One of the single most effective aspects of concealed carry, is its basic deterrent effect on crime in general. Now I’m sure any gun grabber worth his salt will start quoting a dozen academic studies that find “no correlation” between crime rates and concealed carry, but remember that 90% of collage professors are self confessed liberals ( IE Progressives… but that’s a different topic)
Why on earth do you need an “expert study” to explain basic common sense? Especially since most so called experts seem to posses almost no common sense.
Lets break it down for the “experts” so perhaps even they can get it…
QUESTION: If you are going to commit a crime, do you want a helpless victim? Or one that can fight back?
ANSWER: You want a helpless victim.
Now can anyone tell me ANY set of circumstances where this is not true other than mental instability, or chemical inebriation?
And YES… IT’S THAT SIMPLE!
Therefore, if the crooks do not know who is armed and who isn’t, they will be less likely to attack, and thus crime goes DOWN!
Experts can go on for days about ‘socio-economic issues’ or ‘racial profiling’ or any of a hundred other factors they claim are more important, but when you come down to it, once a man makes the decision to commit a crime, regardless of how he got there, he still considers his survival before anything else because what good is the crime if he will not live to enjoy the spoils…
Again, nothing complex, just basic human nature and survival instinct. And it overrides the experts ‘reasons’ every time… that is why it’s called human nature. It is bred into the bones of EVERY person on the planet, regardless of ANY other factor.
That basic survival instinct overrides everything else, and if you are intellectually honest at all you will admit this. It does not matter how you got to that point, that does not effect basic human nature. This is true of every person ever born, from the lowliest street-sweeper to the richest Midas. EVERYONE wants to survive.
SO the fact that people in an area have the right to carry their own weapons WILL figure into the criminals calculations. It is an indisputable FACT of logic. No studies or surveys to the contrary can ever change that simple basic aspect of human nature. .. Everyone wants to SURVIVE!
Now that accounts for the majority of crime, but how about the mentally unstable or the chemically inebriated? Does it deter them?
No of course not. When your brain is addled, logic goes out the window… but concealed carry still helps even in those circumstances.
It is just a simple matter of odds.
Currently the US population is approx. 319 million.
And despite recent increases, the US still only has about 1.1 million cops.
You do the math. Can one cop protect 300 civilians at all times?
Consider that the minimum most private security firms use to protect a single individual 24/7/365 is 9. Three 8-hour shifts, of three men each.
So who is actually responsible for protecting you?
ANSWER: YOU ARE!
And no matter how you frame it, every single licensed and trained concealed carry holder out there is one more chance to stop the random nut-job or drugged out idiot when they do pop up.
The Hoplophobiacs (people who fear weapons) always want to paint anyone who carries as some sort of slavering, bloodthirsty psychopath. But the honest truth is, we’re the sane ones. We are the ones that understand the logic and the odds, and know that when the time comes the only person we can count on to defend ourselves and our loved ones is OURSELVES.
Despite the diligent job they do, most police arrive in time to draw the chalk outlines.
I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to have my last portrait drawn in chalk.