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Thursday, July 22, 2004


2nd Amendment

A good step was made today towards realigning our laws to respect the 2nd Amendment:

(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Thursday will sign the "National Concealed Carry for Cops" bill, a measure allowing about a million off-duty and retired officers to carry weapons out of plain sight.
And, in yet another waffle:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry made a rare appearance in the Senate, coming off the campaign trail to try to defeat the measure he had originally helped sponsor, Deeds said.

Kerry and his Massachusetts Democratic colleague, Sen. Ted Kennedy, became concerned over cops carrying "concealed sniper rifles" and "grenade launchers," according to Deeds, prompting Kerry to introduce "poison pill" amendments that would have attached further gun control measures to the concealed carry bill.
Yeah, I'm really worried about off duty and retired cops carrying sniper rifles and grenade launchers under their trench coats. What a feaking joke.

In any case, I do agree with this little tid bit:

He said GOA thought the bill would be viewed as establishing a "privileged class" of people who had concealed-carry rights, while law-abiding gun owners would not be afforded the same rights.

"We would rather have had the police working together to get everybody able [to have concealed-carry rights]" Pratt said. He added that his organization and other supporters of the Second Amendment would continue pushing legislation allowing civilians the right to concealed-carry without the requirement of a permit or license. Pratt pointed to such laws in Alaska and Vermont and called them "very effective."


As more states are enacting concealed carry measures, the nation's violent crime rate has decreased every year since 1991. In 2002, the rate hit a 23-year low.

According to the FBI, right-to-carry (RTC) states have lower violent crime rates on average: 24 percent lower total violent crime, 22 percent fewer murders, 37 percent fewer robberies, and 20 percent fewer aggravated assaults. The five states with the lowest violent crime rates are RTC states.
It just makes sense. If a you know there's a 50/50 chance that the person you're going to rob is carrying a gun, are you more or less likely to trying robbing them in the first place? Umm...duh.

Oh, and not to mention that the 2nd Amdendment gives me (personally) the right to carry a gun. So this bill should be extended to include all law-abiding citizens, not just off duty and retired poilce officers. But who actually pays attention to that Living Document anyway?


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