January 1st, Kansas’ concealed carry law went into affect. Of course, I was in Philly, so I didn’t get to go down to the DMV and get my ID until Tuesday. People have been asking me if I’m really such a sissy that I need to carry a gun around.
The short answer is no. I don’t feel I need to carry a gun 99.9999999999% of the time. However, there are certain places I’m forced to go at the beheast of my job, where a normal sane person would not want to go unarmed.
The funny thing for me has been watching the reaction of the anti-gun folks here in Kansas. For months before the law went into affect, all we heard was how it was going to be a bloodbath in Kansas starting in January. Anti-gunners were encouraging businesses all over the metro to post no-carry signs (which makes it illegal for licensed CCL holders from entering).
There has been no bloodbath. In fact, there hasn’t even been a negligent discharge of a firearm by any CCL holder in Kansas. I’d go so far as to say that CCL holders are the LEAST likely people to be involved in a shooting. Why?
Well, good question. Kansas CCL holders have done all of the following:
1. Taken a class on the Kansas law and on the use of deadly force.
2. Passed a written test on the law with 100%.
3. Passed a marksmanship live-fire test.
4. Been fingerprinted by their County Sherriff’s office.
5. Submitted a mug shot to the Sherriff’s office.
6. Had a full background check by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
7. Had a mental history background check.
8. Paid several hundred dollars for classes and license.
I can say with utmost confidence that the following statements are true:
1. No Kansas CCL holder has ever been convicted of a felony, any drug charge, or DUI.
2. No Kansas CCL holder has been under psychiatric care for mental defect.
3. No Kansas CCL holder WANTS to ever use their weapon in a real situation.
4. Licensed carriers are 5.7 times less likely to be arrested for violent offenses than the general public. Licensed carriers are 13.5 times less likely to be arrested for non-violent offenses than the general public (( William Sturdevant, unpublished study reported in August 2000 edition of Americaâ€™s 1st Freedom ))
5. Of the 2,500,000 times citizens use guns to defend themselves each year, 92% merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time does a citizen wound his or her attacker, and in less than one in a thousand instances is the attacker killed. (( FBI, â€œCritical Incidents in Policingâ€, 1991 ))
6. 11% of police shootings kill an innocent person – about 2% of shootings by citizens kill an innocent person. (( Cramer C and Kopel D. “Shall issue: the new wave of concealed handgun permit laws.” Golden CO: Independence Institute Issue Paper. October 17, 1994 ))
So, why are these nutjobs getting CCL’s in the first place? It’s very simple, in most cases. We want the right to legal self defense, whether we choose to carry or not.
Thankfully, I have YET to see a business posted “no guns” in Johnson County where I live. I will be sad if any businesses that I frequent decide to post, because as a law-abiding citizen, I will NOT enter a posted business, even if I really want to buy stuff there.
Businesses that DO post don’t understand the impact that it has. First, they are basically prohibiting an individual’s right to self-defense… thus taking on that responsibility themselves. If I’m forced to disarm (as a legal CCL holder) before entering a business, then a bad guy comes into the store with a gun and shoots me, the business is liable in civil court for wrongful death. I don’t think most business owners consider that. Second, they are NOT going to get people who carry illegally to disarm with their silly little signs. ONLY the law-abiding citizens who have passed all of the requirements will honor their posting. Third, the sign on the door basically ANNOUNCES to the bad guys “Hey, all the good guys left their guns outside, come on in and rob us!”
So, I imagine that a few months from now, even the businesses that knee-jerked into posting will likely take them down, once they see they aren’t necessary.
If you look at the statistics from the other 30+ states that have concealed carry laws, you see that violent crime actually DROPPED in those states. It makes bad guys think twice when they never know who might shoot back.
Oh, and I have a new baby:
This is my new Glock 27, a subcompact .40 caliber auto. It’s my first Glock, and so far I love it. The trigger takes a little getting used to (their patented “safe-action” trigger is weird), and the pull on the trigger is a lot more like a revolver than an auto, but it’s TINY, as you can see. A tiny gun that fires a large caliber… sounds like the perfect recipe for a concealed carry gun. Doncha think?