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Monday, January 4, 2010

Guns Made America Great

Aggie mentioned that she's going to be doing some posting on the topic of firearms. Yea! I happened to come across this today at The Corner at National Review Online. Thought I'd share, since it's in keeping with the theme.

Fun With Numbers [Jonah Goldberg]
Bart Hinkle writes:

More than 900 black males between the ages of 14 and 17 killed somebody in 2007. Should we be scared of young black guys?

Of course not. There are roughly 3 million black males in that age group in the United States. It would be horribly unfair to toss around the first statistic without mentioning the second; doing so would be misleading, if not malicious.

Now consider this statistic: Concealed handgun permit holders have killed 107 people since 2007. That news, from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., sounds pretty bad — until you put it in context. How many Americans have been issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon?

The Violence Policy Center doesn't say. And it's probably impossible to pin down a precise number, because records are kept on a state-by-state basis, and reporting criteria differ from state to state. But NRA estimates put the number in the neighborhood of 5 million, as of a couple of years ago....

If that's true, then the percentage of concealed-carry permit holders who have killed someone with a firearm comes to two one-thousandths of 1 percent. Yet to listen to the VPC's Kristen Brand — who says "concealed handgun permit holders are killing people over parking spaces, football games, and family arguments" — you'd think the cohort of permit holders was as dangerous as the gang at Rikers Island.


And one more thing... . How many of those concealed carry permit holders would themselves been killed by one of those 107 people? I do NOT want to ever shoot anyone. But I'll be damned if I'll be taken out by anyone else. Fortunately, the probability of my being killed is pretty low. There hasn't been a murder in my county since before 1980. Check your city or county's crime stats here.

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