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Concealed Carry Proves Guns Are The Solution To Gun Violence

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Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- Concealed carry reduces crime, period–but especially violent crime.

And while mainstream news outlets like MSNBC justify pushing more gun control by seizing on one incident of violent crime–like the shooting of Christopher Lane in Oklahoma or the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary–they overlook thousands of defensive uses of guns that take place every day.

Yes, thousands.

In his seminal work, “More Guns, Less Crime,” scholar John Lott brought together FBI crime stats to show not only that concealed carry lowers crime but that it it lowers violent crime especially.

During the early 1990s, as concealed carry laws were being instituted around the country, Lott observed the impact on crime at the county level:

“When state concealed-carry handgun laws went into effect in a county, murder fell by about 8 percent, rapes fell by 5 percent, and aggravated assaults fell by 7 percent.”

The crime savings was so great that Lott found that if all counties not subject to discretionary concealed carry laws had been “subject to state concealed carry handgun laws and had thus been forced to issue handgun permits, murder rates [in the U.S.] would have declined by about 1,400.”

In other words, guns are part of the solution to violence in this country.

One other point: Lott cites polls and studies from the mid-1990s which show that even at that time, when the popularity of concealed carry was much lower than today, “defensive uses of guns per year” were between 760,000 and 3.6 million.

Yet the mainstream media seizes on one criminal use of a gun to ban guns altogether?

As Breitbart News reported in January 2013–when the push to ban “assault weapons” was at its apex–FBI crime stats show more people are killed by hammers and clubs each year than by rifles.

Yet the mainstream media wants to ban AR-15s and AK-47s?

Guns are part of the solution to the very problem for which they are being blamed.

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AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

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  • 12 User comments to “Concealed Carry Proves Guns Are The Solution To Gun Violence”

    1. MeMikeT on August 27, 2013 at 8:24 AM said:

      The only thing that picture shows is that this guy is going to shoot himself in the butt for sure. Finger on the trigger is a no no. LOL

    2. Buck Crosby on August 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM said:

      An armed society is a civil society , and without civility we are ALL muslims .

    3. Campbell on August 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM said:

      I saw the same thing and thought..what the heck?? A bullet in the butt!

    4. Inquisitor on August 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM said:

      The Supreme Court has held that the 2nd Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms for the protection of self and others. Law enforcement carry firearms for protection of self and others.

      Law enforcement personnel almost universally carry semiautomatic pistols containing magazines with 15 to 19 round capacity, loaded with high pressure (P+) hollow-point ammunition. They also carry, on average, 2 spare magazines with that same capacity and ammunition. As for long-guns, the most common long gun carried in law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams is the AR-15 [type] rifle along with multiple 30 round magazines.

      The most popular handgun in the US is the Glock 17 with a STANDARD magazine capacity of 17 rounds and with a magazine extension the capacity is 19 rounds which is what many police carry. The most popular rifle is the AR-15 type with STANDARD magazines of 30 round capacity for 5.56 NATO (.223) and 20 rounds for 7.62 NATO (.308).

      If these weapons, ammunition and magazines are the standard, most common, selected for protection of self and others, why are the Democratic politicians at all levels of government trying to ban exactly these weapons and magazines for everyone EXCEPT government agents and law enforcement. Under the recent Supreme Court rulings those bans and regulations are clearly an infringement of the US Constitution, 2nd Amendment!

      GLOCK 17 Gen4 Pistol

    5. Vom Brunhaus on August 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM said:

      The NAACP does not permit FBI crime statistics by RACE case you didnt know. The FBI discarded this system many yrs. ago.

    6. Carrying in small of the back? Check.

      Carrying without a holster? Check.

      Gripping pistol far down the grip? Check.

      Finger inside or alongside the trigger guard? Check.

      Model and/or photographer confirmed as ignorant with respect to concealed carry. Complete knowledge that they have has come from television and movies.

    7. @Polar: …not to mention that the safety is off.

      Ammoland: you do all lawful carriers a disservice by using ignorant photos like this, it only supports the prejudice that lawful carriers are irresponsible idiots. Please have someone who is familiar with firearms check your images before publication. Thanks.

    8. Echo what Polar and John Hardin said.

      Why are you using such an ignorant photo to address concealed carry? IDIOTS! That photo looks like something from the Gangland TV series.

    9. I don’t think I would have the thing in my pants with safety off and finger on the trigger. This picture gives gun grabbers more ammo because of an unsafe picture to everyone. Get a brain.

    10. @MeMikeT, pistol in the front of pants is a good way to get yourself castrated too.

    11. If you are in need of the perfect concealed carry pistol i am GIVING AWAY A FREE HANDGUN to anyone interested! As part of my second amendment blitzkrieg I’m going on the offensive! support and like our Facebook page http://youtu.be/2FNH4g1EHPM

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