I am going on record right now calling for a ban on all bicycle riding by individuals under the age of 18. It’s just not acceptable for a civilized society to knowingly subject it’s children to the dangerous of bike riding. Why you ask would I call for such a ban, because more children die every year in bicycle accidents then do from firearms. That is one of the many facts found in the book, “More Guns, Less Crime” by John R. Lott Jr.
Mr. Lott concludes through his research that when private citizens exercise their right to keep and bear arms, crime is reduced. When the peoples right to self protection is infringed, crime goes up. This fact only comes as a surprise to those on the left who make it their mission in life to control every aspect of the lives of their fellow Americans.
Mr. Lott was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission which is the federal organization that sets the penalties for the violation of federal law. Lott states, “When I saw the huge life saving effects of owning a gun, I decided to get a gun.” This is a conclusion that many rational people have come to when they made the decision to take on the responsibility for their own safety and security.
Mr. Lotts research revealed many interesting facts, yes facts that contradict many of the baseless accretions made by the antis. Among them are that mass shootings are more common in those states that prohibited individuals from carry concealed weapons. People who use a firearm to resist a badguy are significantly less like to experience a serious injury during a violent crime. Possession of concealed handguns does not equal an increase in accidental deaths or suicide and Mr. Lott found that if a burglar thinks a homeowner might be armed, they are less likely to attempt a break in.
What about the claim by some that more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens leads to an increased danger to law enforcement? Not so says Lott as he discovered, not surprisingly I might add that no holder of a concealed weapons permit has ever shot a police officer, in fact there are instances when those permitted to carry concealed have used their weapon to save an officers life.
Lott has plenty of statistics to support the claims made in his book. For instance he found that for every 1 percent decline in gun ownership in a certain locality, there was a 3 percent increase in violent crimes. Many will say that when you are attacked, you should just give in to your attacker and everything will be all right. Lott found that a women was 2.5 times more likely to suffer a serious injury as a result of a violent crime compared to a women who resisted with a gun.
John R. Lott, JR. offers very compelling evidence that supports the benefits of private firearm ownership and the right to carry a firearm concealed. Most of us who regularly carry a firearm already know the benefits but it doesn’t hurt every now and then to have what we know validated, especially when those on the other side have no evidence or factual data to support their argument that guns lead to an increase in crime and should be kept out of the hands of law abiding citizens. For some, facts don’t matter I guess.
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