In 2010 Wisconsin became the 49th state to recognize the inalienable right of its citizens to carry firearms. Illinois is the only state that still has a total ban on carrying firearms. The District of Columbia shares this dubious Un-American distinction with Illinois.
The anti-gun media predicted that letting citizens carry firearms would result in carnage in the streets, shootouts in bars, with angry parents settling scores on the ball field with their firearms.
And to prove their point, MSM cited a bogus report of the Violence Policy Center (VPC) entitled “Concealed Carry Killers.”
The faux report said that “since May 2007 at least 300 people — including 11 law enforcement officers — have been killed by private citizens legally allowed to carry handguns in killings not ruled self-defense ….”
But according to an analysis by PajamasMedia.com, less than half of the deaths which were attributed to concealed carry holders by the VPC were actually “committed by a permit holder drawing and firing his or her concealed weapon.”
Less than half? Yes, that was the figure as of December, 2009. Sadly, VPC’s reporting has not and will never be accurate. VPC uses the First Amendment to attempt to deny Second Amendment rights.
VPC double counts victims or considers self-defense killings as murder, uses non gun deaths (like strangulation) to inflate “concealed carry” killings and adds accidental killings, such as a case where an errant shot was fired at a robber, to its totals.
More startlingly, VPC counts non-permit holders who, in some cases, were even prohibited by law from carrying a firearm. A notable case on their website is Jared Loughner, who shot Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, injuring her and killing six people.
The VPC claims that because of Arizona’s new law which allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns without a permit, “Loughner was able to legally carry his pistol to the Giffords event in his assassination attempt.”
That is simply not true. The right to carry a firearm in Arizona applies only to law-abiding citizens. Section 13-3102 of Arizona law specifically prohibits and disallows the concealed carry of a handgun with the intent to commit a crime. Jared Loughner was not legally carrying a pistol when he commit the crimes he perpetrated in January, 2011, as the VPC claims.
The VPC wants to focus on the few bad apples in the concealed carry community and suggest that citizens can’t be trusted to carry firearms. But using their own logic, they should be arguing for to disarm law enforcement officers because cops have more accidental discharges than concealed carry holders. Law enforcement officers also commit crime at a higher rate than concealed carry permit holders.
In 2011 Gun Owners of America posted Fact Sheet on its website comparing crime rates between concealed carry permit holders and the police. As compared to those who carry concealed, the average American is almost 8 times more likely to be convicted of crimes and over 40 times more likely to be convicted of burglary. Police officers are almost 800 times more likely to violate the law.
There are at least seven million citizens who possess a concealed carry permit. The number of legal concealed carriers is higher, because five states recognize the right of their citizens to carry without a permit. Other states allow citizens to carry without a permit in their vehicle and temporary residence (motels, camp sights, or anyplace they are temporarily living, including overnight stays.
Concealed carry is at an all time high, and crime rates continue to drop in the U.S. Yet, we’ve been hearing the Chicken Little cries of doom and gloom as far back as 1976 when Georgia kicked off the modern concealed carry movement with the enactment of its “shall issue” law.
Prior to its passage in 1987, there was a vigorous debate in the Florida legislature. Opponents of the law claimed that a carry law would turn the Sunshine State into the “Gunshine State.” It was a cute jingle, but their dire predictions never materialized. So the MSM created a national media event when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in self defense. The evidence backed up Zimmerman and he was not arrested until mob justice took to the streets.
Murder rates started dropping immediately after the passage of the Florida concealed carry law, prompting one of the chief opponents, Rep. Ron Silver, to admit that he had been wrong.
Such was the case in Texas, as well. One of the chief opponents in the Lone Star State was Senior Cpl. Glenn White, who was president of the Dallas Police Association. White lobbied against the law in 1993 and 1995 because he thought it would lead to wholesale armed conflict.
Senior Cpl. White now admits, “All the horror stories I thought would come to pass didn’t happen. No bogeyman. I think it’s worked out well, and that says good things about the citizens who have permits. I’m a convert.”
It takes guts to look at the evidence and admit you were mistaken. Kudos to Rep. Silver and Senior Cpl. White for being “man enough” to admit they were wrong.
VPC, the MSM and the Brady Bunch will never admit they intentionally give out bogus information. Their mission is to peddle fear and paranoia in the pursuit of a total ban on concealed carry.
Encourage your family and friends to obtain their concealed carry permit/license. A Right Unexercised is a Right Lost.