As all “let’s expand conceal and carry” supporters know, conceal and carry permit holders don’t commit crimes.
My State Representative Denny “I do research” Hoskins told me. (I’m the one asking questions.)
Representative Hoskins: . . . What it, what it came down to, and I did a lot of research on this. Um…. there has not been one incident, not only in Missouri, but the United States, with a conceal and carry permit holder committing a crime. And…[crosstalk]
Representative Hoskins: With their concealed firearm.
Question: What? Not a single one?
Representative Hoskins: I know, I know, it’s, it’s …[crosstalk]
Question: No, that’s not true, of course. That’s not true, of course.
Today, the New York Times reported on a study by the Violence Policy Center. Hoskins will need to do some more research.
You can find the full report by the Violence Policy Center here.
Here are the three major results of the study.
P Over the two-year period May 2007 through April 2009, concealed handgun permit
holders have slain seven law enforcement officers resulting in criminal charges or the
suicide of the shooter. All of the killings were committed with guns. An additional three
law enforcement officers were injured in these incidents.
Over the two-year period May 2007 through April 2009, concealed handgun permit
holders have slain at least 44 private citizens resulting in criminal charges or the
suicide of the shooter. All but one of the killings were committed with guns. An additional
six private citizens were injured in these incidents.
In six of the 31 incidents (19 percent), the concealed handgun permit holder killed
himself, bringing the total fatality count to 57.
This study comes out as the US Senate is consider legislation forcing states to recognize conceal and carry permits from other states.
Hopefully, this study will put a stake into any more attempts to allow conceal and carry permit holders to bring their guns onto Missouri public universities.
And, of course, Denny Hoskins has one less argument to explain his vote on conceal and carry.