Monday, January 09, 2006

Texas' Concealed Handgun Law - 10 Years Later

amarillo.com | Opinion: Guest Column: Texas' Concealed Handgun Law - 10 years later 01/09/06 [BugMeNot is your friend!] So once again we have statistical evidence that the gun-banners were wrong when they claimed that a concealed weapons law in Texas would result in anarchy, wild-west shoot-outs and blood in the streets. The fact that they were wrong in Texas (and Florida and Michigan and Ohio and ... has not stopped them from trotting out the same tired statements in Wisconsin.) What is the reality?
Since the passage of the Concealed Handgun Law, the FBI Uniform Crime Report shows an 18-percent drop in handgun murders, down from 838 in 1995 to 688 in 2004; and a 13-percent drop in handgun murders per 100,000 population, down from 4.5 murders per 100,000 Texans in 1995 to 3.95 per 100,000 in 2004.
As for the people who get concealed handgun permits, they are not sub-human, they are law-abiding citizens.
In 2000, on the fifth anniversary of the Concealed Handgun Law, the National Center for Policy Analysis issued a report that indicated Texans with concealed carry permits are far less likely to commit a serious crime than the average citizen.
Boston and New York need to look at this. Banning handguns has not made them safer, just as banning guns has not made the UK safer, but it has created a worse environment. [NRA-ILA]

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