In Defense of Concealed Carry

There is much talk of “gun control” in the US, with a great deal of the focus being dispossessing citizens of the means to defend themselves from the criminal elements that commit crimes. Focus needs to be also on the vast majority of gun owners who do not break the law…like concealed carry permitted citizens.

Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic examines this:

The population of concealed-carry permit holders in the U.S. now exceeds 9 million, and this group is responsible for very little crime — they commit crime at a rate lower than the general population, and lower than police officers, and they certainly, as a rule, don’t open fire on anyone who looks threatening. They are not the problem, and concealed-carry generally is not the problem. It may even be part of a solution, until such time as a giant magnet appears over the continental U.S. and sucks into the sky America’s civilian-owned weapons, or until the gun control movement convinces the majority of Americans who believe in private weapons ownership to open a debate about the 2nd Amendment. 

As we have seen here in Kawhia, where police back up was over 70kms away so too is the focus coming on the unassailable facts that if you dispossess citizens with their legal right to defend themselves, then you are placing the safety of the civilian population in the hands of the police…who as in Kawhia need defense themselves…and in the case of Sandy Hook took more than 20 minutes to arrive on scene.

In the meantime, I can’t get two Newtown numbers out of my head: 26, the number of people, mainly small children, who were murdered in the school; and 20, the number of minutes it took the police to arrive.


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  • Gazzaw

    Using Kawhia as example then how many of the cop’s assailants could be carrying concealed weapons?

    • None because they would not have qualified, but plenty of others there would have.

    • Rodger T

      Well,none legally ,at least.

  • Hieronymous Parsonsen

    I warmly recommend the excellent article by Mark Steyn on gun control and the enfeebling of British society in which those who defend themselves are penalised – cuts through the bullshit about guns and crime. . . at:

    • cows4me

      Brilliant article HP, thank you. This should be shoved up the noses of every politician that utters the words gun control. But the truth is it’s all be about the power of the state, it’s various organs, to screw over and fuck with their citizens at their leisure and to know they are defenseless.

  • cows4me

    Had the displeasure of watching Piers the pommy puller interviewing Ben Shaprio the other day. God this pom needs to go back to his liberal shit hole in Britian. He just can’t get into his pea sized brain what the 2nd amendment actually means. He rants and raves about semi autos and why anyone would require them and he can’t understand how anyone could believe their own governemnt could turn on them. The guy needs a reality check and a few history lessons . I’m sure the present administration would love to limit everyone to flintlock rifles. I see real reasons why Americans should be well armed given the idiots that govern them.