"A full 86 percent feel that casualties would have been reduced ... in recent tragedies like Newtown and Aurora if a legally-armed citizen was present."Murdered Senator Pinckney voted to ensure his church is a gun-free massacre zone and tragically suffered the consequences - along with eight fellow parishioners. If the slain Democratic Senator had survived, would the attack have changed his mind like Ohio Democrat Representative Michael Debose?
"The FBI report says that violent crime continues to fall nationwide, which might annoy liberals because gun purchases continue to rise. In the first six months of 2013 “All violent crime showed decreases... compared with the first six months of 2012,” according to the FBI. Overall, violent crime in the U.S. fell by 5.4 percent. The left likes to link violent crime to the proliferation of guns in the country, so it’s worth noting that the crime reductions described in the FBI report correlate with a steady increase in firearm sales."But that’s not all, it shows that even more guns cause even less crime:
"Gun-ownership rates in the South (50%) far exceed gun-ownership rates in the Northeast (22%), yet violent crime is down more in the South than in the Northeast, according to the FBI statistics."Front-line police officers know that legally armed citizens reduce crime . Why should honest citizens suffer because naive people understand neither criminal motivation nor that even more guns in law-abiding hands cause even less crime?
"I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to go to [gun-free Morton Grove, Illinois,]
but I wouldn't step foot in [well-armed Kennesaw, Georgia.]''
"I was wrong, I'm going to get a permit and so is my wife. I've changed my mind. You need a way to protect yourself and your family. If more people were packing guns, it might serve as a deterrent."
Devout Democrat Justin Cronin's anti-gun beliefs were challenged when fleeing Hurricane Rita in a SUV with his wife and children. He had "not so much as a heavy book to throw" to defend his loved ones - which eliminated his lifelong aversion to guns!
There are substantial upside benefits and little downside risk to encouraging your law-abiding citizens to be able to defend their families from violent criminals, rapists, refugees, and terrorists, so who nurtures the fiction that guns in law-abiding hands increase crime?
"Our ordinance told our violent criminals that all our citizens are armed, it persuaded them to live somewhere else, don't attack anyone here, you'll get shot!"
– Mayor Mark Mathews, City of Kennesaw, Georgia
"The number of CPL [concealed pistol license] holders running around the city of Detroit act as a deterrent.
"Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction. I learned that real quick in the state of Maine ... Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed."
– Police Chief James Craig, Detroit, Michigan
"The publicity we got from our Universal Gun Ownership ordinance was great. It certainly cut down on the amount of property crimes and person crimes we've had in the City.
"We're not seeing burglaries, we're not seeing robberies, we're not seeing rapes, we haven't had anyone shot, stabbed, or beaten..."
– Police Chief Jim Koury, City of Nelson, Georgia
"With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back; but are you prepared?
"Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family."
– Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin