only if they are fully trained with licenses.

  39. I do not think citizens should be able to carry a hand gun on them. I think that because it is dangerous for all the innocent by standers like Trayvon Martin. Someone could get made at another person for no reason, pull out their gun, and kill them for no reason at all. It is a safety issue for everyone around you. I think the only way you could have a weapon on you is if you are a police officer or you have a up to date permit on you at all times. Other than that is should not be allowed and
    I think the crime rate would go down a lot.

    • I respectfully disagree. I think that this wasn’t even an incident that was performed on purpose. Also, it is very unlikely for someone to walk up to you and shoot you… Things like permits really make sure that guns are in good hands.

  40. I think that people should not be able to carry a hand gun , no matter who it is . Because , a situation like this could happen . I think if a citizen does , they should have a license for it and if they don’t , then they would have consequences .This boy got shot for no reason, and that means anyone could be killed as well .

  41. I think people should be able to carry a gun with them on certain restrictions. I believe that they should not be able to carry them without some sort of license. They should only be allowed to carry a gun with them if it is showing. It would only be allowed a hand gun if it was up to me.

  42. I think that people should be allowed to carry handguns. Why would anyone blame the gun for killing Trayvon. If Zimmerman wouldn’t of had a gun then he would have found some other way to brutally attack Trayvon. I think that instead people should just not be stupid with guns

  43. I think people should be able to carry a gun on them. It is for their own protection as long as they have a licence. Just because someone made a really bad mistake like this doesn’t mean a whole new law should be made.

  44. Yes, citizens should be allowed to carry hand guns but only for self defense purposes. Sometimes that is the only way that you can save your life if you are being attacked. I think that they should need a permit for it and that the government should do a background check before they are aloud to buy a gun at all. I think the limitations should be that the gun can’t be powerful enough to kill the person you are protecting yourself from. Even though they are trying to harm you, doesn’t mean they should die.

    • What’s the point of carrying a gun that’s not that powerful? The person could still come after you. You’d be better off carrying a tazzer

  45. I think that people should not be able to just carry guns around for ‘safety’. Because people can do that, an innocent person died. You should only be allowed to use guns for hunting or keep them hidden and locked up inside your house in case of a break- in. But you should not just be able to walk the streets of cities with a gun in your pocket. That should be illegal.

  46. Yes they should in case of robbery or anything that gets them in harms way!! They need protection cuze the government doesn’t do that enough of that!!

  47. No I don;t think that citizens should be able to carry hand guns on them unless it is for hunting. It makes places a lot more dangerous and makes things like the Florida incident happen. I think that we should make a rule that to even buy a gun, like one for hunting, you must be out of college.

  48. I think that people shouldn’t be allowed access to any gun unless it is for hunting or they are in the army. That is the only main reason for guns so people don’t need to be carrying them around.So i think no average human should have access to a gun.

  49. I don’t think that they should be able to carry hand guns, because they are dangerous and if people can carry them they might use them on other people. They might use them for bad reasons, and I don’t even see a good reason to carry them around.

    • You mean shouldn’t? But yes they could use it to harm other people but it could also help the person if they were in a dangerous situation. Its like a win – win

    • I agree that they are dangerous. I mean there are more ways to protect yourself other than just guns.

  50. I think that people should be aloud to carry guns with them if they have a licence and they are 18 that way people who don’t know how to use a gun correctly don’t mistakenly shoot and injure or kill someone.

  51. It is sad when some one miss use a gun like that but being allowed to carry a gun is a right that we all have. But in order to get this right you must pass a test and if you are arrested then that right is taken away. besides this right is to keep the person safe and how are we to take their right for something that hasn’t happened yet if it well ever happen.

  52. No i don’t think that citizens should be able to carry around hand guns on them because stuff like that where teenagers die in that kind of situation is dangerous.

  53. they should be able to have one but they should have to tell the people around them that they have the gun. Go through a strict course and do it more than once. and they should also have to have a registration card

  54. I do think that people should be able to carry guns if they have a really good reason. I also think that they should warn people that threaten them that they have a gun.

  55. I think that people should be able to carry hand guns around with them for protection purposes. Having a gun on you could save your life in some situations. However, i think that in order to carry a gun around you cannot have any criminal records. If you are convicted of murder then you should be held accountable for it even if you have a permit to carry a gun.

  56. NO! i don’t think that any civilian can have a handgun! only professorial or people with permits! One person could go on a RAMPAGGGGGGGGEEEEEEE! so anyone 21 or older should might be able to.

  57. I think that Arizona has acceptable laws for carrying a handgun. I don’t know if Michigan has the same laws. The only reason that this is in question is because people use gun recklessly. Certain people will use a deadly weapon to kill others, that is up to the person, not the weapon he/she chooses to use. I feel like guns are to easily accessible.

  58. I do think people should be able to carry around guns for self defense purposes. In certain situations a gun is the only thing that may be able to save your life. On the other hand, I do not think people should because some people are crazy & like the killing in Florida, people could use it for the wrong purposes.

  59. Yes, you shod be able to carry a hand-gun. People shod carry them because you have the right to bare arms. All of the country shod have a gun as long as we have the right to.

  60. I think that citizens should be able to carry hand guns out in public because in some situations you would need a ranged weapon. But, it should only be used for self- defense if another person has a gun and was pointing it at you. Also, it should only limit to people who has never committed a crime in which involving a gun, melee weapon, and/ or murder.

  61. I don’t think that young Citizens should carry one. But ones that are like 15-18 can be able to. the boy go shot for no reason and this means other people could get shot too.. this needs to be stopped.

  62. Not just any citizen should be allowed to carry a gun. Only the ones with a licence should be allowed.

  63. they shouldn’t have a hand gun. they should have a taster gun its non Lesotho. why not paper spray. they should not be aloud carry guns around. they can just say it was in defend but they can lie about it.

  64. yes i think that every citizen can carry a firearm in they took a class and got there license. There are places you cant them like in a church or a school. I don’t think this law should change. I believe everyone should get there license to carry a firearm to be better protected.

  65. i think that people should be able to carry a hand gun if they are a certen age. the limitations would be that it would have to be in the car at all time.

  66. Yes i do think that citizens should be aloud to carry guns on them if they are licensed and use it properly, unlike the Trayvon martin case. citizens need to be able protect themselves if they do actually need to and if there is a dangerous situation.

  67. I think you should be able to have a gun on you if you have the license for it. But there should be a law that you can only use it as self defense. Like you can only use it if someone was shooting at you first. You shouldn’t just shoot someone because you think your in danger.

  68. I think that the U.S. would be a lot safer place if people were not allowed to carry guns. If no one was aloud to carry guns then mistakes like this one would not happen. Innocent people could be hurt or even killed even if they weren’t doing anything wrong. Also i think shootings wouldn’t be as common because it would be harder for the people to get the guns.

  69. Yes, I do think that they should be able to carry guns. It’s self defense. You do have the right to bare arms. They should of course have limitations on doing that though. They shouldn’t be able to have them inside public areas, such as stores or restaurants. I think they should have to carry them in their cars. There should be many limitations but I do think people should be able to carry guns.

  70. I think people should be allowed to carry guns but with a bit of training. They can be useful in dangerous situations.

  71. i think people should be able to have a gun because if they cant some people will still find a way to get a gun. And that wouldn’t be fair if they had a gun and another person couldn’t protect them and there family just because they followed the rules.

    Ball so hard Mr.Moore has a hat

  72. People should be able to carry guns. If someone is carrying a gun they need to have a gun license. There should be limitations on where you can carry a gun. There should be laws for who is able to have them and why. Guns should be used as self defense.

  73. I don’t think citizens should be able to carry around hand guns. It would be safer if they didn’t and these sorts of things wouldn’t be happening. In this case I think he shot him just because he was scared but Trayvon was doing nothing wrong. So to prevent this from happening they shouldn’t let citizens carry around hand guns.

  74. I believe that people older than 21 should be able to carry around a gun if they have a licence to. If they don’t then they should be fined a lot of money. Carrying around a gun like that is just ridiculous.

  75. I believe it is an American right to carry a weapon as long as they have a permit. Also each state should have guidelines for when you have your weapon, so that no one should feel uncomfortable around you. The weapon should only be needed to protect yourself or others from any harm.

  76. I think that citizens should be allowed to carry concealed weapons with them because there are too many bad people that can hurt you, you need protection. Even if its not allowed bad people are gonna do it anyways. You have to get a permit to to make it legal to hold a weapon on you, when you take the course they look on your record and if you have a bad record they wont let you get a permit.

  77. i think that citazins should be able to carry a gun around with them because in the state of texas they allow you to carry a gun with you for protection only.

  78. Yes i think they should be able to carry a gun on them because everybody with a gun isnt just gonna go around killing people and that would be affecting the bill of rights wich is the right to bear arms and guns provide a lot of protection to the american citizens and we dont want to take that away.

  79. I don’t think the people should be allowed to carry hand guns. I think every one would feel safer if no body carried a gun. In the Trayvon shooting, we don’t know if the shooter used his gun for self-defense, or just because. I think only police should be allowed to carry any kind of gun.

  80. This is a tough situation to make a decision on which side I would support, but I’d say yes, citizens should be able to. I say this because each U.S. has the right to bare arms, otherwise meaning, you should be able to defend yourself when you feel threatened. But a reason why I think U.S. citizens shouldn’t be able to carry a legal (hidden) gun on them is because some citizens can use them for the wrong reasons, or people can misfire them, and plus it’s can be a safety issue for many people.

  81. I think that it is fine to have a gun because of the Right to Bare Arms. I also believe that if people have a gun on them they should wear a t-shirt or something that says that they have a gun to warn other people. I think that this would make people aware that people have guns and can use them to protect themselves.

  82. Personally I believe students should not be allowed to carry a hand gun on them while in public because certain states are not allowed to. If everyone is just not allowed carrying handguns there would be no problem with shootings. Also problems that had already happened would not have occurred if handguns were prohibited everywhere. I think allowing hand guns is just making a bigger risk for everyone. Having no handguns for everyone will make the world safer, and if no one had a gun then their wouldn’t be any people that may be carring a gun that might shoot someone in the future.

  83. I think normal people should not be able to carry around a gun. i think they need to make getting a gun harder and defiantly limit the amount of people with guns. i think this case could of been prevented.

  84. I think that they should be able to have a gun for self defense, but I think that they need to go through a lot of training and safety lessons before they can have one on them legally. I think that it can save a person’s life if it is used for self defense, but if it is used to attack a person,they won’t ever be able to have a gun legally.

  85. I think they should be able to. As long as you go through the training to and know what you are doing it should be fine too. I know people that are able to carry a gun. Its for protection. People just shouldn’t be able to use it for no reason.

  86. Yes, citizens should be allowed to carry guns. It is our right to bear arms. However you should have to get a permit first before you can carry a gun.

  87. I still think people should be able to carry a concealed weapon. But, i think they should have to go and take a test once a year to make sure they’re still sane. I’m pretty sure the last person you want to have a gun is a mental person.

  88. I do think that citizens should be allowed to carry a handgun. But, I do think that there needs to be restrictions. You need to have some proof that the citizen is harming you before you fire.

  89. I do think that citizens should be able to carry handguns. I think that they if they were in a situation were they needed one, but couldn’t have one because of the government, would be stupid. Yes, I do think there should be limitations, to where it is safer and so people just don’t go shooting one another claiming it’s self defense.

    • I agree that they should be able to carry handguns because is they are attacked by someone with a weapon, then they can use the gun for self defense.

  90. Yes, I think that citizens should be able to carry a weapon after they got there license for it still. But i think you should not be allowed to use it unless if you life is actually in dangerous. It would be aloud if the other guy was holding you at gun point or holding a knife against you and some how had to defend yourself.

  91. I think that people should not be aloud to carry guns on them, for reasons exactly like this. Giving people the right to carry guns around, is practically handing someone the right to murder. Not everyone is bad, but there definitely are bad people out there. The government is just too trusting of people.

  92. No I don’t think citizens should be able to carry around hand guns. These things can cause many teenagers or people to get killed by murder. It can be very dangerous to carry around guns. Many probably wont trust others running around with guns even citizens.

  93. Citizens should not be able to carry a hand gun around with them. People could misuse the gun or they could use it for self defense. Hand guns should only be allowed on a person if it is for self defense.

  94. I feel being a competitive shooter I say that it is an right to carry a concealed firearm. And in this case i feel it was the persons fault not the right to carry fault he was the factor that killed the child not the gun.

  95. I think that you should be able to carry a gun on you but if you report something to the police you shouldnt go in after the person. you shouldnt use the gun unless you are hunting or defending yourself and you shouldnt go around asking for troble. i belive the man who killed the kid was going out and asking for troble and a excuse to use his gun.

  96. they should be able to carry guns. they should have some limitations while carrying guns. they would have to have proof and a good reason to use the weapon on someone or something.

  97. yes people would be aloud to have guns because if there defenseless they could be hurt or harmed by someone else there should be no restrictions other then not murdering people.

  98. I think that people should be allowed to carry hand guns with them but only for their protection. I think the restrictions would be at school and if you are under 18. If someone misused their gun, they should get jail time, and even after they got out of jail, they would not be allowed to have guns anymore.

  99. guns should be used as a defensive tool and well you should only be aloud to use one for defense and if you took gun safety.so yes i agree to allow guns but only if you follow those to reasons .

  100. I think that people should be allowed to carry concealed weapons with a permit. But they should only be allowed to use them in designated areas such as ranges, law enforcement is different though. And they should not have the weapon loaded.

  101. I believe that people should be able to carry handguns. But I also believe there should be limitations on who is able to carry guns. People with a history of jail time or other things should not be able to carry handguns for example. So there should be restrictions on people carrying hand guns. It’s people’s right to be able to defend themselves and carry firearms.

  102. citizens should not be aloud to carry guns with them because someone innocent could get killed like did. they should also not be aloud to inflict deadly force on someone if they get scared.

  103. I think that we would be much safer if citizens couldn’t carry a gun or weapon around. Most people wouldn’t use it against someone but there is always a case. I also think that the he should have limitations. He abused the right to carry a weapon and i think he shouldn’t be allowed.

  104. I don’t think that citizens should be able to carry around a hand gun. Everyone who does should also have a license to do so. If we have less people carrying a gun we could have less shootings like the Trayvon Martin case.

  105. People should be allowed to have handguns but only if they have a license and it should be restricted to only their homes. This will limit accidents happening like this more often.

  106. People should be allowed to carry a weapon for their own safety if they live in areas like Detroit, but there should be very high penalties in situations like this. However, people need to get a full psychiatric work-up before they are allowed to take possession of it.

  107. Yes I think that that citizens should be able to carry a weapon with them but they need to have a criminal background check every few months to make sure there not gonna be safe with the firearm but it violates our 2nd amendment the right to bare arms. So yes citizens with CCW’s should be able to carry a weapon with them.

  108. I do think that citizens should have the right to carry a concealed weapon with them as long as they have a permit but I also think that they should have a background check to determine whether or not the weapon is in safe hands. If they have a bad record, they should not be able to carry a weapon. I don’t think that the law should be completely outlawed because in some bad areas, people need protection. Als0, making a law against carrying guns isn’t going to stop those with murder in mind.

  109. I do believe that citizens should be able to carry hand guns on them for protection. but people need to take a gun safety course in order to carry a gun. The reason for that is people that pass the gun safety course know how to safely use them.

  110. Just they idea that the man that killed Trayvon got away with it, even if it was “defense”, is still extremely upsetting and unfair. I think that no one should be able to have a hand gun on them unless they have a license, and even then I dont think they should use it unless they are trying to protect themselves and their home. Having one on them is an endangerment to them and people around them.

  111. I do not think citizens should not be able to carry a hand gun because they could walk around killing people. They also should not be able to carry guns because they could rob a store or a home and kill innocent people like Trayvon. Its dangerous for citizens to carry hand guns so they shouldn’t be able to.

  112. I think that citizens should be able to carry a weapon after they got there license for it still. But i think you should not be allowed to use it unless if you life is actually in dangerous like a guy has a knife and he is threatening to kill you or a situation like that.

  113. By the second amendment legally we are allowed to carry weapons on us but that doesn’t make it right to do. I think that its not okay to carry guns because then stuff like this happens and people call self-defense when shooting a teenager. I think that we shouldn’t be allowed to carry firearms on us at all because of there are so many deaths all ready happening, this just adds on to it when you give some random person a license and they buy a gun and use it inappropriately. Also I think that the person who shot Trayvon Martin should be behind bars and not out free because ice tea and skittles can’t kill anyone.

  114. I think that yes, citizens should be aloud to carry a handgun with them IF they have there license for it or whatever, which there is a certain age limit for that and you can use it for self defense if you were in any situation where you would need to.

  115. yes they should be able to have a gun. But they should have very strict limitations on control and distributing of them. It is for self defense, and that all it should be for.

  116. I think that citizens should have the right to carry a hidden weapon. Its like saying that we are not allowed to protect our selves at all. They should keep the law that says almost any person who has a permit is able to handle a gun even if it is in a public area. If they use the gun wrong like shooting someone not out of self defense then they should have that right suspended.

  117. I think it shouldn’t be aloud for people to carry handguns because it could lead to violence and thieving and there are many other ways to defend your self without a gun. People should of realized this when the boy was killed because a many was “defending” himself and killed the boy. i think the only reason why a handgun should be legal is when there is some sort of war going on or there is a dangerous animal on the lose.

  118. I believe that people should be allowed to carry a weapon, but only for self defense and nothing more. I think that they should also be of a certain age. But I also think it depends on where you live. Certain places, yes absolutely you should be able to but other places not really. But I think some people may use that privilege the wrong way if they had he chance.

  119. I think that a citizen having a gun on them is okay. People should be able to carry guns because if someone is threatening your life you should be able to have self defense. The bad guys are already not going to listen to a rule/law that states they can’t have a gun, I think the good guys should be able to have one too.

  120. No its to dangerous. People can kill people and then say it was self defense. I think they should have a license for a gun if there going to have one but i don’t really think anyone should have one.

  121. yes i think that had a right to have that gun we all do and if his story is true he should not be put in jail if that is what was needid to be done to keep him self from giting in harms why then he had ever right to do what he did i also do not like how people dont like when people caery guns it is what sets us apart i think that we should all ways be able to do that

  122. I do not think citizens should be caring guns around. because its very dangerous and many others could get very hurt. This boy got shot for no reason and i don’t think he should have got shot.I can that when he was walking around he was wearing his hood up but that should still give no right for that guy to shot the teenager. If people are going to carry around guns they should at least have a licence to keep one on them.

  123. I do believe that any US citizen should be able to carry a side arm as long as people can see it if it is concealed they should still have to take a class and if they commit a crime using such a weapon the police should be able to take the weapon as evidence. I think that the basic laws should be in place still for crimes in which that person(s) comite should not be able to own any kind of gun. And if the case of Trayvon there are still two sides to the story. Another side that CNN hasn’t discussed is that locals so Trayvan bulling some younger kids and that he looked violent so i don’t think that anyone should lose a gun over something like this.

  124. I think that in certain circumstances people should be able to carry guns, because there are cities that are dangerous and if someone goes after you and they have a weapon than you should have a weapon,too.But if you live in a safe environment I don’t see the point in owning a gun.I also think that if you do own a gun and you use it against someone I would make sure that you actually see a weapon on them before you start shooting.I think that;s what happened in Trayvon’s case, the other guy thought he had a weapon but didn’t actually see and shot him thinking he was a suspicious character.

  125. \I think that citizens should be allowed to carry a hand gun with some limitations. People should have to have a gun license to carry a gun around. That way we wont have random people shooting on the streets. Also if you abuse your gun and have random shootings you should have you gun licence taken away. You should also have fines and maybe jail time if you miss use your gun.

  126. I do think its okay to carry a hand gun but only for protection. In order to carry one i think that you should have to have a special permit. if somebody is coming at you with a weapon you should be able to protect yourself.

  127. People shouldn’t be able to carry hand guns because that is how people like Trayvon Martin get killed. I think that people should be able to have them at their house for protection but they shouldn’t be able to be carried around with people all the time. If they fell that they would get hurt if they are out in public and that is why they carry a hand gun then they could replace a hand gun with pepper spray or something so then they can get away and get help but they should be able to carry a gun.

  128. I don’t think that people should be able to carry guns around. I think this because many people can possible get hurt by a person carrying a gun. Also if you allow anyone to have a gun, they could easily use that gun in a bad way. Such as shooting someone for no real reason, such as Trayvon Martin’s case.

  129. No, I don’t think citizens should be allowed to carry guns. Guns are very dangerous and can go wrong at anytime. The guy that killed Trayvon should also be going to jail because he committed murder. He accused Trayvon of something he didn’t do and his shooter said he “looked suspicious”. I think that someone who would be carrying a gun would be a suspicious person. Also, guns can unpredictable because it could accidentally go off when you didn’t mean to and then you could give yourself a very serious injury.

  130. Yes, they should be allowed to have a concealed weapon but i think they should have to take a course or a class to be able to carry around a weapon. If they didn’t criminals would have an easier chance of killing people when he is usually the only one that will have a gun. Also, people would buy them from the black market which would make everything worse.

  131. I think that people should be allowed to keep a concealed hand gun. It will prove useful if you get jumped because all you have to do it show the gun. The second you pull it out of its holster you are in trouble. It is also important to put restrictions on the guns like you can only use it if you are in a life or death situation. You cant abuse the power of the gun either. I also think that you should keep the guns away from people who are mentally unstable because many things can go wrong. I think that the age limit is very useful also because if you have teens with guns then you get lots of fights but when you put it in the hands of an adult they know better than to use it for no reason. It would be helpful if everyone took a class every year to make sure they know what they are doing.

  132. No, I do not think that people should be able to carry around a gun with them wherever they go. If everyone carries around guns it may cause others to get hurt that don’t even deserve it, it was an accident and that may start up a whole fight and then cause many more lives to be taken away. Also just because you carry around a gun doesn’t mean you know how to fully properly use it and that may be a disadvantage for you as for everyone around you. I don’t think its a good idea to be able to carry around guns.

  133. I think that people on their neighborhood watch should not be allowed to carry around guns. I mean its called “watch” for a reason and you don’t need a gun to watch things/ people. ” Lastly it could be used in a situation like the one that happened in Florida and put a innocent boys life in danger.

  134. I think they should be able to. The only way the should be able to use this is if they are physically being harmed. The person carrying the weapon should give a verbal warning, and then if they don’t go away they should give them a final warning. Then after two warnings, you should be able to WOUND the person.

  135. No, definatly not because that is so dangerous and you can hurt a lot of innocent people that you don’t know and you’ll go to jail. People carrying a gun on them around public are the kind of people who are going through a lot and the kind of people who wants to take their anger out on someone else. Or maybe they just are carrying a gun with them in public, let me tell you what that is very dangerous and don’t hurt other people that you don’t or do know because you’ll end up getting hurt too.

  136. Any law abiding citizen should be allowed to own and carry a handgun. To carry a concealed weapon, you need your CPL, which you receive after taking a class and proving you’re able to and worthy of carrying a hidden hand gun. People with violent crimes on their record shouldn’t be allowed. Unfortunately, if somebody really wants to have a handgun, they’re going to buy one, illegally, and carry it, illegally. Criminals are law breakers, they’re going to break gun laws. If you take guns away from normal citizens then they can’t defend themselves against
    law-breaking gun carriers.

  137. I think that they should be able to own a weapon. But they shouldn’t be able to have it on them. I think that because the people that you are letting carry a gun could use it for bad things.

  138. I don’t think that anybody should be carrying a gun, teenagers are carrying guns and are probably getting in trouble for it. I believe that only adults are aloud to carry guns if they have a licence. I also believe that if teenagers are using a gun it should be for hunting or learning to use a gun.

    • I agree Shelby, I don’t think that people (teenagers) should be carrying a gun around with them in public. It’s dangerous and very unsafe.

    • Yeah I think that the adult who have a licence but even at that they really shouldn’t need to carry one.

  139. i think that if you have the right permit and you meet all the standerds
    of the federal goverment them you should be able to carry a weapon but it should not be semi autmomatic. and another thing is that there is a time
    and a place to carry a gun.

  140. I do not think that citizens should not be carrying guns. It causes to much trouble and is very dangerous. Incidents like the Trayvon Martin case can happen again. The only time you can carry a gun is if you are a police officer or you have a license.

    • It is also important to keep yourself safe and you cant do that if you don’t have a concealed weapon. You don’t have to use your weapon to keep safe all you have to do is lift up the bottom of your pant leg if you hid your gun there but don’t pull it out of the gun holster or else you can get charged.

  141. i think that they should be aloud to only carry one if they have a permit, only if they have a permit.

  142. i say yes because well its the thing if the person actually has a license for the handgun or any type of gun. But only for emergencies and some just for hunting. So it all depends if they have a permit or a license. Or they don’t its illegal.

  143. I thing that citizens should be able to carry a hand gun as long as they use it just for self defense if something bad happens. In some cases I think that they shouldn’t be able to carry hand guns. There should be many limitations to carrying a hand gun. For example only using it for emergencies and not for gang fighting and things like that. Another example would be getting revenge on someone who didn’t even do anything to you in the first place.

  144. I personally do not think we should be able to carry a handgun no matter what the situation…Its scary and sad’what happened to Trayvon, but that doesn’t mean its gonna happen everywhere. I think we should stick to our laws that we have because guns are scary enough and in a situation like Trayvon it can get messy.

  145. I believe that in order to own a gun you would have to take a test and and a class for gun safety. If that person violates the law and murders or injures anyone, then that person should get their gun and license taken away and be thrown in jail for murder or assault. People should be able to own guns but show that they won’t do anything that breaks the law.

  146. You should be able to carry a gun around because if random people are being shot, then there should be a self defense rule. if there is not, then maybe more people will be getting hurt. If they carry guns though, then maybe they willl all kill each other.

  147. I think that citizens should be able to carry guns on them but only if they have the license to. They should be able to carry it but they can’t take it out of anything only if they’re in serious danger. Certain people shouldn’t be allowed to carry a gun, especially if they have been in prison or jail before so before giving some one a license for it they should check their records.

  148. No because people can get hurt if a gun is discharged with improbable cause and this boy Trayvon martin is a perfect example of what can happen. their is a gun law however and i think that there should be more limits on what the conditions are to have a gun.

  149. Yes, I believe people should be able to carry guns on them. To carry first off you have to go through courses and have your carry licence along with a gun permit to have the gun. Many people carry for protection for themselves, which is the main reason people carry in the first place. There should not be any limitations because if you had a gun, you would feel safe.

  150. I think anyone should have the right to carry a gun legally because if someone wanted to carry a gun enough they could still get their hands on one. The only problem I have with everyone carrying a gun are the people who would use them with bad intentions. But still, I think people would feel safer carrying one and others would think twice about doing something harmful to another.

  151. I think that people should be able to carry a gun with them. They should have to have a specific license for it though. And they should be careful with it.

  152. I dot think citizens should be not be aloud to carry hand guns because many other people could be killed, or seriously injured.

  153. No I don’t think that people should be allowed to carry a gun unless they are a cop or something else. If people didn’t carry guns then there wouldn’t be as many shooting rates.

  154. I think if you have a licence and the gun is licensed and in your name you should be able to carry it. I also think that if you feel threatened you find someone safe or somewhere safe to go before firing but if there is no way MAKE sure YOUR NOT in danger then fire. But also just wound them not kill them.

  155. yes people that have taken the class and get 100% on it. they need to have a good reason to use it and not just because some one was walking through your neighbor hood

  156. In all honestly, regardless of how “reb” your trying to feel, the US would be a safer place without people having concealed weapons. But the problem with that is that a law is not going to stop the kind of person who would point blank murder some one with a concealed weapon from doing so. And making them illegal will just make for a greater sale of them on the black market. Which is bad for two reasons
    A: A person that obviously is a criminal because he illegally came into possession of a weapon has a device that can be used to kill people
    and B: The sale of products on the black market is terrible for the economy which you might not think of as a very big deal but recall prohibition and much of a problem that turned out to be.

  157. well i do think people should be able to carry guns the reason for this is some people have ccw and that the only way people should be able to carry gun. but i the this situation was not right at all this neighborhood watch guy had a reason to kill this kid and should be put away for good.

  158. Yes people should have the right to carry a gun with them for self deference because if there are no police near you the only person protecting you is yourself. However a license should be earned to have the ability to carry a handgun with you in public.

  159. yes citizens should have the right to protect themselves with lethal force. however people that take their neighborhood watch to seriously shouldn’t be able to shoot a teenage boy and get away with it because he felt “threatened”. in all reality its ridiculous that a full grown man couldn’t take a teenager attacking him UNARMED!

  160. i do think that a citizen should be able to carry a hand gun, but related to the incident with the shooting in Florida i don’t think they should be able to shoot someone who looks suspicious. i think this because, if the shooter doesn’t have any proof if that person is stealing something then they shouldn’t shoot them. they should just ask them what they are doing and see their response. i also think that citizens should be able to carry hand guns because, if someone robs a bank then they could be there to stop them until the police come. also there could be another situation like at a convince store, or a gas station.

  161. I think that considering the second amendment and having the possession of a CPL, a citizen may carry a firearm. That doesn’t mean that the citizen should be though. If you discharge a firearm, whether you hit them or not, you can be tried attempted murder. In the Trayvon Martin incident, this security guard doesn’t even sound qualified to be in a position to possess a weapon, because he failed to listen to his superior’s orders and stand down.

  162. Considering the Trayvon Martin case in which a young teenager was killed by a citizen carrying a hand gun, do you believe citizens should be allowed to carry a hand gun on them?

    If so, should there be any limitations?

    If not, why should people not be allowed to?

    Absolutely YES! As of right now you have to be 26 to qualify for a concealed weapons permit, That also means you need to take a test to get it. Having ownership of such a permit means you must carry it 24/7 when being armed. You can not take it into places such as schools and Hospitals. Alot of people carry them and are very important, This idiotic individual should not be the case that determines that carrying a concealed weapon is legal or not.

  163. No, i don’t think that citizens should be able to carry around hand guns. Its not safe and things like teenagers getting killed by those situations. I also think that if people are carrying around a gun they should have a license. Just to keep people safe and not in danger.

  164. No, I don’t think that just anyone should be able to carry a gun around with them. I don’t think a law passed would be a good idea because you never know what the intentions of the person with the gun has. I think that we should all be allowed to have them in our homes for protection, but it’s different to be able to carry them around at all times. There would be a lot more shootings and crime if anyone could carry a weapon.

  165. I believe you must have a license to carry a hand gun. And even if you have a license to carry a hand gun, you should maintain a clean record to keep that privilege. A concealed weapons permit should be mandatory to carry a pistol.

  166. I believe that we should have some way to protect us. we have the right to carry a gun that right needs to be protected.

  167. I think people SHOULD be able to carry around guns. Its for self protection. Not everyone is stupid enough to kill a 17 year old. If they have permits and if they don’t have a criminal record i don’t see the harm in it. And they better have a good reason for firing it if they did.

  168. I do not think people should have a hand gun on them unless they are Licences to have a weapon on the like a gun. I do not think that it is right for people with out a licence to have a gun because the can put a lot of people in danger with it and as you see on t.v. shows if they have a gun on them and don’t have a licence for it they get arrested for it so my answer is not for regular people. And if people get into a fight they could pull there gun out and just shot someone and if someone feels in danger they should call the police instead of just shooting someone. If someone gets attacked they should diffidently use defense. I just don’t think it is right period for someone with out a licence to be having a gun on them or a job that does not require a gun i just think this world. But i do not think Martin should have got killed all he did was go to the store and by a Arizona Tea and a bag of Skittles how suspicious could he have looked ? But i honestly do not think Martin attacked him and he should not have died…

  169. 100%, i do think that a civilian should be able to own a gun. for SELF DEFENSE, that case in Florida, that wasn’t self defense. that was a racist watch patrol, killing someone and then covering it up by lying and saying that it was “self defense”. gorge zimmerman should of never been able to legally own a gun. this is whats wrong with this country, its racist. trust me, if that kid was white, he would still be alive right now. so yeah, you defiantly be able to own a gun but it you shouldnt just brutally kill another man.

  170. I think people should be able to have a gun with them. Because if they don’t they are putting themselves on a very risky spot. Like if, someone with another gun comes out with one and points it at you, you can’t tell me that you would just stand there & be like oh yeah go ahead shoot me. You could pull out your gun and shoot them, then i think that would be necessary. But if they do wanna carry around a gun, you have to only use it only if you HAVE too. Like in this case, i don’t think that Trayvon should of been shot. That guy could of like wrestled him or something, shooting him was not the thing he needed to do. If the person carrying a gun with them has one, then they should have a license for it.

    • If anybody can carry a gun, don’t you think that it would be easier for criminals to have possession of weapons because more people would have them?

  171. I think that anyone who has a permit for a licensed concealed weapon should be able to carry a handgun on their person. I think that the legal law for getting the permit to own the weapon should be a lot stricter. A concealed weapon is a persons right to own, i don’t think we should take that right should be taken away from anyone. I know people get shot once in a while for having a concealed weapon on their person, but that doesn’t mean we can just take them away from people.

  172. Yes, any citizen should be able to carry a gun, as long as they have their permit. We have right to bear arms. They can’t take that away from citizens, because it’s the 2nd amendment.

  173. i think that citizens should be able to carry hand guns. but you should have to have a concealed firearms weapon license. also you should not have a concealed firearms license if you have a criminal record. you should only be able to pull gun on someone if you are in direct danger.

  174. I think people should be able to carry a handgun but they first have to take a class
    to get a Concealed Guns license that allows you to carry a handgun in certain places. This is for protection purposes ONLY. But in this case of the florida murder i think is outrageous and ridiculous, because no kid should get killed by another man without the other person getting in trouble. This case makes me mad because i teen died without the other guy doing the time.

  175. I believe students should not be allowed to carry a hand gun on them because certain states are not allowed to. If everyone is just not allowed carrying handguns there would be no problem with shootings. Also problems that had already happened would not have occurred if handguns were prohibited everywhere. I think allowing hand guns is just making a bigger risk for everyone. Having no handguns for everyone will make the world safer.

    • I don’t think students should be able to either but licensed adults should be just for the fact of self-defense and nothing else

  176. I don’t think just anyone should be able to carry a hand gun. People make dumb decisions and don’t deserve the right to have one. If they have a criminal record, then they absolutely should not be able to. I think they should have to be registered or have a license to be able to own a hand gun. No one should just be able to walk into a store and buy a hand gun because they could do anything with it. I think limiting the sales of hand guns would also help eliminate some crimes.

  177. I think that everyone should have the right to own a gun, but I think that there should be an extra requirement for the permit. I think that the people who own guns should be of a certain intelligence so that the people walking around with guns are of sound mind and mental health.

  178. i think citizens should only be able to carry guns with rubber bullets in them because real bullets are a danger. If the gun with Travon had rubber bullets it would have been fine that the guy shot him since he wouldn’t have DIED.

  179. I believe citizens should have the right to carry firearms on them at all times. First of all it is the second amendment in the Bill of rights and constitution allowing all citizens to bear arms. I don’t think there should be any limitations on where you should be able to carry a weapon because if you couldn’t carry it in a store, do you think that a criminal would abide that law they could just go in with a gun and kill people who are obeying the law against not carrying firearms which they could have protected themselves with.

  180. I think that people should be able to carry hand guns in case something bed really happens. But i do think it should be hard to get a handgun. Like people carrying a handgun should go through a long class and have their background checked. Also a mental test should be carried out to see if the person is crazy or not.

    • Although, if they are allowed and some people are not, this may lead to a problem because they have the access to their hand gun. Although I like your idea of having their background checked and what not if they were able to carry one.

  181. Considering the Trayvon Martin case in which a young teenager was killed by a citizen carrying a hand gun, do you believe citizens should be allowed to carry a hand gun on them? Yes.

    If so, should there be any limitations?
    Yes, to an extent. I think the stand your ground law should be revised but not completely eliminated. Protection is needed because no matter how much we want to sugar coat it, there are dangerous people, there will always be dangerous people. At any rate I think maybe they should make it a little more difficult for stupid people to get a concealed weapons permit.

  182. I think that concealed weapons should be allowed, as long as the person is not a felon and has their CCW. they also should because isn’t the second amendment right to bare arms.

  183. I do think that citizens should be able to carry a gun. but they cant have it just because, and they shouldn’t go around shooting people and say but i’m allowed to. that would not be the point in this, the point is to be able to defend yourself.

  184. I think people should have access to guns if they need them, but it should be harder to acquire guns and ammunition and there should be a stricter license requirement. I think the only reason you should have hand guns is for true self defense. Guns are a dangerous weapon that people need to take seriously so that they don’t hurt anyone else. The risk of just anyone going in and getting a gun is too great because they might not know what they’re doing or unable to understand what the weapon is capable of.

  185. I don’t think just any citizen should be able to carry a gun. I the that if the citizen can get a Concealed weapons permit they should be able to. But i don’t think you should just give any random person a gun.

  186. i think that the shooting was unacceptable because the teenager wasn’t even doing any thing. i do think that people can be able and have a gun on them when they go out but there should be restricts like that they can not drink when their carrying a gun in public.

  187. Yes, i believe that all Americans have the right to carry guns with them so that they can protect themselves for whatever dangers they may face. There’s an amendment that states that citizens have the right to bear arms for self defense. People to day need to have a concealed weapons permit to be able to carry a gun on themselves.

  188. i think special citizens should be allowed to and only have self defense bullets that only create a wound to stall the attacker not kill them. the people allowed to carry the guns should be well known and trusted. the guns should be kept in a safe place and people can have hand guns just not walking down the street with one. it seems unfair that some people have them but it will ultimately save trouble.

  189. I do believe that students should carry a hand gun on them but only if they have some sort of evidence on them stating they have the right to have it. If they have that right i believe there should only be a certain amount of when they can use it, for insistence, if they know for a fact someone is about to hurt them.

  190. Citizens should be able to carry a hand gun but their should be more regulations in place like an insanity test. I personally don’t care if some one has a concealed weapon as long as they keep it to them selves and don’t put others in danger. I think George Zimmerman should go to jail because I think he’s story is very cloudy and I just don’t think he’s telling the truth.

  191. yes i believe citizens should be able to carry a hand gun on them because if you go to Detroit or flint somewhere violent you should have a way to defend you self. especially if your the head of the neighbor hood watch program. they should not be aloud to just carry it anywhere though only places where there is a high crime rate

  192. I strongly think that people should be able to carry guns, they already are allowed to you don’t need any permit the permit is for concealed weapons but it is still legal to openly carry a weapon, the government dose not express this enough but the law has never been challenged because it is so old. We have a constitutional right to have a weapon and be able to carry it.

  193. I personally don’t think this is a good idea. I feel that if more people were armed with weapons, more people would feel like they’re in danger. Only professionals or Army members should carry guns with them. The only thing that would be positive from this would be if someone came up and mugged/attacked you, then you could use self-defense.

    • You just outlined why innocent, law abiding citizens should be able to carry weapons. If you outlaw them from doing it, only the people who break the law will have weapons, a distinct advantage for them.

  194. Yes, citizens should have the right to have a gun. Being able to carry a gun in in the Constitution under the 2nd amendment. Its called “the right to bare arms”. There is some laws and regulations on it though. Like you have to get a license to be able to the license is called a “counselled weapons permit”.

  195. I think that yes a citizen should be able to carry a concealed weapon on them. It’s one of their constitutional rights to be able to bare arms. And in Florida, one of the biggest problems with this case is that they have a law in place that if a citizen feels threatened by another citizen, they can take action in self defense. This is making it so that Zimmerman could shoot Trayvon, even if he didn’t feel threatened by the young man. People should be able to carry weapons, specially if they live in rough areas or cities like Detroit, Miami, New York City, or Los Angeles. It could maybe be the difference between life and death for them.

  196. I believe that normal people should be able to carry a handgun, but i also believe that they should have a licence to carry it. But if you are a criminal, or have gone to jail, then i don’t think you should be able to carry one.

  197. I don’t think people should carry a gun around with them. Yes, there is a right to bare arms, but the guns should stay at your house. There are other things that you could use to protect yourself.

  198. i believe that the people who can have a gun needs a license.The reason i say this is that because the people have their own right to bare arms.But the people who misuse this are just putting stress on their own backs and their family’s.

  199. I dont think everyone should be able to have a hand gun with them at all times, but i think there should be limits for some people to be able to have them with them.

  200. Why would it be a smart idea in the first place to let anyone just carry a gun around. Things like this would happen a lot more often. People don’t need weapons or anything as long as they don’t hunt or use the guns what they are supposed to be used for. There is no use for guns in the city. There for it would be pointless to allow people to carry guns with in a town or a city.

  201. citizens should be able to carry a concealed weapon on the,. This self defense law is a good one. You only have one life and what are we supposed to do, let somebody take it away and just stand there. This goes against what this country was founded on. if you think that you cant carry a weapon in america, you truly don’t believe in freedom and aren’t a true american

  202. I think they should be able to carry a gun on them but have limitations like needing a gun licenses to carry one and also have a contract saying you can’t use it unless your using it in self defense. Other wise I don’t think just any citizen should be allowed to carry a gun on them for no reason.

  203. I think citizens should be allowed to carry handguns with limitations. The point of carrying a gun is for self-defense. With that in mind, to be able to own one, the owner should take a gun-safety class and every gun needs to be registered. Otherwise, a normal person should not have a gun in their possession.

  204. Yes, i think that U.S Citizens should be able to carry handguns. There are many cases besides this one where a handgun has saved a persons life. It is unfortunate what happen to Trayvon Martin because the police don’t have enough evidence to decide whether or not it was self-defense but that doesn’t mean they should take away the right to carry handguns.

    • i agree completely with your statement of the times a gun has saved lives but, i also think we could work with peeper spray or stun guns.

  205. Weapons should only be used for self defense and also hunting. If you wish to carry a self defense device, you should also have to have a license for that gun and also proof that you bought it.

  206. Your Question

    Considering the Trayvon Martin case in which a young teenager was killed by a citizen carrying a hand gun, do you believe citizens should be allowed to carry a hand gun on them?

    If so, should there be any limitations?

    If not, why should people not be allowed to?

    I think they should be able to for protection. I feel that they should have to take a class and such. They shouldn’t be able to have it out in public unless in huge danger. They should be able to have it on them but in a sling and out of sight unless used for protection. In this case I feel no adult should be using a fire arm on a teenager though.

  207. Yes, i believe citizens of the United States should be able to carry a hand gun on them. However, this gun should only be able to be used in a serious situation for self defense. The gun should also have to be registered and the gun holder should have a permit and what not. If the gun was used in any other way besides self defense the person who violated the “law” should be charged and have possible jail time.

    • I agree. It should need to be registered and have to take classes and such to learn the proper way to handle a gun.

    • I completely agree with this. However, I think that if people knew that more and more people carried a weapon around with them, they would feel like they’re in danger.

  208. yes i do think citizens should still be able to conceal carry weapons, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. There are already many restrictions on carrying a handgun, maybe more background checks could be done, but i don’t how much more can be done.

  209. yes, i think you should be allowed to carry a gun if you have training for it and a permit saying that you can carry guns around.

  210. I think citizens should be able to carry handguns. It’s for self defense. I don’t think there should be any limitations. Just no carrying assault rifles or shotguns. Those are too dangerous.

  211. Yes, citizens of the United States should absolutely be able to own a gun. The second amendment in the Bill of Rights even states that citizens have the right to bare arms. Now that means they can own a gun and keep it in their house and stuff like that. Should just any citizen be able to carry a concealed pistol, or any gun of that matter? Definitely not. There are immature people, criminals, and people that just shouldn’t be carrying a gun on them. However, there already is a law that states that. You can not carry a concealed handgun without your Concealed Pistol License (CPL). I think things should just stay how they are. The right to bare arms but not to conceal a weapon. With that, things may get better. Also, if you hire a security guard or neighborhood watchmen, I think they should run multiple background checks, before handing them any sort of weapon for the job.

  212. yes i think if they have a cpl there allowed to carry a pistol but if they don’t they shouldn’t have a gun. The american right says the right to bear arms.

  213. I don’t think that just regular people should be able to carry a handgun. I think you need to have a licence to carry one. I also don’t think you should be able to if you have a criminal record. But if you have a license, then you could.

  214. I think that people should be able to carry hand guns as long as they have a concealed weapons license. This “self defense” case is hard to find out evidence because there is only one witness, and that witness is the accused……so that sucks….

  215. I do not think there should be limitations on citizens carrying a hand gun because if you need it for self defense, you should be able to use it. It should also be common sense for someone to know when it’s okay to use a gun for self defense. You shouldn’t just pull it out whenever you feel like it, or to show it off.

  216. I think that we should be able to carry because it is are american right. if we didn’t have cpl license we would have allot more crime and the government would then take are rifles away too. if that happened everyone would fight the government.

  217. Citizens should be allowed to carry guns, but only with a licence such as a concealed pistol license. But only properly trained and trustworthy people should be allowed to carry guns, because people like Zimmerman could shoot someone in self defense when he could have easily knocked him out or wound, but not kill the kid, but he should have followed his orders in the first place and not followed the kid. Carrying a gun should be allowed, but only if the people pass a more refined test to be allowed to carry a gun.

  218. I do think people should be able to carry firearms. Not being able to carry a firearm would violate the second amendment in the Bill of Rights. I do think there should be some restrictions to gun ownership. If there is no control over guns it could easily be used for criminal purposes. People who have committed a violent crime should not be allowed to carry a firearm, because they are more likely to commit a crime again. I think permits need to be given for people to carry a weapon, but people still should be able to carry a weapon.

  219. I SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO ARM BEARS!!!!!!!

  220. The Trayvon Martin case in which a young teenager was killed by a citizen carrying a hand gun has cause the press and many Americans to go hey wire. we should not assume that he did it in self-defense or that he was racist because we honestly just don’t know. I do believe citizens should be allowed to carry a hand gun on them because it would not be fair to just take away weapons from people if that’s the only thing they have for self defense. If limitations become added on, they should include: only hand guns in public, and they should answer any questions police have if approached.

  221. no not considering what happened to Trayvon Martian i don’t think people should carry a gun on them. more people could get hurt for doing nothing.

  222. I SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO ARM BEARS!!

  223. I don’t think that they should be allowed to carry a hand gun on them. When a person carries a gun on them they are not only endangering themselves but the people around them. Even if that person has a permit for the gun i still don’t think that they should be able to carry it around were ever they want.

  224. Yes i think it is ok for citizens to carry a gun on them, it is the second amendment to be able to carry a gun on you.

  225. I think people are allowed to carry weapons, with a licence that is, it lets you in the constitution, but one shouldn’t be able to go up tho someone and say “ahhh. you’re assaulting me” and shoot them with an AK. No witnesses around, that’s exactly what could happen. A person could act in “self defense”. I don’t know what kinds of limitations there should be, but there needs to be some sort.

  226. I think that concealed weapons should be allowed, as long as the person is not a felon and has their CCW. If people are not allowed to carry guns, than crime rate would sky rocket. The reason that robbery is controlled is that the criminal has that slight fear that the person they are attacking could have a gun. Without this fear, what is going to stop them? Yes, there are cops, but they can’t be everywhere all the time. A second reason that concealed weapons should be allowed is because a person needs to be able to defend themselves if a dangerous situation occurs. Many women have been saved from rape, robbery, or death because they could pull out their sidearm and defend themselves. I think that the only limitations should be when you are getting the permit, that you must not have committed any serious crimes.

  227. I believe that we should be able to carry guns. But another law states that you have to be equal in self-defense. This means if someone attacks you using their fist, you can’t shoot them you have to use your fist. You can’t just pull out a gun in front of an unarmed person planning to shoot them for any reason like if it is self-defense.

  228. No, because some people may use the gun for like robberies or things like that. I think that there is a law on carrying a gun around. If people have a license to carry a gun, they should keep it away unless there was any type of harm that would happen to citizens around them like robberies.

  229. I do believe citizens should have the right to carry firearms on them at all times. First of all it is the second amendment in the Bill of rights and constitution allowing all citizens to bear arms. I don’t think there should be any limitations on where you should be able to carry a weapon because if you couldn’t carry in lets say a mall , do you think that a criminal would abide that law they could just go in with a gun and kill people who are obeying the law against not carrying firearms which they could have protected themselves with.

  230. I don’t think people should be allowed to carry a hand gun with them. The right to own one is unquestionable, but I don’t think it’s safe if anyone walking in the streets could have a handgun under their jacket. even if you don’t make it illegal to carry a hand gun with you every where you go, you should still have limitations on the places you bring it.

  231. I don’t think anyone should feel the need to have to carry around a hand gun but I think people should be allowed to. However, there should be limitations that would prevent shootings like this. Such as making sure they have a license and don’t have a criminal history.

  232. I think that you shouldn’t be able to carry a handgun. A lot of people use guns for other use.example trayvon martin. He got shot for no reason.This is why i think we shouldn’t be able to carry handguns.nothing good comes out of it.

  233. I think that the laws they have in place are good and i believe that anyone can carry a hand gun as long as they meet their states recruitment for owning a hand gun. Most of the time the people that use hand guns use them legally and they don’t due anything bad with them. Normal the people that due bad things with guns are owning them iigaly so the people that are during the right thing shouldn’t be punished for things other bad people due.

  234. Yes, I think people should be able to carry a gun. I think that if people have a permit, or license to carry a gun, and know how to use it, then should be allowed to carry one with them. There should also be more limitations as to where you can take the gun, if you have one.

  235. I think that people should be able to have access to personal handguns with certain circumstances. There should be laws concerning who is able to have them and why. I think this because guns are used as self defense and a lot of people keep them in their homes if they don’t live in a safe area. In other cases like the Trayvon Martin one, innocent people end up getting hurt, but i believe that all comes back to the laws for the area.

  236. Unless they have a something in writing that says there aloud to but they should only use it for defense and they should take a class so they know how to properly use one.

  237. It violates the second amendment to have a law saying you cannot have a weapon. But i think its a good idea to have everyone carry because then no one would rob anyone or try to harm them if they know the other person has a weapon. But on that note if you have a weapon the person should get a concealed weapons permit allowing them to carry and not get in trouble with their weapon.

  238. i believe people should be able to carry hand guns with their specific permits. some people could cause many problems with carrying handguns and other civilians could get hurt.

  239. It’s perfectly fine for someone to carry a handgun or weapon for defense on them. But, for defense only. If the shooting of Trayvon Martin really was a defensive move, the shooter may have thought that’s what he had to do. I really doubt a teenager could’ve done something so offensive he had to get shot for it, so yes, I think there should be some limitations.

  240. I believe that citizens who have the right training and a valid permit should be allowed to carry a hand gun. I don’t think that everyone should be able to carry a gun because not everyone knows how to handle it properly. If people carry a gun on them then there should be a few restrictive rules. If people don’t have a reason to have a gun then they just shouldn’t get one but if they are getting one for self defense then then should know how and when to use it.

  241. yes i think that they should carry a hand gun on them because no one really knows enough evidence to say that the shooting wasn’t in self defense but if it was than what would he have done if the guy wasn’t carrying a gun. A lot of people carry guns in case of those situation so i think that the limitations are that if your not sure about someone than just try to get away from that person but if they do end up following you than there is a problem and if anyone was to threaten to kill you i think that you should have the right to carry a gun.

  242. Considering the Trayvon Martin case in which a young teenager was killed by a citizen carrying a hand gun, do you believe citizens should be allowed to carry a hand gun on them?

    If so, should there be any limitations?

    If not, why should people not be allowed to?

    I DO NOT think that citizens should be allowed to carry ANY type of weapon on their person because of this case. They shouldn’t be allowed to because what if some one feels threatened? they are going to use the weapon! what if the person that the weapon was used on was Innocent? it’s NOT fair! I realize thaqt this is the the second amendment in the U.S. Constitution of “the right to bear arms” but I do not think it is fair still.

  243. I believe that citizens should be able to carry a gun with them. People aren’t exactly the greatest nowadays and you need some sort of protection from them. And one less guy on the streets that hurts people for a living is not a bad thing. I think that they should just have limitations on how you get a permit to carry a gun around. Like you have to be a certain age and have a certain amount of experience. They should do this because you don’t want a four year old carrying around a .44 magnum.

    • Good points. They already do have limitations on age, so don’t worry, there won’t be any four year olds with guns. Also, they do make you pass a test that tests your safety, knowledge, and shooting skills. It is a harder class to pass, so they are ensuring civilians safety.

  244. I think that all states should allow the possession of concealed handguns, but it should not be without strict limits. I think a permit should be necessary, and the classes to get the permit should be made important. I also think that concealed handguns should be prohibited in certain public places, like schools or places of worship.

    • I agree, I like the idea of only being able to take concealed handguns to certain areas. It would help to prevent a lot of dangerous situations.

  245. I think citizens should be allowed to keep handguns in their homes, but they shouldn’t be allowed to carry handguns on their person. I think handguns should only be used as protection in their own homes, and don’t belong outside. If someone is worried about themselves being in danger, they could carry mace or pepper spray. Handguns would just endanger the public even more, especially if someone is allowed to use their gun in “self-defense.” What’s to say people aren’t lying about it being self-defense, just to get off the hook?

  246. I think that people should be able to carry a hand gun but there should be a lot of limitations. I think that this case proves you need to have limitations because with a gun things can get out of hand quick. It should be limited to when and why you use it.

  247. I think he should be able to carry a handgun anywhere he goes. Also I don’t think there should be any limitations. There are also reasons why people should not be able to carry a handgun around there town. One reason is if the gun accidentily fires you might lose a foot.

  248. I think you can have a handgun and shouldn’t have any limitations as long as you have a license for it and its registered. When my uncle has to work sometimes near Detroit he carries a gun because he has to drive through a bad area and doesn’t know what will happen. You just cant pull out a gun and shoot as many people as you want. If it was for self defense then its okay but if not then there is nothing you can really do about that guy owning a gun.

  249. Yes I think people should be able to carry a handgun BUT they should have to have a permit. The second amendment says right to bear arms, but if Trayvon attacked Zimmerman with his fists then Zimmerman isn’t allowed to use a gun in self defense. He must attack with equal or lesser force.

  250. I still think that people should be able to carry hand guns on them, just with limitations. People should have to pass a course on gun handling and learn when it is a acceptable time to use their weapon. However if the person does take action on another person and shoots them they should not shoot to kill just to wound them until police arrive. If someone does kill another out of self defense the court should look at all the evidence and see if it was a reasonable time to use lethal force.

  251. i think citesens should be allowed to carry hand guns because there are times when you actually need to carry a hand gun but one idiot had to go and kill most lickley an innocent kid. and the limitations should be getting rid of the stand your ground law because i don’t want this to happen again and i dint think anyone does.

  252. I do think that people without a criminal background should be able to carry concealed firearms. I think that because people need to be able to defend themselves from burglars and other criminals, because those criminals can find other ways to get guns, without them being registered. If you take away peoples right to bear arms, you are going against the constitution. Also, if criminals knew that people had the right to carry guns, they might be less tempted to rob someone for fear of getting shot.

  253. I believe that citizens should be able to carry a hand gun for protection, but they should need to call the police no matter what, and report what has happened. Reports such as why the pulled their gun, if it was fired, and what injuries were inflicted upon each of the people involved.

    • I agree that they must call the police and report the details if something happens. It brings more evidence to the case.

  254. Yes i think they should be allowed to. they should have to carry a permit or warrant saying they are allowed to though. Because that way if a cop stops them they have proof that they didn’t steal the gun they had it and have the right to carry it around. Because if i lived where these people do, after hearing about this shooting i defiinatley would want to carry a gun.

  255. I do not think that any citizen that wants to could own a gun. They need to have a very good reason why they should have a gun under their name. I also think that they should not be able to bring it out of their house unless their is a really good reason and they have a license. Just carrying a gun around anywhere is very dangerous and just because you get a little scared doesn’t mean you should pull the trigger. I do not think regular citizens should be able to carry a gun.

  256. I think that they should be able to carry a firearm. That is exactly why states allow their citizens to carry them. To carry a firearm legally you must apply, and not be a felon. It is our constitutional right to bear arms. To take away that right would violate the constitution.

  257. i don’t believe that people should be able to carry around and just start shooting people they feel threatened by. This needs to be limited to only if it is a emergency to pull a gun on someone and shoot them. If they are not brutally hurting you there is no reason at all to shoot someone who you don’t know. I think that is right and i believe the state of Florida needs to create better limitations.

  258. I think citizens should still be able to carry a handgun. It is their right to, I think this whole shooting was a big misunderstanding. The restrictions for handguns is good enough, the licence for concealed weapons is fair. Anyone should still be able to carry a gun. People need to be able to defend themselves.

  259. I think people should be able to carry a handgun on them in public if they have a permit. But they should have limits on when they can use it and such. If they don’t have limits they could shoot someone and say they attacked them or something. Only if they have a permit they should be allowed to have one in public places.

  260. i think people should be able to carry a handgun on them because they need to be able to protect themselves if they want to. the downside to having the luxury of a firearm for protection is that there is allways someone to abuse the power. in this case it was the martin shooting i think people should still be able to get guns but make it harder to get one

  261. No, I don’t believe that citizens should be able to carry a hand gun everywhere they go. I understand that they might want them for self defense, but if they’re being attacked the attacker might not deserve to be killed. Also, there could be a misunderstanding and they could accidentally kill an innocent person.

  262. i do believe they should be able to carry wepons its a way of protection

  263. Of course someone should be able to carry one on them. What if it came down to a situation when you needed a gun but didn’t have it on you to protect yourself? People still need to know when it’s the right time to use the gun and not just flash it all over the place. Limitations should be placed on them because If everyone had a gun on them a lot of people would die for something as small as bumping in to you.

  264. yes, to the upmost extent yes people should be able to carry a gun. if you make guns illegal, then only criminals shall have them. and no, if you have the appropriated permit then you should be able to carry any weapon you so please.

  265. yes we as Americans should be able to carry hand guns and it says right in the bill of rights that we have the right to bear arms.In most states we have to get a permit that states you have the right to carry a hand gun. just because this guy is stupid doesn’t mean the rest of the population in america are idiots. there are some rules like if you have a record of a crime with a gun you are not granted a permit. we should have the right to defend our self’s if we are attacked.

  266. I think there should be limitations for other peoples safety and well-being. The reason is because you should get in trobuble if your shoot someone in a normal fight. If someone breaks into your house you should have all right to do what you have to do to keep you family safe.

  267. I think citizens should be able to carry around a hand gun. They can use it for self defense if someone were to attack them, they could use it to protect them self. They should also need a special permit to use the gun and if they were not to use the gun properly, they could get that gun taken away from them. That’s why I think citizens should be able to use a hand gun.

  268. I think that they should for their safety but should have certain restrictions and permits. I think that everyone that has no link with any terrorist groups, gangs, etc. should be allowed.

  269. i think that should be able to carry a gun but they should have to have a licence and they also should have to have limitations on the size and on the type of gun that they are using they also should have a reason to have on and one more thing is that they should have to have a class on when you can have it out or when you shoot it.This way people cant say that they don’t know about it.

  270. I think if they really feel carrying a hand gun makes them feel more safe they can have it. If they carry a gun i think they should only use it if its an emergency. They should never use it in a situation like this. If people really think they need to carry a gun they should have to a class to make they allowed to carry one. I think its sad because the officer told him he didn’t have to follow him and he didn’t listen. If it wasn’t for this law saying that people can carry hand guns, Trayvon would not be dead.

  271. i think its horrible that the neighborhood watch person shot a teen doing nothing wrong and the story that the kid was following him is just a cover up he was supposed to be protecting the neighborhood not being a danger

  272. I think t hat citizens should be able to carry a hang gun with them. i just think that there should be a lot more limitations on what they can do with that. i don’t think that they should be able to shoot and kill someone. i think that the only people who can have a gun should be the old army solderer or retired police officers

  273. No, I don’t think any citizen should be able to carry a hand gun, or any gun at all outside of one used for hunting. Cases like this show that not anyone can be trusted with one, how do you know what the person will do with the gun? The only people allowed to carry guns should be trained professionals such as police officers.

    • But if you don’t allow people to carry guns, who is going to obey those laws? The law abiding, good citizen, who most likely won’t be shooting innocent people.

      Will criminals abide by the law? Probably not, because they are criminals. Aren’t gun laws actually making innocent law abiding citizens less safe?

  274. I think that people should be able to carry guns on them. If you by a hand gun you have to have a CCW which is a pistol permit. I think that if people are defending themselves they should use non lethal bullets.

  275. People should DEFINITELY be allowed to carry a Concealed Weapon as long as they have their Permits. People however should only be allowed to carry a gun if they have no criminal record involving violence, and have not used a weapon in a negative way before. People need self-defense and a concealed weapon is the answer to this. I think all states should allow concealed weapons so that people in danger can defend themselves. New York is one state that is not part of the act stating a person can carry a concealed weapon on them. I think that they should allow that.

  276. I think citizens should be able to carry a gun but you have to have a permit to have the gun but you shouldn’t just be able to have a gun just to have it. But instead of just having to buy the permit i think it should be a lot harder to get. You shouldn’t be able to buy a permit and say alright you can carry a gun. Before they can even get a permit you should have to get your record checked out and see if they have ever done anything bad.

  277. I don’t think citizens can carry hand guns on them. Just look at what happened to Trayvon Martin, he is only 17 and was killed because apparently he attack a man and the man shot him. Now Trayvon’s family is devastated and they can’t get him back. If citizens were aloud to carry hand guns around there would be a lot more tragic stories like this.

  278. i do believe that citizens should have the right to carry a hand gun. I think their should be dome limitations, things like if a weapon is pulled on you then you have the right to use it but if it is just a fist fight then you should not be able to use the gun because know one deserves to die over a fight.

  279. I think only police should be able to carry a concealed weapon, not people like neighborhood watchmen and other people like that. If what George says is true, that Treyvon “attacked” him, then he should have called police and waited for them to deal with the situation, instead of taking matters into his own hands and ending up killing someone because of it.

  280. yes they should be able to carry a hand gun for self defense. but the dodo that shout him should go to jail because he did obey the cop.

  281. I think that there should be and limitation the reason is that I bet that kid was just walking down the road and that man that shot him thought he was a dangerous person when he wasn’t. That man should have gave it time to see were he went. There should be a law or A new rule saying that they should wait and see what the person does before he/she kills the other person.

  282. I think that people with certain permits should only be able to carry hand guns. Like a police officer or certain ranks of the military. Or other people that have to deal with dangerous people.

  283. yes i think that people should be aloud to carry hand guns. They should only be able to use them if they are being attacked by some one that has a hand gun or other type of weapon with the intent to do bodily harm.

  284. I think its perfectly fine to carry a hang gun for self defense but as long there’s some rule’s like you can’t take in any public places restrooms stores and you can only use when you are being attacked those are the only rules that i would have.

  285. Yes a citizen should be allowed to carry a gun on them it is a right as a human. But they should have limitations first they need to go to classes for the gun and learn about it for a time period. They should have to carry a permit with them at all time and learn how to use the gun in a safe manner in order to keep the rest of the people safe.

  286. I think people should be allowed to carry a hand gun around. But the only way they can is if they a have a special permit. Also if they use it inappropriately they should be faced with hard consequences.

  287. i think a citizen should be able to carry a handgun on them. i would think they would have to go through alot of safety training and gun management training but i think they could have one. yes, there should be some limitations. you can only use it if you are in extreme danger and cant do anything else. and they must have it in a holster and gun must always be on safety just in case something happens

  288. I think people with a certain permit should be allowed to carry a gun, but the permit should be a harder thing to get. Police would need to look in their criminal records and see if the person has done anything wrong. There should be another permit for hunting that requires the same testing. In this case, the neighborhood watch man should not have been carrying a gun, that’s an overkill for just watching ordinary people and children.

  289. Yes I believe people should be allowed to carry handguns on them its in the constitution. Their should be some limitations to carry a gun in some places. But not having at a school should be a limitation and not carrying it into stores.

  290. i think that people should be able to carry a hand gun if they are 18 years old. because if someone jumps them or that person gets attacked by a animal they can use that gun as self defense.

  291. I think they should not be allowed to carry not just a hand gun but any kind of gun. also after the shooting this is an issue that should be taken into affect right away. the only people who should have guns are the military and police force. never just a neighborhood watch there was plenty of ways he could have stopped him without shooting him if he was actually attacked.

  292. I don’t think people should be allowed to carry weapons. The chance of you getting robbed or attacked is already low and the fact that if you carry a gun you feel the need to use it, which can end up killing someone whether there innocent or not.

  293. I think citizens should be aloud to carry hand guns. There are acttually some cases where people might really need them. The boy that got killed is a different story. It was sad. But that doesnt mean that you should stop carrying a gun, there could be a time where you need self defense.

  294. i think that it would be a good idea for people to Carrie hand guns for safety, but it depends in what areas, because if it is in rural areas, then it might not be such a good idea. the limitations would be like to keep it holstered until u think that u might be in trouble.

  295. No people should not be able to carry a hand gun. Look at what happened! a 17 year old kid was shot. the shooter called it “self defense”. I doubt a random 17 year old kid was carrying a weapon around. I hope that the shooter is found guilty because i could not imagine dying at 17. he has barely even lived life, and he was killed.

  296. I think that they can have a hand gun on them With a permit. If they don’t have a permit then i would say no because then mostly there would kill people. They should be limitations on it so it doesn’t go all crazy.

  297. I think that citizens should be allowed to carry a hand gun on them but i think that there should be a lot more limitations. You should only be able to carry it if you think your are in a dangerous location and you should also only be allowed to shoot it if the person is attacking you or is shooting at you. They should really be allowed to because its helpful when you need self defense but you should only have it when needed and not all the time.

  298. Yes, i still believe people should be able to carry around hand guns. Just because dumb people are carrying them around shooting people for no reason doesn’t mean they can take away the right for people to carry them around for actual protection.

  299. I do believe citizens have the right to carry a gun.They should have more limitations on when weapons can be used. It is very unnecessary for a man to shoot an unarmed kid, he could’ve handled the situation differently and the kid could be still alive.

  300. I think that they should bu there should be boundaries. They should call the police before they pull the gun out. I think that if you feel threatened or uneasy about a person then stay away from them.

  301. Due to this case, i think citizens should still be able to carry a gun. Its terrible that this happened but a hand gun is a good thing to have. It can save someone life. Its good protection to many people.

    • It didn’t save anyone’s life. some stupid guy who had a gun just shot a 17 year old. if people were aloud to carry hand guns, there would be many more stories like this.

  302. I don’t think citizens should be allowed to carry a deadly weapon like a gun with them where ever they go. If they don’t feel safe where they live they should either move or so something about it. I think most crimes that are committed are with guns that are registered. I think it’s just more temptation to allow guns like giving a little kid some candy and telling them not to eat it. I think only people like police officers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons.

    • I agree with you melanie,if you don’t feel safe living there just move. its very dangerous and people can get hurt…. Mel Mel

    • I do not agree with you. I think that people should be allowed to hold a concealed weapon on them, because you need protection. If it wasn’t legal bad people would do it anyways, then what? the good people they go after don’t have protection. Peace.

  303. I think they should if they have the right to and have there CCW perment. Now if they feel in danger in any way yes they cam use it. Now in this case we don’t know what happen but we know that the kid was shot and killed so i think that there will be a big investigation in the death of this child.

  304. No, I do not believe that citizens should be able to carry a hand gun with them. A possible outcome is increased tension with another person, and something dangerous occurring. A gun is a hazardous weapon that should not have the ability to be concealed. It is dangerous to those around the carrier.

  305. I think people should be able to carry guns. I think that if people get licensed to carry a gun and they know hoe to properly use it they should be able to carry them. Also there should be limitations on where you can carry it. What happened to Trayvon was terrible and they guy who shot him was told not to do anything, he ended up shooting the unarmed Trayvon.

  306. Yes, i do believe people should be allowed to carry a hand gun. I think this because it is for safety. Not all people with hand guns decide to go out and shoot people. Also because in some cases it is needed. I just think before a hand gun license is given, they should check background history!

  307. it deepens on the person if the person has a record for a salt with a deadly weapon they should not have on and if they are mental challenged they should not have one. but if some with a hand gun was raped or kidnapped and they are afraid to do any thing because of what happened to them no one thinks that they could use the help of a hand gun. so when some one wants to register for a gun they should have their finger prints taken and have a mental exam to see if they could handle a gun in their lives

  308. Yes but only if they either have a permit to carry a concealed gun or if they are a police officer. In other cases most likely not.

  309. No i don’t think that citizens should be able to carry around hand guns on them because stuff like that where teenagers die in that kind of situation is dangerous, if citizens carry around guns they should have to have a license for it. And if they don’t have a license for it then there should be a consequence.

  310. NO because its a danger and many others could get hurt. This isn’t a good thing but id understand if they were in danger then they have the right to carry a gun around…. but as of now no i don’t think its a good thing. This boy that got shot got shot for no reason and that means that someone else could get hurt for no reason that isn’t good….

  311. Not just any citizen. There is a gun law i believe, so people need to do that and get their license.

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