Thursday, July 23, 2015

For More Americans, Owning A Gun = Safety

John R. Lott Jr offers a piece at on the growing number of people who own guns and have a licence to carry.

Americans are increasingly convinced that owning a gun makes them safer.

A new Rasmussen poll found that an overwhelming margin of Americans (68 to 22 percent) “feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed.” And a series of polls by Gallup, Pew Research Center, and ABC News/Washington Post show similar results.

But it isn’t just what people say. They are clearly putting increased stock in self-defense. Since 2007, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared from 4.6 million to 12.8 million. A new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center finds that a record 1.7 million permits have been issued in just the past year. This is a 15.4 percent increase.

While 5.2 percent of adults nationwide have a permit, in Pennsylvania it is almost 11 percent, ranking it fourth in the country. More than 1 million Pennsylvanians have permits.

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  1. Criminals might be willing to go to prison, but very few are willing to be shot; hence, if non-criminals are well-armed, they are less likely to be victimized by the cowards with gunshot aversion. However, give the wrong politicians enough time, the non-criminals will be in big trouble because guns will begin to disappear (except in the armories of the government, and in the criminals' hands). Then there is this: guns without bullets are fairly useless, and there are plenty of politicians who would love to limit access to bullets. But I could be wrong.

  2. R.T.,

    They would if they could, but right now the public is in favor of gun rights.

    Stay well, shipmate.