Another essay I wrote for my English class. I hope you enjoy!
When it comes to important and sensitive subjects, one of the best ways to gather information is through a written survey. Results can be determined anonymously, giving the surveyed protection and also insuring that the results are unbiased. Guns can be a touchy topic with the general public. Being such a critical matter, the following results will conclude how people on and off campus in the city of Nacogdoches feel about weapons and, more importantly, concealed weapons.
First, to get a feel of whom we were dealing with, we determined the demographical breakdown of our study. We can conclude that most of the people who volunteered their time were between the ages of 20 and 23. This age bracket tallies to 50 percent. Just behind that is 40 percent being 24 and older. Lastly, only 1 in 10 people are 18 to 19. It is important to recognize that about half of the individuals in this study, meet the age requirements to obtain a Concealed Handgun License, or CHL.
Afterwards, participants are asked if they have ever used a handgun. A surprising number of people state that they had used one, with a rate of about 3:1. Being in East Texas, it is a natural occurrence that for the most part people have used a gun in some point in their life. It seems to be a natural occurrence that people who live in East Texas have used a gun at some point in their life, almost 75 percent. The people, who have used a gun, hopefully were all taught the proper techniques of gun handling and safety. This leads to one reason, that since gun restrictions were lifted, the murder rate statewide dropped in the mid 80’s. With having 75 percent of the participants displaying they have used a handgun, it is indicative of how the gun restriction laws have played a factor in many Texans lives.
Self-defense is a massive question anywhere, no matter who you are. When asking if guns are important for self-defense, over half of the group answers agreeably. Law enforcement cannot always be there as soon as someone needs protection. There are specific groups around the nation striving to protect our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. The main concerns to these factions include being able to properly defend your life, liberty, and property. This can come in the form of concealed weapons or just a weapon being available to them when at home, in order to provide self-defense, if necessary.
Tying into the previous question, we ask if people should rely on guns instead of the police to stop crime. Unexpectedly, the results are in favor of being able to use guns if the need arose and police weren’t there immediately; 86 percent are in approval of the notion. Many people testify that a weapon has saved their life and other’s as well. Too many times criminals forget they are not the only ones carrying a weapon.
Although, having a gun to protect oneself isn’t enough to the people we examined. More than half of them agree that the guns people buy should be registered so that the proper authorities know who has what gun and when they bought it. This regulation should not be used to discriminate or defile lawfully abiding citizens; although, it should be in place to identify who should not be carrying a weapon and ensure the safety of the general public, such as those with a past criminal record involving a gun.
Furthermore, the study also shows that half the people would not mind if they, their spouse, or significant other kept a weapon locked in the house for self-defense. Mothers tend to be the most undecided on this area of focus. In other independent studies, it showed that half were in favor so that they would be able to safeguard their little ones, even more so with single mothers. No matter the age, they feel they have the right to defend their family and property.
The majority, 96 percent, of people oppose the idea of only law enforcement agencies being allowed to acquire weapons. This is a strong point considering that our country was fought for and won by the right to bear arms. As stated before, officers of the law cannot instantaneously be everywhere to serve and protect. By allowing citizens to have firearms, we can allow them to ensure the safety of their rights.
Closer to home, the next subject at hand is if they mind a friend or family member, that they were in the same vicinity as, had a concealed weapon. Eight out of ten people react with a no. Although not asked, they were possibly envisioning the likelihood of these people being of sound mind and carrying the proper credentials to lawfully carry a concealed weapon. The thought of someone you know, rightfully carrying a firearm and knowing how and when to properly use it, can be settling for some people.
On a touchier subject, the survey proposes the issue of, if someone they did not know had a concealed weapon, would it alarm them. The majority still responds with a no by a proportion of 2 to 1. Like previously mentioned, if the person was legally concealing a firearm and it was for the sole purpose of self-defense, they were calmed by that thought. This was a surprising result.
Overall the results were not as expected. Strong showings of pro-gun stances, were proven by the evidence from the questions of history of gun use, importance of guns for self-defense, relying on weapons as an immediate form of protection instead of the police, and firearms being only available to the law enforcement agencies. More supporting verification was comprehended through the outcomes of the analysis inquiries dealing with the registration of firearms, guns in the household, guns being concealed by known persons and additionally unknown people. Although, there are many stories of firearm owners who have been able to avoid a bad or even lethal situation by only brandishing their weapon, the results of this survey are startling. The most shocking score was the last question of if people mind a stranger carrying a concealed firearm. The majority of the individuals questioned were in favor of all the subjects at hand. The majority of those polled, must agree with Benjamin Franklin’s statement, whom I think spoke greatly about many subjects, but especially our rights, who once said, “Those who would give up ESSENTIAL LIBERTY to purchase a little TEMPORARY SAFETY, deserve neither LIBERTY nor SAFETY”.
- 18-19 10%
- 20-21 25%
- 22-23 25%
- 24+ 40%
- FRESHMAN 5%
- SOPHOMORE 5%
- JUINOR 10%
- SENIOR 15%
- GRAD STUDENT 5%
- ADMIN 15%
- NOT IN COLLEGE 45%
- HAVE YOU EVERY USED A HANDGUN?
- YES 78%
- NO 22%
- ARE GUNS ARE IMPORTANT FOR SELF-DEFENSE?
- STRONGLY DISAGREE 20%
- DISAGREE 20%
- AGREE 25%
- STRONGLY AGREE 35%
- SHOULD WE RELY ON GUNS INSTEAD OF THE POLICE TO STOP CRIME?
- YES 86%
- NO 14%
- GUNS SHOULD BE BANNED TO ALL, BUT SECURITY ORGANIZATIONS.
- STRONGLY DISAGREE 91%
- DISAGREE 5%
- AGREE 2%
- STRONGLY AGREE 2%
- GUNS OWNED BY PEOPLE SHOULD BE REGISTERED.
- STRONGLY DISAGREE 25%
- DISAGREE 10%
- AGREE 40%
- STRONGLY AGREE 25%
- YOU DO NOT MIND IF YOU SPOUSE HAS A GUN LOCKED UP IN YOUR HOUSE.
- STRONGLY DISAGREE 15%
- DISAGREE 35%
- AGREE 40%
- STRONGLY AGREE 10%
- WOULD YOU MIND IF SOMEONE YOU WERE OUT EATING OR SHOPPING WITH HAD A CONCEALED WEAPON?
- YES 28%
- NO 72%
- WOULD IT ALARM YOU IF SOMEONE YOU DIDN’T KNOW HAD A CONCEALED WEAPON?
- YES 35%
- NO 65%