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Concealing Our Concern

In the United States, the effects of inexperienced people using guns is more than apparent. Injuries, suicides, murders and accidents happen regularly as a result of firearm ownership. It was reported recently by WSB-TV in Conyers, Ga., that a man accidentally shot himself at a gun show. According to Komo News, in Shelton, Wash., a man shot and killed his wife while cleaning his gun, claiming it was an accident. And, perhaps most horrifically, a girl in Arizona accidentally shot and killed her shooting range instructor.Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 9.49.00 AM

These shootings have a few things in common. The first is that they’re all accidents. They’ve also all occurred in the last nine months, with the first two occurring in the past month. The big differences? The shooters were a husband, a child and a gun-enthusiast. Normal people who, when handling guns, made grave mistakes.

Over 30,000 people died in 2011 as a result of gun-inflicted wounds, and every year that number is steadily rising. These deaths are horrifying, and it is our duty as American citizens to make that number as small as possible. One of the easiest ways to do that is to require firearm training, safety and permits for gun owners. And without all of these requirements, the possibility of concealed carry without a permit in the state of Kansas is extremely detrimental.

Senate Bill 145, otherwise known as concealed carry without a permit, has been passed in the Kansas Senate and House, and will eventually go to Governor Sam Brownback. If it passes, the bill would allow Kansans to carry concealed guns in public without permits. The Harbinger does not support this bill and believes that everyone in the state of Kansas should be required to carry a permit for any and all of their firearms.

To get a concealed carry permit, a person must undergo eight hours of firearms training. This training gives you experience in cleaning guns, handling them and using them for self-defense. What Senate Bill 145 will do is allow gun owners to skip this step. If this bill becomes a law, anyone in the state of Kansas over the age of 21 can carry a gun with them in public without any sort of training or experience. And this inexperience is what leads to injuries and fatalities, as has been shown time and time again.

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