Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a hearing on H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.” This legislation would, as the name implies, require every state that does not outright ban private citizens to carry concealed firearms (all states except Illinois, in other words) to honor every other state’s concealed carry permits, although many details regarding the legality of carring of defensive firearms (places off-limits for carrrying, whether or not the armed citizen must inform police officers of his/her firearm, etc., would still be left to each state’s discretion.
This, predicatably, has the anti-self-defense lobby shrieking with indignation. The Brady Campaign has resorted to lies, silly rhymes (“Packing Heat on Your Street”), and just . . . general weirdness, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has started an entire website devoted to defeating the bill, and Media Matters is providing the rabidly anti-gun Joyce Foundation with some bought and paid for “journalism” opposing the bill. The article in question is a critique of Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, who testified in favor of H.R. 822. During her testimony (pdf file), Professor Malcolm made this point:
While concealed carry laws are not the sole reason for the reduction in violent crime in America, they have played a critical role in that result, affording protection to individuals and deterring criminals. The police do not keep track of defensive uses of a gun, but some fifteen national polls, including one by the Los Angeles Times, found between 700,000 and 3.6 million defensive uses of guns annually. Studies have shown that some 98% of the time an armed citizen merely has to brandish his or her gun to stop an attack.
Media Matters counters by citing a study conducted by, among others, rabidly anti-gun Dr. David Hemenway, which casually dismisses these hundreds of thousands (or millions) of defensive gun uses–and in a rather surprising manner:
A majority of the reported self defense gun uses were rated as probably illegal by a majority of judges. This was so even under the assumption that the respondent had a permit to own and carry the gun, and that the respondent had described the event honestly.
We are to believe that self-defense gun uses were “probably illegal”–a majority of them.
A government that makes self-defense a crime is a government that is on the side of those who would kill you and yours. It is, indeed, a government that does not deserve to be allowed to continue to exist.
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