I've been very pleased at the number of people--journalists, sheriffs, politicians--who initially opposed "shall-issue" concealed weapon permit laws, and later admitted that they were wrong. Here's another. The October 20, 2009 Springfield, Missouri News-Tribune carried an editorial in which they listed two recent gun self-defense cases:
In the second incident, the assailant was shot by someone who qualifies under the conceal and carry law.Let's hear it for journalists with the honesty to admit that they were wrong.
Sheriff Greg White is a proponent of the conceal and carry law, passed by lawmakers in 2003 after Missouri voters rejected a similar law in 1999.
The law requires people to attain a standard of proficiency with weapons before they are permitted to carry a concealed gun. Proponents of the law believe it offers a greater sense of security and decreases crime by prompting felons to consider the consequences of armed confrontation.
We confess to harboring some reservations about the concealed carry law. Our fear was an increase in guns in public would result in more guns being displayed prematurely and/or more accidents.
White said recently: “All the fears over conceal and carry have never manifested.”
We concede the point.
Anecdotal evidence does not suggest an increase in accidents or unprovoked gunplay.
The evidence, however, does show people defending themselves from harm.
The message being sent to felons is don't bring a weapon to a crime unless you're prepared to accept the risk.