More Guns, Please

by Rory, The Daily CoinAn armed society is a polite society.” – Robert A. Heinlein According to a recent study violent crime in America, contrary to what you hear on the mainstream media almost daily, is down a whopping 51% since 1991. The NRA tweeted, “Since ’91, Americans have acquired over 170 million new firearms and violent crimes have declined by 51%.” This information squares with the findings of a Congressional Research Service (CRS) study covering the slightly shorter period of time from 1994 to 2009. For those years, CRS found that Americans purchased approximately 118 million firearms, and the 1993 “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate of 6.6 per 100,000 fell to 3.6 per 100,000 by the year 2000. It eventually fell all the way to 3.2 per 100,000 in 2011. So, the U.S. governments own findings are as follows–more law abiding citizens owning guns, means a lot less violent crime, period. All the people running around screaming about the sky falling and turn in your weapons need to stand up, shut up and get to your local gun shop ASAP, as long as you can pass the back ground check, which is as follows in a lot, if not all, states. gun If you think you have what it takes to pass the long list of requirements above, please get armed and do your part to reduce violent crime in your neighborhood. The law abiding citizens in America are such a great example that the country of Panama is following our lead and passing a law to encourage citizens to arm themselves to help curb violent crime. That speaks in volume about central planning and how poorly it works. If the citizens are allowed to be free, life is better for everyone, except the criminals. When central planners run the show and criminality spews from the top, and when you have central planning as your base it will be corrupt, the citizens will become corrupt and plagued with crime. If the federal government of the United States would follow the Constitution the citizens of this country would, once again, be the envy of the world. But for now, the law abiding citizens in the U.S. have at least one fan outside our borders: Panama.

The nation of Panama has looked at their rising crime rate and increased gang activity, and has decided that the only thing that will stop bad guys with guns is law-abiding citizens with guns. Criminals, by definition, don’t obey laws. And those intent on committing a crime with a gun will not be deterred by gun control laws. But, with few exceptions, even criminals believe in self-preservation, and are less likely to attack someone capable of fighting back. Hence, the importance of the right to arm and defend oneself and others.

I have long explained to my wife that criminals are lazy and scared. If a criminal, with few exceptions, believes there is an easier mark than one that he currently faces, he will move along.

These pro-Second Amendment arguments are familiar to us here in the United States, but the “more guns, less crime” experience of the U.S. is being trumpeted in a somewhat unlikely place: Panama. The Central American nation has been struggling with rising crime, gang activity and forged gun permits. In order to address these problems, and promote personal safety, the government is preparing to lift its ban on firearms imports, in place since 2012, so that citizens may better defend themselves. [Source]

But what about here in the U.S, what does the data show? What prompted a nation state, Panama, to reverse course, change the law and encourage their citizens to arm themselves? That is a very dramatic change of course. One of the primary ways gun laws in much of the country have been loosened is through the easing of restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon. A number of states no longer require a government permit at all. A recent report from the Crime Prevention Research Center, a nonprofit organization established by the man who literally wrote the book on “More Guns, Less Crime,” John R. Lott Jr., examines this trend, since just prior to the beginning of the Obama administration, and its relation to falling rates of violent crime. Among the study’s findings are the following: • “Between 2007-14, murder rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.2 (preliminary estimates) per 100,000. This represents a 25 percent drop in the murder rate at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with permits soared by 178 percent. Overall violent crime also fell by 25 percent over that period of time.” • “Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors or felonies at one-sixth the rate that police officers are convicted.” • While 5.2 percent of the U.S. population has a concealed carry permit, the rate is only 0.24 percent in California. According to the CPRC study, “State level permit data suggest that each 1 percentage point increase in the adult population holding permits is roughly associated with a 25 percent drop in the murder rate.” However, “Giving government officials discretion in who gets permits reduces the percent of adults who get permits by more than two-thirds.” [Source] Did I read that right; In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors or felonies at one-sixth the rate that police officers are convicted. What does that tell you about the “blue-shirts”, at least in Florida and Texas? Remember, these are the people that are suppose to represent the law and they are being convicted at higher rates than the law abiding citizens. Are you kidding me!? So, kids. The next time you run into one of those “conspiracy theorist” that think guns are bad and guns commit violent crimes and go on killing sprees, point to any of the data points in this article. That should leave them scratching their heads or wanting to hang you from the nearest lamp post!

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