"Murder rates fall as the number of adults carrying concealed handguns increases."It went on to find:
"The six states that allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit have much lower murder and violent crime rates than the six states which try to stop people having concealed handguns."
"During the last quarter of the 2000 century, the murder rate declined 27.7% while the number of handguns owned by Americans increased 160%.”Violent crime rates are highest in states that flatly ban carrying concealed weapons, next highest in those that allow local authorities discretion to deny permits, and lowest in states where police are legally required to license every qualified applicant.
"Luxembourg, where handguns are totally banned and ownership of any kind of gun is minimal, had a murder rate nine times higher than Germany."Data on gun ownership by area in both the USA and England show "negative correlation," which means: "where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense violent crime rates are highest." It noted the especially damaging impact of Britain's harsh gun ban:
"By the year 2000, violent crime had so increased that England and Wales had Europe's HIGHEST violent crime rate, far surpassing even the United States."
"The felons most frightened about confronting an armed victim were those from states with the greatest relative number of privately owned firearms."Gun ownership was found to be "the reverse of the way in which criminal behavior is distributed" which disproves the endlessly-repeated but untrue mantra that more guns equal more death. The more guns, the more violent criminals worry about being injured - another way that even more guns cause even less crime.
"Companies have said they want to be located in conservative areas, "Kennesaw is home to more manufacturing businesses than any other Cobb city."
"Clearly a majority of our gun carrying, member officers feel that armed citizens are an asset in reducing violent crime and not a liability.
"Fear of the unknown or known gun carrier... has an immediate effect on reducing violent criminal activity."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Thomas#Second_Amendment Civil Rights and Armed Self-Defense, Clarence Thomas exceptional concurring opinion in McDonald v. Chicago.
"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
"The gun control crusade today is like the Prohibition crusade 100 years ago.
"It is a shared zealotry that binds the self-righteous know-it-alls in a warm fellowship... fighting on the side of the angels against the forces of evil.
"It is a lofty role that they are not about to give up for anything so mundane as facts
- or even the lives of other people."
Dr. Thomas Sowell, African-American economist, esteemed University Professor,
syndicated columnist, prolific academic author
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