Gun Owners Least Likely Criminals, Report Finds
August 11, 2016 3 Comments
There is nothing here that we didn’t know, but like many of you, I find myself repeated these things ad nauseum, not because the left will suddenly realize the truth, but because there is still the ‘great middle’ of people who may be influenced.
In any case,
[…] With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers,” the report reads. “For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher—3,813 per hundred thousand people.”
The study refers to Texas and Florida, which it says mirror most other states, to compare permit holders with police and the overall population. It used data from 1987 through 2015.
“We find that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate for police officers,” the report says. “Among police, firearms violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 officers. Among permit holders in Florida and Texas, the rate is only 2.4 per 100,000.10. That is just one-seventh of the rate for police officers.”
Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott, a noted economist, said the finding is not surprising considering the rigorous process it takes to get a concealed-carry permit.
“The type of person that would go through the process, one in which you can often lose the license for fairly trivial offenses,” Lott told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “They are reluctant to use the the guns in a wrong way because they have a lot to lose if they do something wrong.”
All very true, of course. What is unstated is that permit holders are people that have something to lose, both to the lawbreakers, which is often why they are permit holders, but also for misusing the weapon themselves. Such people think before they act, and that makes them very safe guardians of lethal force.
It’s also why permit holders must not be conflated with illegal concealed carriers, if you can’t see the difference there, well I’m sorry for you, for they are huge and manifest.
And of course, that is why the gun-grabbers such as Bloomberg do their very best to so conflate, because if they admit that truth, then their entire argument falls, and they’d have to do something that we spoke of yesterday. Admit that we are responsible for our actions, not our tools. Not fire, and not guns, either. It’s the person with the match, or behind the trigger, that is responsible for what the tool does. I’ve never once, not ever, blamed a carpenter’s saw for cutting the board too short. I have heard it blamed on using one’s wife’s tape measure, it’s often said that one says six inches is eight inches, but I wouldn’t know.
And that is what carrying a sidearm is really all about. It’s saying that I am a grown man or women, who is in all cases responsible for myself, and my safety. No wonder the left it hates it so, not only are such people able to think and act on their own, they are perfectly willing to take responsibility for their actions.
They are not ever going to become dependent on the state, and the left’s program cannot work without dependency on the state. That’s why the argument never ends, and never will.
But you know there is another word almost exactly describing someone who takes personal responsibility. He’s called a free man.