The Last 3 Safe Spaces From America’s Gun Violence

Isaac Newton Farris Jr
6 min readApr 18, 2023

America has officially entered a dark era where its citizens are likely to be killed at an elementary or high school, a church, a bank, a college, a dance hall, a grocery store, and even a sweet 16 birthday party. But lo and behold, 3 safe spaces remain in America where citizens are guaranteed they will not be shot dead from gun violence!!!

In a little less than 3 months America will reach a new life-threatening milestone. On July 1 of this year, Florida will become the 26th state to facilitate increased gun violence by allowing its citizens to carry a concealed gun in public without a state permit or registration, making America for the first time in American history a majority constitutional carry nation. Florida is a prime example of how illogical gun laws have become in the United States, after July 1 it will be legal in Florida to carry a concealed weapon on your body that no one can see without a state permit, but after July 1 it will remain illegal in Florida to carry a weapon on your body that everyone can see.

State laws that allowed permit-less open carry and permit-less concealed carry of weapons used to be referred to as “ Vermont carry”. Because until 2011 Vermont was the only state in America that allowed permit-less open and concealed gun carry. After the Supreme Court ruled 5–4 in 2008 that the American Constitution guarantees every American citizen a personal right to own a gun, in 2011 Wyoming became the second state to enact permit-less carry. Among the 24 states that followed Wyoming by enacting their own permit-less carry, the 2022 permit-less law passed in Indiana made national headlines. Because just two weeks after it became law gun violence reaped havoc when a deadly mass shooting occurred at a mall in an Indianapolis suburb, where a gunman killed three and wounded two more before being shot dead by a bystander who also carried a gun.

Currently, in the United States, there are 8 states requiring permits for open and concealed carry. Another 3 states, plus Washington D.C., require permits for concealed carry and prohibit the open carry of most guns. 13 states allow the open carry of guns without a…

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Isaac Newton Farris Jr

Isaac Newton Farris Jr. is the nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serves as Senior Fellow at the King Center.