Concealed Weapon Policy Specific Purpose: Wisconsin should change their policy on carrying a concealed weapon and allow for citizens to carry a concealed weapon for self defense. INTRODUCTION I. Richmond, Virginia, September 20th, 2010: “His delivery completed, a pizza driver began to drive away when a masked man accosted him with a shotgun and announced a robbery. The driver drew a handgun that he was licensed to carry and shot the suspect. After asking a passerby to call 911, the driver reassured the wounded suspect that help was on the way. ” (American Hunter) II.
In 2009, there were 162,019 crimes committed with 14,533 of those being violent crimes. (Disaster Center) III. With those two things in mind, shouldn’t a person have the right to defend themselves to the fullest extent that they can? IV. However, it is not possible to defend yourself to the fullest in Wisconsin due to the fact that the current law prohibits civilians from carrying weapons. V. The solution to this is to legalize the right to carry a concealed weapon. VI. There are three primary advantages as to why Wisconsin should legalize the right to carry a concealed weapon. . It can increase people’s comfort level with guns. b. It can drop the crime rate of our state. c. It is a psychological “force multipler”. (Transition: Let’s start this process by looking at the comfort level of people. ) (0:59)(1:10) BODY I. The first advantage to legalizing concealed weapons is when considering the comfort level of people around and with guns. a. First, you must consider the training of the person in possession of the gun. i. Permit required 1. Attend classes a. 8 hour classes b. Usually 2 to 3 classes 2. Perform demonstration ii.
Know Gun Free Zones 1. Places where guns are prohibited 2. Examples: a. Schools i. Gun Free School Zone act states that you can’t come within 1000 feet of K-12 school b. Hospitals 3. Signs are posted outside of places iii. Gun control act of 1968 1. Prohibits purchasing by felons and illegal aliens 2. Perform background checks iv. Average person feels more secure 1. Person concealing weapon has extensive training and knowledge 2. Knows the guidelines of usage of weapon v. Same concept as: 1. How many people feel comfortable with a trained mechanic working on your car? . Also, consider the comfort level of people not accustomed to being around guns. i. Hypothetically 1. (ask for show of hands) How comfortable would you feel if you saw a person walking down the street with a gun visible? 2. For example, tucked into their waist band or in a holster. ii. If concealed you wouldn’t know iii. Most people are scared of guns 1. For reasons such as a. Afraid children will accidentally shoot themselves b. Afraid it will fall into wrong hands i. Criminal/felon ii. Rob house or hold person at gunpoint iv.
Concealing helps with unwanted nervousness v. It still provides security (Transition: Now that we’ve looked at the comfort level of people around guns. Let’s look at how the crime rate will be effected. ) (3:20) II. The second advantage to legalizing concealed weapons is to examine the crime rate. a. Wisconsin should have a decrease from the current crime rate. i. National Institute of Corrections states “ there are 3,030 crimes per 100,000 people” ii. The national average rate is 3,668 crimes per 100,000 people. 1. Wisconsin is about average ii. Several states had extreme decrease after 1 year 1. New York: 20,000 violent crime decrease 1993-1994 2. California: 18,000 violent crime decrease 1993-1994 iv. The FBI Uniformed Crime Report stated that “states with right-to-carry laws have a 30% lower homicide rate, 46% lower robbery, and 12% lower aggravated assault rate and a 22% lower overall violent crime rate than do states without such laws. ” b. Study done in Utah after passing of concealed weapons bill i. Main objective: See if crime deterred ii. Overall, crime decreased . Assault and robberies especially, total 21. 3% 2. Amount of unintentionally injuries decreased even though amount of gun owners increased by 17% 3. However, weapons possessions in schools increased c. Reduction in other states crime shows that our state could follow (Transition: Once you have examined the crime rates, you must look at the psychological multiplier. ) (5:00)
III. The final advantage to legalizing concealed weapons is to focus on the psychological “force multiplier” a. Most attackers don’t know if you have a gun or not. . Support for my argument comes from the U. S. Department of Justice stating “34% of felons said they had been scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim. ii. They later went on to say that “40% of criminals admitted that they had been deterred from committing a crime out of fear that the victim was armed” iii. Criminals uncertainty 1. Tactical advantage a. Armed and resist attack iv. (Transition: Now that the process is done, let’s go over a recap of the advantages of legalizing the right to carry concealed weapons. (5:45) CONCLUSION I. The three advantages include: a. It can increase people’s comfort level with guns. b. It can drop the crime rate of our state. c. It is a psychological “force multiplier”. II. In order to achieve our goal of legalizing the right to carry a concealed weapon, we must do things such as join and support groups such as the National Rifle Association and the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Association. III. Also, we need to write our legislators on how this law is helpful to our state. IV. After all, don’t you want to be protected? (6:17)