Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ten Years of Concealed Carry in South Carolina

The Sun News | 08/29/2006 | Allowing citizens to have weapons cuts crime The dire predictions of the (mostly) Democratic opposition to the right of self-defense in South Carolina have mostly failed to materialize.
Over the past 10 years, South Carolina has become a much safer place to live, work and raise a family. Since the General Assembly wisely chose to allow good citizens to carry guns for self-defense, the violent crime rate has sharply declined. And although the mainstream news media largely avoid reporting such facts, the truth is more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens equals less crime.
Prior to the passage of the "Shall Issue" Law ten years ago, SC had been a "May Issue" state with the result that very few people had permits. You had to convice a bureaucrat of your need to defend yourself.

The measure met great resistance, as they always do.
The mostly Democratic opposition, led by S.C. Sen. John Land and his closest allies, immediately began warning about the dangers. According to their confused logic, good citizens could not be trusted to handle firearms in public. They seemed to suggest the mere presence of a gun would somehow turn an honest person into a homicidal maniac.
The truth, as usual, is somewhat different.

Now the left will say, as they always do, that the crime rate across the nation has gone down these past 10 years, where is the proof that concealed carry works? The proof is in exactly those places - Washington D.C. and Boston, that restrict one's ability to have an effective defense. But the MSM won't report on that - got to keep that anti-gun bias strong. D.C. Has a crime emergency, but Florida and South Carolina and any numnber of other states have been experiencing reductions in crime.

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