This is part 4 of a seven-series tearing apart an article , Busted! 7 Myths About Concealed Carry, Debunked.linked by linked by specacularly ill-informed DFL House candidate Sara Freeman – who deleted a couple of honest, civil and pointed comments from a post on her campaign’s Facebook page in which she linked to an article from a group called “Resist the Gun Lobby”, entitled (deep breath):
The next myth proves, yet again, that the writers think their readers are dumber than they think their targets are:
MYTH 3: Laws that make it easier for people to carry concealed guns will reduce crime. Every year, millions of gun owners and concealed carry permit holders use firearms defensively, thwarting crime and attackers.
And the provenance of the article’s claim about the, er, claim?
In this piece from Breitbart, Second Amendment columnist Awr Hawkins writes, “It is interesting to note that the murder rate dropped by 14 percent while concealed carry permits surged. And “the overall violent crime rate” dropped by 21 percent. This is not what the left tells us will happen if concealed carry expands.”
Not exactly where anyone goes for the latest facts on the subject.
But the so-called “bust?”
There is no credible statistical evidence that shows that weak concealed carry laws reduce crime.
There is plenty of evidence that upholding the citizen’s right to self-defense does, in fact, lower crime rates. John Lott, for starters, who after 20 years stands unrefuted. The rules interfering with that right may or may not be relevant, but crime drops.
Part five is on the way!