(National Sentinel) Second Amendment: Remember when the movement to enact concealed carry laws really began in earnest several years ago? On cue, liberal Democrats howled that such laws would lead to “blood in the streets” as gun-totin’ angry ‘Mericans shot it out in gun battle after gun battle.
As reported by Breitbart News:
A Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) study shows that concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding of law-abiding citizens in the country.
For example, for 2016 the study shows that just .0092% of Louisiana permit holders were charged with a felony in 2016. And in 2015 there “were 25,208 violent crimes in Louisiana, with 19 felony charges or convictions against permit holders.” Assuming the felonies were violent and the charges against permit holders stand, this still means permit holders only represent .08% of those who committed violent crimes.
Moreover, “the vast majority of … [cases involving concealed permit holders] are unlikely to involve firearms.”
According to CPRC, the percentage of Michigan concealed permit holders convicted of aggravated assault in 2015-2016 was .003%. The percentage of Michigan permit holders convicted of aggravated assaults in 2014-2015 was .002%
Shifting to Minnesota, the percentage of concealed permit holders convicted of assault in 2016 was .000%, the percentage convicted in 2015 was .000%, and the percentage in 2014 was .000%.
CPRC shows the percentage of Oregon “permit holders who were convicted of any type of felony, violent or nonviolent” in 2016 was .0074%. CPRC stresses that “these cases are unlikely to involve firearms.”
In Oklahoma, the percentage of permit holders convicted of a felony in 2016 was .0071%, in 2015 it was .0062%, in 2014 it was .0069%, and in 2013 it was .0078%.
So no running gun battles on the highways and byways of America. No rivers of blood in the streets — unless of course, you happen to live in parts of Chicago, Baltimore, and other Democrat-run gun-free zones where ruling Leftists have made it impossible to defend yourself.
The fact is, whatever the Left says about guns and gun control is always wrong. But beyond that, the founders wrote, and the states ratified, the Second Amendment because they believed in an individual’s right to keep and bear arms — for defense against ne’er-do-wells and an abusive, tyrannical government.
That gun owners and concealed carry holders are among the most civilized, polite and law-abiding among us prove again that they not only understand that founding principle but the responsibility that goes along with preserving it.