Hmmm. "One of 555 examples" vs "between 8 million and 11 million citizens carrying concealed guns in public". Goodness, if my math serves me correct, that's a whopping 0.0069% to 0.0050%. I wish I has those kind of odds walking down Third between James and Yesler on getting robbed, mugged, shot, killed, etc.
First read the "ARGUMENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY". Packed full of statistics, facts, and numbers.
- National Crime Victimization Survey reports that Americans used guns in self-defense 338,700 times over five years ending in 2011.
- In a Reuters/Ipsos poll last spring, 75 percent favored concealed carry by eligible citizens.
- The number of incidents in which concealed-gun carriers kill innocent people is a fraction of 1 percent of all gun-related homicides.
- In North Carolina, one of only a handful of states that reveals the identities of permit holders, 200 of the 240,000 concealed carriers (.08 percent) committed felonies of all types, including eight shooting deaths, in the five-year period ending in 2011. This compares with about 2.5 percent of voting-age Americans who have a felony rap sheet, according to The Sentencing Project.
- Surprisingly to some, 91 percent of 15,000 police officers polled recently by the PoliceOne organization also said they support citizens' ability to carry concealed weapons.
Just to site a few.
Then read the "ARGUMENTS AGAINST".
- "Just because you're a law-abiding citizen today doesn't mean you're going to be one tomorrow." - Assumption. Guilty until proven Innocent?
- "In a lot of these cases," - What cases?
- For some gun-control advocates, the trend toward concealed carry also raises troubling undercurrents of race and class. They cite words often seen on pro-gun Internet forums – the "good guy" versus "the thug," a term that commentators from the blogosphere to the sidelines of the NFL (Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman) are calling the "new N-word." - BECAUSE EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET IS REAL!
- Gun-control advocates consequently see the gun-carry movement as populated at least in part by white men who feel politically unempowered and who may be inclined to indulge in displays of extra muscle and power over their fellow citizens. - RACISTS! Lol, Politically underpowered, hmm? Because gun ownership is always politically motivated.
-"Acting like every situation involves a critical threat is goofy.... Don't confuse life with movies." - But don't dare bring up the proportion of those with a politically anti-gun position that have committed mass murders.
When it comes down to the nitty gritty, the anti-gun groups have one and one only tactic in convincing others of their misguided opinions; "ad hominem". And boy, do they love to use it.