I mailed letters to my state representative and senator today, to both their Austin addresses and their local addresses. I included copies of the2006 Conviction Rates for Concealed Handgun License Holders Report prepared by the Texas Department of Public Safety. It shows the undisputable truth that we law-abiding, licensed citizens have proven ourselves worthy of being trusted with guns.
You should all check it out. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/adminis.../convrates.htm
The numbers should not surprise you. Example: there were 328 total murders
in Texas in 2006. Only1
of those convictions was a CHL holder. And for the antis that think that Open Carry will bring back the wild wild west, notice on the report that there were only 3 murders under the influence of sudden passion
in Texas in 2006, and of course none of them were CHL holders. There were 1,937 robberies, none of which were CHL holders. 4,259 total burglaries of building, 1 by CHL holder. 4,890 total burglaries of habitation, 2 by CHL holders.
One more statistic and I'll quit. In 2006, there were 61,539 total convictions
in Texas, only 140
of which were by CHL holders. Now, there were 23,507,783 people in Texas in 2006, and 258,162 CHL holders. So, the percentage of CHL holders in 2006 was about 1.1% of the total population, right? Yet, CHL holders made up only 0.2275% of the total number of convictions in Texas. That tells us thatthe average non-CHL holding citizenwas 4.8 times more likely to commit a crime in Texas in 2006than a CHL holder was.
The way I see it, CHL holders are certified good guys.