"What Mayor Bloomberg Doesn't Know About Police and Guns"
This article in today's Wall Street Journal is by John Lott whom you may remember from my recent post, "More guns, are you kidding me?" I quoted John Lott and referenced his book, "More guns, less crime."
In today's WSJ opinion piece, John Lott says that most police chiefs and police officers overwhelmingly support law-abiding citizens having the right to carry weapons. Why? Maybe it's because they know they they can't really protect most citizens; they know they can't be there on-the-spot when most crimes are committed.
John Lott also makes another point that I hear brought up all the time as a "straw man" for not allowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons. There is NO case on record of a permit holder accidentally shooting an innocent bystander.
|Jeanne Assam, the heroine who shot|
and killed the New Life Church shooter.
Finally, John Lott also cites the case of the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs in December 2007. There were 7,000 people inside when an armed gunman came onto the church property and began shooting, killing two people and wounding others. What stopped this killer was a parishioner who had permission to carry a concealed weapon. What might have happened if one or more moviegoers at the Century theater in Aurora, Colorado had been carrying a concealed weapon? Maybe, just maybe, many more lives might have been spared.
When you read about the lunacy of NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, you would hope that he would consider the words of our Founding Fathers:
"[It is] in the law of nature for every man to defend himself, and unlawful for any man to deprive him of those weapons of self-defence [sic]."---
BostonIndependent Chronicle, 1787.
"Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion . . . in private self-defense."----John Adams, in "A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the
United States of America," 1787-88.
"[T]he right of the citizens to bear arms in defence [sic] of themselves and the State, and to assemble peaceably together . . . shall not be questioned."---
ProvidenceGazette and Country Journal (RI), 1790.
"Congress shall never disarm any citizen, unless such [they] are or have been in actual rebellion."---from the Constitutional ratification convention of the state of
New Hampshire, 1788.