"The likely presence of a DEFENSIVE firearm has a statistically significant deterrence effect on criminal behavior."which means the evidence proves that the more guns there are in your community, the more they deter criminal behavior. Encouraging gun ownership gives your responsible citizens more guns, which directly causes less crime. His summary:
"If you're anti-gun and Lott's book does not ... force you to reconsider the ... benefits of an armed society, you either did not read the book with an open mind, or you do not know how to distinguish a precisely-reasoned argument from a merely political one."
"People normally don't want to get involved in suspicious activity or crimes because they're scared of becoming a victim themselves.
"But [once you're armed and able to protect yourself], you're much more likely to be open and sincere with police officers because you have a means to defend yourself and your family if the bad guys come looking for you."
"Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars."
"[Low crime] figures serve a political end.
It brings in tourism; it's good for business."
– Professor Emeritus Eli Silverman, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City
Professor Silverman finding is verified by the manipulation of crime numbers in Chicago and New York. He's the author of the seminal exposé on the CompStat program in Chicago and New York which avoids classifying murders as murders, avoids classifying rapes as rapes, and downgrades serious crimes to less serious offenses:
The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation
(Advances in Police Theory and Practice)
"I was wrong, I'm going to get a permit and so is my wife. I've changed my mind. You need a way to protect yourself and your family.
"I never again want to be in the position where I'm approached by someone with a gun and I don't have one. There are too many people who are just evil and mean-spirited. They will hurt you for no reason.
"If more people were packing guns, it might serve as a deterrent.”
- Reverend Michael DeBose, Ohio Democrat State Representative. Formerly a committed opponent of Right to Carry laws - he'd twice voted AGAINST concealed carry in Ohio.
“When we start taking guns away from our citizens, we're arming the bad guys. Gun control is not the answer. Carry a concealed weapon.”
– Sheriff Chuck Wright, Spartanburg County, South Carolina http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/sheriff-tells-citizens-to-buy-guns.html </p>
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