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Gun Contro. Essay

1397 words - 6 pages

MGMT 6100- ADVANCED ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES THOUGHT PAPER SHOULD CONCEALED FIREARM PERMITS BE ISSUED IN UTAH? Prepared by: Gavin Heaton September 18, 2001 The controversial issue of concealed firearm permits has lingered over Utah and America for many years. Is it actually necessary for people to be carrying loaded guns in today's society? It sounds a lot like the days of Dodge City or Tombstone. Looking at it from the other side of the spectrum, do concealed firearm permit holders have a right or freedom to carry such a gun or permit? Hopefully by the end of this thought paper it will open the eyes to two different point of views on this very hot and controversial topic. For many citizens of America there has come a point in there lives in which they have become dissatisfied with the violence in American society. For many, this issue is traced back to easy access of firearms in our nation and abundant supply of such weapons from legal and illegal markets. This has stirred up a recent wave of class-action lawsuits against the firearms industry, many which are based on the industry's failure to monitor the transmission of their product to the underground markets. These class-action lawsuits seek to alter the marketing, distribution, and sales of firearms. There is also the argument that there is no way to measure the costs of gun crime in our society. There are estimates that put the price at $75 billion for one year of pain, suffering, and loss of quality of life caused by gun violence, but there is no way to determine the undeterminable human cost of gun-related crime. There is a defense of many citizens that the cities spend millions of dollars each year on these costs and others associated with gun related emergencies. These expenses that can be incurred by cities include medical treatment for victims, additional police protection, and counseling services for survivors of murder victims. As stated by Senator Carl Levin, "These kinds of additional costs are the basis of the class-action lawsuits against the firearm manufacturers, distributors and dealers." If the gun industry is found liable, it will draw a direct line of responsibility pointing to the gun manufacturers to the irresponsible distributors and dealers who provide firearms to felons. These gun issues are in close correlation with the concealed firearm permit holders. Groups that have opposition to the issuing of concealed firearm permits are most likely the ones that have the above concerns on guns in America. Many claim that the process of receiving such a permit is subject to mistakes and could allow persons with criminal or shady backgrounds to receive this concealed firearm permit. In this case it could put many citizens and our police force at risk as criminals are at large and loaded. These groups also have the issue that these permit holders can misuse...

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