Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Not to say we told you so....

But all of us in the pro-firearms rights at the time did say so, and we were right.

And as finally acknowledged in the Free press, one of the papers that blithely predicted the "old west" and "blood in the streets" and more gun violence we have...Michigan sees fewer gun deaths -- with more permits
Six years after new rules made it much easier to get a license to carry concealed weapons, the number of Michiganders legally packing heat has increased more than six-fold.

But dire predictions about increased violence and bloodshed have largely gone unfulfilled, according to law enforcement officials and, to the extent they can be measured, crime statistics.

The incidence of violent crime in Michigan in the six years since the law went into effect has been, on average, below the rate of the previous six years. The overall incidence of death from firearms, including suicide and accidents, also has declined.

More than 155,000 Michiganders -- about one in every 65 -- are now authorized to carry loaded guns as they go about their everyday affairs, according to Michigan State Police records.

It only took them six years to realize that Michigan is like every other state that has shall issue permits to law abiding citizens. When the law abiding carry firearms there is less violent crime and the responsible law abiding permit holders are not causing blood to flow in the streets and the other hackneyed, cliched, hand-wringing, dire predictions of doom resulting from letting honest citizens carry firearms for protection just do not materialize.

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