Sowing Chaos? No, we are defending liberty

Cam Edwards notes how the Cult of Gun Control are, again, needlessly smearing those who defend liberty

According to the editorial board of the Washington Post, the thousands of Virginians who’ve been packing county supervisors meetings across the state are either “mischief makers with an agenda” or are vigilantes who are “promoting chaos.”

The truth is, we’re neither. We’re ordinary average Americans who are taking time off from work, rearranging schedules, standing outside in the cold, or waiting patiently for our turn to speak to our local officials about the biggest threat to our right to keep and bear arms that we’ve ever faced at the state level. Apparently, to the Washington Post‘s editorial board, only opponents of Donald Trump are allowed to #resist.

Like gun control advocate Lori Haas, who recently attacked the state’s Second Amendment Sanctuary movement in an op/ed of her own, the Washington Post editorial board can’t decide if the movement in a threat to democracy or just empty rhetoric.

The idea – and the term itself – has gained traction in Western states and elsewhere, inspired by “sanctuary cities” that have adopted policies barring cooperation with federal immigration officials to deport unauthorized migrants.

The distinction between the two sanctuaries is basic. Localities that have passed resolutions declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuary jurisdictions are threatening to ignore laws passed by duly elected state legislatures and  signed by governors.

Immigration-focused sanctuary localities are breaking no law; rather, they are refusing purely voluntary cooperation in service to federal law enforcement.

Such anti gun laws are, frankly, unconstitutional in  my view, I would imagine most gun rights advocates would agree. Also, such laws never sate the left, rather they give them more momentum to write even more draconian laws. Certainly, laws that ban the sale, as well as the possession of semi-automatic rifles that are in common use trample liberty. And, as has been shown over and again, gun control does not reduce crime. And, the existence of Concealed carry  or constitutional carry does not cause any increase in violent crime. In fact the data show the opposite to be true

The number of concealed handgun permits has increased for the third year in a row. The figure now stands at over 18.66 million– a 304% increase since 2007.  It’s also an 8% increase over the number of permits we counted a year ago in 2018. Unlike gun ownership surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have. Sixteen states are missing from the data because people there don’t even need a permit to carry.

Among the findings of our report:

  • Last year, the number of permit holders continued to grow by about 1.4 million.  Despite expectations that increases in permits were primarily driven by fears of Democratic presidencies, the growth has continued at a similar pace after the November 2016 election.
  • 7.3% of American adults have permits.  Outside of the restrictive states of California and New York, about 8.75% of the adult population has a permit.
  • In thirteen states, more than 10% of adults have permits, down from just fifteen last year.  Arkansas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia fell below 10%, but they are now all Constitutional Carry states, meaning that people no longer need a permit to carry. South Carolina’s concealed carry rate has now risen to above 10%.
  • Alabama has the highest concealed carry rate — 26.3%.  Indiana is second with 17.9%, and South Dakota — another Constitutional Carry state — saw its percentage decline to 16.02%.
  • Four states now have over 1 million permit holders: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  Florida is the first state to have over 2 million permits.
  • Sixteen states have adopted constitutional carry, meaning that a permit is no longer required. Because of these constitutional carry states, the nationwide growth in permits does not paint a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry. But some residents still choose to obtain permits so that they can carry in other states that have reciprocity agreements.

The left insists that the number one way to lower violent crime is to ban more and more guns. This rhetoric flies in the face of  common sense and reason. Such laws are only obeyed by good people, not criminals. Yet, the left has no other suggestions other than to pass useless laws that only affect law abiding people.

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