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New Report Finds that Concealed Carry Permit Holders are More Law Abiding than Police!

by Onan Coca, Freedom OutPost:

“I think that we’ve got to reign in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime. And I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people. . . . carrying guns in public places. . . .” — Hillary Clinton, May 6, 2016 at the National Council for Behavioral Health

Surprise! A new report that was recently unveiled proves that the liberal fear of gun owners is completely and utterly unfounded.

he report, which was titled, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States 2016,” covered a number of gun issues including the rise in gun ownership and the connection between gun owners and crime. While the entire report is well worth reading, there was one section in particular that is catching the attention of many 2nd Amendment advocates. The study examined data from Texas and Florida, two states that most accurately reflect the nation at large, and found that concealed carry holders are not just less likely to commit a crime than their fellow citizens, but they’re even less like to commit crime than police officers!

Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at one-sixth of the rate at which police officers are convicted.

The study also found other important correlations between American gun ownership and crime.

During President Obama’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 14.5 million – a 215% increase since 2007. Among the findings of our report:

■ The increase in the number of concealed handgun permits last year set another record, increasing by 1.73 million. That is slightly greater than previous record of 1.69 million set the last year.

■ 6.06% of the total adult population has a permit.

Along with this extreme spike in gun ownership has come a correspondingly extreme collapse in violent crime and murder!

■ Between 2007 and 2015, murder rates fell from 5.6 to 4.7 (preliminary estimate) per 100,000. This represents a 16% drop. Overall violent crime fell by 18 percent. Meanwhile, the percentage of adults with permits has soared by 190%.

■ Regression estimates show a significant association between increased permit ownership and a drop in murder and violent crime rates. Each one-percentage point increase in rates of permit holding is associated with a roughly 2.5 percent drop in the murder rate. This holds true even after accounting for the number of police per capita, demographics, and the percentage of the population that is incarcerated.

The simple fact of the matter is that both the scientific and anecdotal sets of evidence point to the 2nd Amendment being a boon for freedom and security. Throughout our history our allies and enemies alike have speculated that America is safe from outside aggression because of our right to carry. Our philosophical leaders have also long argued that our liberties are more secure from our own politicians because of the 2nd Amendment. The one sticking point has always been… but is there a negative correlation between crime and gun ownership? Well, the data that we have collected over the last 40 years should finally put this foolish notion to rest (at least for intellectually honest folks). The scientifically gathered, and closely studied data bears out the truth… when law-abiding citizens are free to own firearms, crime, particularly violent crime (including murder), becomes less pervasive.

To put it succinctly: More Guns, Less Crime.

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1 comment to New Report Finds that Concealed Carry Permit Holders are More Law Abiding than Police!

  • Ed_B

    “Surprise! A new report that was recently unveiled proves that the liberal fear of gun owners is completely and utterly unfounded.”

    Surprise? Hardly. Remember back several years ago when the state of Florida was contemplating implementing a “must issue concealed carry” law? The libs went ballistic (pun intended) over this and spent BIG money on ads in newspapers, on TV, and on radio about how the entire state would become like the “wild west”, with people shooting at everything that moved and some things that did not move. “There will be blood in the streets!”, they screamed.

    So, after all this hysteria, what REALLY happened? Well, 1st of all, there was no wild west mayhem or bloodbath. What there was was a HUGE reduction in violent crimes of all kinds but especially assaults, robberies, rapes, and other crimes of violence. It’s just not as much fun being a criminal when your intended victim MIGHT have a gun on them and know how to use it.

    This happens everywhere it is implemented, yet we still have idiot politicians pandering to the fearful and ignorant on this issue. Guns save more lives by far than they take and the ones most likely to be taken are those involved in committing crime.

    I have a good friend who owns a business. He had an employee who quit his job and who wanted his final check. So, my friend agreed to meet him at his business and pay him off. This was on a Sunday evening because the employee said that he was leaving town early on Monday. When my friend arrived at his business, the employee was there with a couple of friends. My friend told them to wait in their truck and he would get the money for the employee who was quitting. That was when they all got out of the truck, 2 of them had tire irons, and one had a piece of pipe in their hands. Again he told them to get back in their truck but they just laughed and moved toward him. At that point, he pulled his .38 revolver and told them to “get the hell out of here”, which they were only too happy to do. He wrote down the license number of their truck and reported that and their actions to the local sheriff’s department. A few days later, these guys were arrested for another crime. When the sheriff’s deputies searched the home where these guys were living, they found stolen goods from a number of robberies, including wallets, purses, jewelry, electronics, tools, etc. These guys are going down for a long time and my friend is very likely alive to tell the tale ONLY because he was armed and ready to defend himself.

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