Tuesday, January 8, 2008

More Guns, Less Crime...

One of the more consistent liberal memes is the idea that gun control will lead to more crimes. The consistent conservative/libertarian response has been that if guns are illegal, only the criminals will have guns. The preponderance of the evidence favors the conservative/libertarian position: in every jurisdiction where ordinary citizens are free (or relatively free) to carry concealed weapons, crime rates – including death and injury by gunfire – are lower than otherwise.

Michigan's experience now joins that evidence:

Six years after new rules made it much easier to get a license to carry concealed weapons, the number of Michiganders legally packing heat has increased more than six-fold.

But dire predictions about increased violence and bloodshed have largely gone unfulfilled, according to law enforcement officials and, to the extent they can be measured, crime statistics.

The incidence of violent crime in Michigan in the six years since the law went into effect has been, on average, below the rate of the previous six years. The overall incidence of death from firearms, including suicide and accidents, also has declined.
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolendar has made it nearly impossible for ordinary citizens to get concealed carry permits. A new sheriff will be elected this year – let's make certain that the sheriff we elect commits to start issuing concealed carry permits again in San Diego County, with only reasonable restrictions.

The criminals in San Diego County need to understand that the people around them are carrying weapons…

1 comment:

  1. I thought that maybe you might find my recent handgun buying experience in CA interesting. I had to take a written hand gun safety test ($25) which is good for 5 years at which time you get to pay again. There are apparently some exceptions to having to take the HSC, but apparently spending 6 years in the USMC doesn't count. Then there is a 10 day waiting period after the purchase for a background check ($30). Now, in CA because they are afraid that a gang member might purchase too many handguns at one time, to purchase a second handgun, you have to wait 30 days, then pay ($30) for another background check and another 10 day waiting period. I think I'm seeing a pattern here. And of course you can only purchase 10 round magazines, because, I dunno, 15 round magazines are more dangerous? Good luck to you if you want a concealed carry permit.

    In addition for rifles a .223 semi-automatic ar-15 "assault weapon" is illegal but a .223 semi-automatic "ranch rifle" is legal. I guess it is less scary since it doesn't have a pistol grip and flash suppressor.