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Permit Carry Expands Expanded

In "Permit Cary Expands" I pointed out that CCW permit holders are five times less likely than the general population to commit a crime. Several writers asked for backup. It's easy to derive yourself if your state publishes CCW info by taking the numbers of permits revoked for cause, drawing a ratio to all permit holders, and comparing that to crime rates. The National Center for Policy Analysis has stats posted for Texas (showing a 14-times reduction for non-violent crimes too). http://www.ncpa.org/pi/crime/pd101300a.html.

This should not be surprising, they point out, since permit holders are a self-selected set of people seeking to avoid crime, who undergo training and police checks, setting them in a class you would expect to have lower crime stats than people selected at random. If you want to pursue this check this out -- the virulently anti-rights Violence Policy Center screamed about Texas permitees committing two violent crimes per month. Even assuming that's true (VPCs numbers are notoriously unreliable), with more than a quarter million permits issued, that's less than 10 per 100,000 per year. Most cities have rape rates that alone are two to five times greater than that. All in all, a permit holder sitting next to you is the least of your worries.

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Heath

It's amazing that those who want our guns refuse to see (or admit) the logic that an armed society is safer than an unarmed society.

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