An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
–Robert A. Heinlein
Six years ago, Michigan made it much easier to get a license to carry a concealed weapon. Since then, the number of Michigan residents carrying legal concealed weapons has increased more than six-fold. The usual anti-gun rhetoric would tell us that there must be a lot of increased violence in Michigan. In fact, surely every morning the police are busy picking up the bodies that are scattered about … victims of gun-wielding citizens.
Sorry … the typical anti-gun rhetoric would be wrong.
According to law enforcement officials, the incidence of violent crime in Michigan since the law went into effect has been below the rate of the previous six years. In other words, there was less crime once citizens were able to arm themselves. The overall incidence of death from firearms has also gone down. The police chief says that the general consensus is that things were not as bad as they expected.
Well that’s not surprising. After all, studies of concealed weapons laws show that crime rates reduce when citizens are allowed easier access to concealed weapons. Let me correct that though. It’s only “not surprising” to people who have a clue. Predictably, Leftards and Nanny-Staters are flabbergasted by this development.
In a letter to the Detroit Free Press in July 2001, one Kenneth Levin referred to the “inevitable first victim of road or workplace rage as a result of this law.” Last month, Levin said he suspected “it probably hasn’t turned out as bad as I thought. I don’t think I was wrong, but my worst fears weren’t realized.” [emphasis mine]
In other words: “Just because the catastrophic scenario I claimed was going to come about never actually came about, that doesn’t mean I was wrong!” Where have I heard that before?
P.S. A note to responsible gun-owners. If and when it finally sinks in for these lefties that they were just plain flat-out slap-me-stupid wrong, they are liable to become despondent. Please keep your weapons where they cannot get at them, for their own safety.