Letter: The Supreme Court and the 2nd Amendment

Letter: The Supreme Court and the 2nd Amendment

Letter: The Supreme Court and the 2nd Amendment When I saw the recent article entitled, “ A Supreme Threat of Gun Violence in Second Amendment Fight ” and further saw that the author, a Ph.D. scientist working for the Brady anti-gun group, had a son who was shot and killed, I sadly knew two things. The author had suffered tragedy, and no claim of data on his part could be considered credible. Ponder this. The author claims with certainty that “But data shows that allowing people to carry guns in public with few restrictions is unsafe. Gun crimes and deaths increase dramatically. Research found that states that relax concealed carry laws have a 13-15% higher violent crime rates within 10 years.” Really? What studies? There are no references. And scientists know how to mention a reference. But here, nothing. So I did my own study using the FBI database (not the Brady or NRA data). Here is an interesting fact. Here in New England we have an interesting experiment being run. Massachusetts is considered highly restrictive regarding who it allows to carry load firearms in public. Its violent crime rate is 308.8 offenses per 100,000. To the north of us, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont all have constitutional carry. Anyone may carry a firearm loaded and concealed. What are their violent crime rates? Maine: 108.6. New Hampshire: 146.4. Vermont: 173.4. In other words, the local states that have the very scheme the author is fear mongering over, are anywhere […]

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