Tuesday, January 08, 2008

More legal guns = fewer gun deaths

Fark headline:

Gun deaths fall after new rules making it easier to get license to carry resulted in a six-fold increase of people packing heat

Detroit Free Press story

Michigan sees fewer gun deaths -- with more permits

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.


There is a twenty plus year example of how more legal guns reduce crime: Kennesaw, GA.

In the early 1980's Kennesaw enacted a law which required homeowners to own a firearm. This law allows the residents to file for an exemption, and many homeowners have recieved an exemption and do not own a gun.
But the majority of Kennesaw household have a gun.
Since this law was enacted there have zero (0) gun deaths in Kennesaw.
Crime in Kennesaw dropped 70% in the first 2 years, and has stayed at this greatly reduced level.

Our right to bear arms is the best way to prevent crime. Allow law abiding citizens to carry a weapon and they will protect their community from criminals.

I hope the US Supreme Court is aware of this.

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