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How to Discourage your Violent Criminals is simple:

Let them know Their Prey can Shoot Back...

Study proves concealed carry dramatically reduces violent crime (and rape)

The shorter blue lines show the big drop in violent crime once CSU encouraged concealed carry. The taller brown lines on the right show how much the gun ban at CU Boulder increased violent crime

When Colorado’s concealed carry law was enacted in 2003, the University of Colorado refused to allow their students to protect themselves, while Colorado State University allowed them to concealed carry. Since the external factors are reasonably similar, their very different results maintained over 12 years give an eye-opening comparison of the effectiveness of being armed and able to defend yourself.

Encouraging concealed carry created an immediate drop of 47.7% in violent crime (from 30 in 2002 to 16 in 2003) at Colorado State. But at CU Boulder (brown lines), their defective strategy of banning guns to increase safety immediately increased violent crime by 10% instead .

The overwhelming majority of American voters feel safer
living in a neighborhood with guns Open Page in a new Tab, only 22% feel safer living in a gun-free one. Most Americans know, just like most police officers Open Page in a new Tab, that armed civilians discourage criminals. But why does discouraging criminals work so well? See the crucial understanding missed by so many... all Open Page in a new Tab

1. Defensive Gun Uses are common - VERY COMMON

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170 million new guns, 51% decrease in violent crime since 1991
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DGUs save billions - not just millions - of dollars a year
A defensive gun use (DGU) is when you use a gun in self-defense against attack - a rapist, robber, mugger, etc. - whether you fire it or not. Most DGUs aren't recorded because the perp stops the attack once he sees his prey is armed, the gun isn't fired, no one is injured and since there's no crime to report, the police aren't informed. See how DGUs protect women from rape and murder here, here, here, here, here, and many more here all Open Page in a new Tab or Window.

in 1995 there were 2.16 million DGUs, and since then the population has increased, the violent crime rate has halved and the number of guns has doubled. How much has better police work contributed to this decrease? Have US inhabitants become less violent - or just more cautious? How much has twice as many guns in responsible hands increased the number of Defensive Gun Uses?

"more than 3 million DGUs per year", roughly one person in a hundred uses a gun in self-defense every year. Pro-rata, the normalized city of 100,000 people has 373 violent crimes a year and their 933 DGUs help thwart 933 crimes. But no matter how many DGUs you already have and how much they save you, or even if your state has constitutional carry, since each one thwarts a violent crime you want more...

How much do DGUs save? The US government calculated
the Tangible Per-Offense Total Costs including the Criminal Justice System Cost of crime. With 3 million a year, DGUs save the Criminal Justice System around $40 billion with total savings of some $60 billion for society. Pro-rata for the normalized 100,000 person city, that's $13 million in Criminal Justice System savings and $20 million for society in total...

2. How to encourage more DGUs

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Citizens want the police to focus on discouraging criminals from committing crime. And police officers well know that legally-armed citizens are important in reducing crime Open Page in a new Tab, the more Defensive Gun Uses, the more violent crime they thwart.

Yet many chiefs spend surprisingly large sums on what happens afterwards, so they can find, arrest, charge, convict, and incarcerate the perp, which
costs the Criminal Justice System enormous amounts of money Open Page in a new Tab. When they come out, having spent their time studying with the experts, they're harder to catch next crime next time.

Since each DGU thwarts a violent crime, spending to
increase the number of DGUs gives far more crime reductions Open Page in a new Tab. Because it saves money Open Page in a new Tab, it makes more sense to invest more of the police budget in discouraging criminals. But don't start discouraging them until you're fully prepared to avoid all the implementation pitfalls Open Page in a new Tab - see our niche.

There are two aspects to discouraging your criminals from violent attack. Click on each link to see your actionable steps:

  1. Let your violent criminals know their risk of being shot and injured is increasing Open Page in a new Tab (also a pop-up light-box link) and
  2. Encourage more of your qualified residents to concealed carry.
Both help your violent criminals realize that attacking good people is not worth the risk of injury Open Page in a new Tab. Some robberies are violent criminals robbing responsible citizens while, in others, criminals and drug dealers rob each other. But how many of the latter get counted in your robbery stats by the FBI?

You will reduce your high violent crime by becoming even more pro-active: Both
discourage your violent criminals from attack Open Page in a new Tab as well as encourage your law-abiding citizens to be able to defend themselves. Discouraging criminals also reduces gun violence. Violent criminals fear being shot by their victim, they attack fewer people which reduces gun violence as well as the number and severity of victim injuries.

But you need to feel totally comfortable. Being proactive is part of the job, but do you advertise? How much publicity do you want? How best to approach each aspect? Very personal decisions.
But you won't decrease attacks on your good people by much without encouraging more Defensive Gun Uses...
Warn your violent criminals that their risk of being shot and injured by attacking an innocent citizen is increasing...

  1. Create and regularly update your police website with stories about robbers being shot and injured such as 1 here, 2 here, 3 here, 4 here, 5 here, and 6 here. Truth About Guns, the Well Armed Woman, and Guns Save Lives carry many such stories, local ones have more impact.
  2. Notices. Put up notices in your police stations with the number of concealed carry permits in your City or State - this is the number of armed citizens who are ready to shoot a violent attacker. For more impact, regularly update the number of permits...
  3. Get your officers to spread the word. Get them to tell all criminals when just warned, booked, or released - whenever possible - that it's a good job they didn't attack anyone, with the current increase in armed citizens in your city they have a good chance - and an ever-increasing one - of being shot and injured by their prey.
  4. You want your criminals to pass on the warning and let their friends know, how best to do this?
  5. Defensive Gun Uses with no one hurt aren't newsworthy, but reporting DGU stories on your website will help your violent criminals consider the increasing danger of being shot and injured. See 1 here, 2 here, 3 here, 4 here, 5 here, and 6 here. Organizations such as Guns Save Lives, the Truth About Guns, the NRA and the Violent Crime Research Center regularly list such stories.
  6. Does your state have stand your ground laws? If so, publicize on your website and police stations, and include this in the warning about DGUs you give to criminals...
  7. Promote your crime decreases, statistics and successes on your website. Lauding your reductions in crime numbers and successes in catching criminals is a great way to warn them not to commit crime in your city. Will your local press print your successes?
  8. If you feel comfortable about advertising, you can advertise the fact that your city is doing all you can to reduce your violent crime by discouraging your violent criminals. You may even wish to advertise that you also encourage your qualified, law-abiding citizens to concealed carry...

3. FBI State data also shows that Discouraging Criminals works

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The robbery rate in South Dakota is less than a quarter of Texas, 78.3% lower, yet their other crime rates are broadly similar - around National Average...
The latest FBI Table 5: Crime in the United States by State shows that South Dakota has very little robbery, just 24.7% of the National Average rate compared to Texas where the robbery rate is 114.1%. But their rates of violent crime, murder, rape and aggravated assault are all around the National Average, as they are in Texas. So why does South Dakota have far fewer robberies - just 21.7% of the robbery rate in Texas?

The 2016 Crime Prevention Research Center Study Table 3 shows the five year cost of a handgun license as $10 in South Dakota while the cost in Texas is fourteen times more expensive - at $140. The CPCR Study Table 2 shows that 14.7% of adults in South Dakota have concealed carry permits while in Texas with a substantially higher license fee, far fewer adults - just 5.4% - have permits.

Clearly there are other factors as well as demographics and population producing such dramatically lower robbery. But the other crime rates are similar, so why just robbery? The FBI data verifies the Concealed Carry study findings: the more you encourage armed citizens, the more you discourage armed robbery!

4. Encourage your citizens to concealed carry

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Don't let poor finances stop your low-income, qualified citizens from being able to defend themselves and their family. You want your violent criminals to fear being shot and injured whenever they attack one of your responsible residents.

So lower the cost in money, time and effort of a permit and lessons for all your responsible residents. You want your criminals to
get the message Open Page in a new Tab by encouraging your qualified citizens (and teachers if allowed) to be able to protect themselves, their family and their property from violent criminals, rapists, and terrorists.

If your state is considering Constitutional Carry, it will heighten the awareness of violent crime in the economic development competition. The sooner you discourage your criminals the sooner you'll get your crime rate below National Average - one of the most important criteria for both people and investors.

How can your city encourage your law-abiding citizens who qualify to get a concealed carry license? You need to thoroughly and decisively refute the
highly misleading rhetoric of gun control advocates. all Open Page in a new Tab
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  1. Let them know the cost - tens of thousands of dollars - to recover from injury when they or one of their family becomes a violent crime victim. Their long-term income can also suffer...
  2. Educate them in the protective benefits of being armed - tell them you'd rather they're unharmed than unarmed! Violent crime is expensive. Each thwarted rape saves the police $26,479 and society a total of $41,247. Each thwarted violent robbery saves the police $13,827 and society saves $21,398.
  3. Tell them President Obama's CDC study found that defensive gun uses save up to three million people from violent crime each year - they're very common - and armed citizens suffer less injury when violently attacked.
  4. Many people don’t realize the immense number of defensive gun uses which thwart millions of violent crimes a year.
  5. Tell your law-abiding crime victims that studies show encouraging concealed carry reduces violent crime. So you encourage responsible people and their friends and family to be armed because violent criminals fear being shot and injured by their prey.
  6. Ensure all your citizens appreciate the much safer city they'll enjoy by encouraging them to concealed carry. You want the support of your people - that's our niche.

  7. Encourage the behavior you wish to encourage by reducing the cost and time spent in applying for a concealed carry license. Your city can subsidize part or all of the cost, and/or
  8. Subsidize any other costs or charges for them to concealed carry, and/or
  9. Subsidize the cost of the commercial gun lessons they need to qualify for a license
  10. Of course, publicity will inform your criminals Open Page in a new Tab that your city encourages your law-abiding citizens to be armed and able to defend themselves, their family and their property from a violent attack.
The other aspect is to let your violent criminals know their risk of being shot and injured is increasing. Both help your violent criminals realize that attacking good people is not worth the risk Open Page in a new Tab.

Once you're ready - and
only when you're fully prepared Open Page in a new Tab - any biased media negativity helps your criminals to know they're more likely to be shot and injured in a violent attack. It's actually helpful...

Note that indirectly discouraging violent criminals, as distinct from
the more effective direct discouragement implemented in Kennesaw GA Open Page in a new Tab, only takes willingness, requires no ordinance, is very cost-effective - gives large savings in Criminal Justice System Costs Open Page in a new Tab - and is totally in the hands of your administration.

5. WARNING - Implementation Pitfalls to Avoid

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Avoid any and all problems from the believers of anti-gun rhetoric. They seem to be getting more and more extreme, as seen in the violent demonstrations Open Page in a new Tab against those deemed right-wing and who helped scupper Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency.

See the warnings on the
implementation page all Open Page in a new Tab:

  1. Avoid problems from the believers of anti-gun rhetoric
  2. Implementation Pitfalls to Avoid
  3. Beware!
  4. Public support ensures success
And, of course, it is totally legal, see here.

6. Once you're prepared, even negativity is valuable

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UGO Kennesaw grows while Complete Gun Ban Morton Grove population declines
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Negative publicity for UGO Kennesaw causes population to skyrocket
How does media negativity about encouraging armed self-defense affect a person or a company when relocating? Even negative publicity is beneficial! For anyone investigating with an open mind, armed citizens are a big positive since the FBI report that more guns result in less crime Open Page in a new Tab.

Morton Grove's total gun ban received enormous media approval although it increased their crime rate and their population decreased. In response, Kennesaw encouraged their responsible citizens to be armed to protect their families - and got universal condemnation.

What happened to Kennesaw's economic growth? The strident negativity immediately slashed their violent crime by 74% and skyrocketed their economy. Strong evidence that media negativity is beneficial, it informed their criminals the city was unsafe for violent crime and shows both businesses and people choose very low crime when relocating.
If you believe that gun-free zones can be a good idea, then how does preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves and their families decrease crime? How do you trace from start to finish, step by step, the causal path from the gun ban to the decrease in violent crime that you believe it gives you?

7. Your return on investment? A few short months!

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Woman with battered face had no gun
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"The deputy who rescued me told me no woman should ever have to be in a situation as helpless as mine and I needed to learn how to use a gun." http://thewellarmedwoman.com/women-and-guns/survival-stories/peggys-story
You need your citizens to support you in discouraging your violent criminals and making your city safer and more prosperous. Our charge to help you implement this strategy as well as produce a special edition of our Concealed Carry study for your city is just a couple of dollars per citizen, no more than three dollars each before any discount. This is lots less than the cost per citizen of each robbery! ** Save up to 50% - enjoy your special introductory discount by initiating this strategy within thirty days.

Federal Government's studies (all Open Page in a new Tab ) show that, pro-rata for each and every citizen, the Crime Victims Cost for each robbery is $3.36 (327,374 robberies at $3,299 Crime Victim Cost each over 321,418,820 people) and the Criminal Justice System cost is $14.08. The Total Tangible Per-Offense Cost is $21.79. Each of your robberies is costing your city more - a lot more - than a couple of dollars per citizen, investing a couple of dollars per citizen to discourage your criminals is a lot less!

Compare the costs of NOT discouraging your criminals to how much your investment will save you. The same
US Government study measured the Criminal Justice System cost of each robbery at $13,827. That's how much each DGU which thwarts a robbery saves the police, the total savings for each DGU are $21,398. Thwarting rape saves police and society almost double as much...
If discouraging criminals from attacking good people gives you the same 47.7% violent crime reduction in our Concealed Carry Study, you'll cover the investment cost in 2.34 months. With the same 78.3% reduction found by comparing the FBI TX vs SD crime, you'll cover the cost in 1.42 months. Kennesaw's violent crime plummeted by 74% the first year and was 79% lower five years later.

If your city has more violent crime than National Average, then your return on investment time will be even shorter. But since police costs are largely fixed, much of these Criminal Justice System savings won't immediately impact your budget. With double National Average violent crime, even if it just thwarts a quarter of your robberies and rapes, your return on investment is a few months.

8. The truth about the defensive value of guns - our niche

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How much does your investment in discouraging your violent criminals cost? You need the support of your law-abiding citizens and they want to know why and how increasing your number of DGUs will make your whole city safer and more prosperous. See our charge in your return on investment above.
Ebook cover for Concealed Carry study We will create and publish a customized version of our Concealed Carry study for your city which can have your name or someone else's name such as your Mayor as primary author. Your book is published both as a real paper book for your citizens to hold as well as a pdf and an e-book for online reading, printing paper books is expensive. The cost of our time and expertise to assist you in successfully discouraging your criminals is subsumed in the price of your customized book.

Our study of rape and violent crime shows encouraging Concealed Carry gave an immediate decrease of 47.7% in violent crime and of 75% in rape. The control that banned guns immediately increased violent crime by 10% and rape by 63%. It proves that
defensive guns protect everybody from rape and violent crime.

By making your book available to all your voters and citizens at no charge, they're more likely to appreciate you and all your efforts to increase their safety, improve their lives, decrease violent crime, reduce crime injuries, and encourage economic development creating jobs in your city...

We've reserved a copy of the Concealed Carry at University study for you to evaluate at no charge, remember the 100% discount code "Chief", and
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Food for Thought

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Let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one Jesus (Luke 22 36)
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke
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"With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back; but are you prepared?

"Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family."

West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall
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“I was against concealed weapons at first,
because I thought there'll be more road rage and more shooting, but at the end of the day I was wrong about that."

– Chief Dennis Tyndall, West Columbia, South Carolina

West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall plans to run for Lexington County sheriff
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SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the judgment in McDonald v. Chicago (2010) that the right to keep and bear arms is applicable to state and local governments, but went even further in finding that an individual's right to bear arms is a fundamental privilege of American citizenship.

His concurrence in McDonald draws from a long and uninterrupted line of civil rights activists who preached the virtues of armed self-defense:

The great abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, for instance, who famously urged President Abraham Lincoln to arm the liberated slaves against their former masters, was an outspoken champion of gun rights.

Founder of the pioneering Regional Council of Negro Leadership and a longtime ally of the NAACP, Mississippi doctor T.R.M. Howard saw no reason to separate the struggle for racial equality from the case for armed self-defense.

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Civil Rights and Armed Self-Defense, Clarence Thomas exceptional concurring opinion in McDonald v. Chicago. Open Page in a new Tab

Stopped by police 14.3 deaths, stopped by civilians 2.3 die
Average deaths in a shooting rampage when stopped by police: 14.3. But average deaths when stopped by civilians: far less - just 2.3.

So discourage violent criminals and terrorists from attacking your people. Encourage your qualified, law-abiding citizens to be able to defend themselves, their family and their property. Both concealed carry as well as the discretionary ordinance are entirely optional - there's no penalty and they're exempt from complying if they object for any reason at all!

Despite media misunderstanding and much misrepresentation, Universal Gun Ownership is not coercive, it's neither Mandatory Gun Ownership nor Compulsory Gun Ownership. It's simply a choice to be prepared to defend themselves and their loved ones from a violent criminal in advance...

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