Improvements are coming with Ohio’s concealed carry law. “In a bipartisan vote Tuesday, the Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives voted to send House Bill 203 to the full House.”
Yet Every time we want to pass a pro-gun law, some anti-gun whines that our streets will be painted with blood, that it’s going to be the Wild West (which ironically, wasn’t even that wild). As Mike McCoy writes, it just doesn’t happen:
“When concealed carry was first being considered in Ohio more than 10 years ago, the anti-gun crowd predicted Ohio would become the Wild West. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. When changes were made to how guns could be carried in vehicles, the anti-gun crowd predicted concealed carry licensees would begin shooting police officers during traffic stops. Obviously, that didn’t happen either
More recently, when legislation was passed that allowed concealed carry in establishments that serve alcohol, the nearly hysterical anti-gun crowd shouted “guns and alcohol don’t mix” and predicted there would be shootouts in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. That didn’t happen either, because law-abiding citizens follow the law and don’t drink when they are carrying their guns.
So what are the facts? The fact is gun ownership is at an all-time high and violent crime is at a 35-year low. The fact is concealed carry laws have expanded to all 50 states and murder has fallen to a 45-year low. The fact is the centerpiece of the anti-gun crowd’s gun control agenda, the federal handgun waiting period, expired in 1998 and the murder rate has decreased 21 percent since.
Finally, although the assault weapons ban expired in 2004 and ownership of “assault weapons” has exploded since then, the murder rate has dropped 10 percent. In short, the truth is more guns mean a safer country. The truth is more and better concealed carry laws mean less violent crime.