2001-02-10 / Letters

Biting The Bullet

Dear Editor;

New York State is one of the fortunate states to have a "carry and conceal firearm law" on the books.

According to Senior Research Fellow at Yale University School of Law, John Lott, in his book More Guns Less Crime, his scientific statistical regressions prove that states that enacted carry and conceal laws enjoy a 24 percent lower total violent crime rate, a 19 percent lower homicide rate, a 39 percent lower robbery rate, and a 19 percent lower aggravated assault rate on average compared to the rest of the country.

Why is it I look at The Wave every week and read about another shooting and recently a killing of a young man over his cell phone? Did the shooter have a carry and conceal permit? Did he even bother to register his gun? Of course not. Criminals don’t register firearms they plan on using in the commission of a crime.

The fact is there are over 200 million firearms in the US, according to BATF 65 to 70 million of that are handguns. Eleven percent of those gun owners and 13 percent of handgun owners have used guns for self defense.

Self-defense is an alienable, individual, God given right and if some career criminal wants to break in to your home, hurt your family and steal your property, you have a moral obligation.

According to Criminologist Gary Kleck, his research showed that 2.5 million protective uses of firearms occur each year. That is three to five times as often for defensive purposes. So why is it so easy for crooks to have handguns and so hard for ordinary citizens, who would benefit from firearm ownership, to legally obtain a handgun?

The bottom line is criminals don’t license, register or apply for permits to get guns, but honest taxpayers are wrongfully forced to do so.

In a closing quote from our founding father, George Washington, still rings true today more than ever. He said, "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are an American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence...From the hour the pilgrims landed, to the present day events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable...The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference-they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good."

JAMES E. O’BRIEN


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