Tue 23 Aug, 2011 06:30 pm
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
EDITORIAL: No Gunfights At The Saloon
Crime rate drops
as concealed-carry restrictions are relaxed
Whether it’s the economy or gun control, liberals rarely consider
the consequences of their misguided schemes. Obama wants more
“investment” spending to help the economy even though his nearly
$1 trillion in supposed stimulus did nothing to reduce unemployment.
Keynesian economics didn’t work under Franklin D. Roosevelt or
Jimmy Carter, either, but the left refuses to learn the lesson.
Now we know that gun-grabber complaints about concealed-carry
of guns in bars and restaurants are nonsense too.
Earlier this month, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reviewed Virginia State Police
records and found the number of firearms-related crimes committed
in establishments that serve alcohol dropped 5 percent a year after
concealed-carry license holders could legally pack heat while out on the town.
There were 145 gun crimes reported in taverns and eateries a year
after the law took effect, compared with 153 before. The Times-Dispatch
could only identify a single license holder who had misbehaved,
though gun charges later were dropped against that person.
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Gun owners tend to be law-abiding
members of their communities. Allowing legally concealed-carry at the
local watering hole did nothing to change that. The Virginia Association
of Chiefs of Police worked overtime to defeat restaurant carry,
urging Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto the bill in March of last year.
“Allowing guns in bars is a recipe for disaster,” Virginia Beach Police Chief
Jake Jacocks Jr. wrote. “We can fully expect that at some point in the future,
a disagreement that today would likely end up in a verbal confrontation,
or a bar fight, will inevitably end with gunfire if you sign this legislation
into law.” The shootouts never happened.
Chief Jacocks said in his letter that he didn’t presume to interpret
the Second Amendment but that he knew it would be irresponsible to allow
“anyone other than a law enforcement officer” [“equal protection of the laws”???]
to carry a handgun in a bar.
Allowing people other than police to protect themselves with firearms
is exactly what the right to keep and bear arms is all about.
When Mr. Obama took office, the public flocked to gun stores,
fearing the imposition of new gun-control measures.
Despite the unprecedented number of new gun owners, FBI crime statistics
showed violent crime decreased 5.5 percent nationwide between
2010 and 2009. In Virginia’s major cities, the drop was 9 percent.
The arguments of the gun-control crowd are like an annoying barfly that
needs to be sent home. Expanding the legal rights of gun owners
makes everyone safer.
[All emfasis and red text have been added by David.]
Everyone has a natural right
to defend his life from the predatory violence
of criminals or of animals.