Saturday, May 26, 2007

Liberal Paranoia About Guns Proven Untrue in Missouri

No change three years after concealed-carry law

It's permit renewal time for a lot of private citizens in Missouri who carry weapons, and the effect of the controversial concealed-carry law remains what it's been from the start: nil.

Police say it hasn't increased crime, nor reduced it. People don't seem to be shooting others, or themselves, by accident in any greater numbers.

Perhaps most telling is that the St. Louis County Police Department has no record of ever responding to a single call that someone had carried a gun into one of the many restricted locations.

"When they were debating this, one side was saying it was going to reduce crime and another was saying it was going to cause gunfights in the streets," Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said.


In Jefferson County, Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer said permits were issued to a wide array of people — young and old, men and women, doctors and real agents. He said women are heavily represented among renewals.

Frankly, it's not about whether or not crime is reduced. If it is, fine. (And statistically, it is.) But the first reason for possessing a concealed carry permit is for personal protection. It's about having the means and the will to defend yourself in an ugly situation. Reducing crime is only a secondary benefit.



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