Dick Jones: Changes proposed for concealed carry law
Recently, a North Carolina House judiciary panel recommended changes to existing gun rules that would build on changes approved in 2011. The law expanded the ability of gun owners to protect themselves with a gun and allow holders of a concealed weapon permit to carry a pistol inside a state park. The bill would also let the permit holders arm themselves in a restaurant where alcohol is served unless expressly prohibited by the restaurant. Concealed weapons also could be stored in a locked vehicle on a college campus or state government parking lot.
The face of firearms ownership is rapidly changing in the United States. While political leaders in urban areas preach the evils of individuals owning firearms, more and more Americans who’ve never owned a gun before are deciding to become a gun owner. Firearms sales have more than doubled in the last 10 years, creating fear among those who feel guns contribute to crime, but actual FBI statistics show a different trend. In a time of increased firearms ownership, all areas of violent crime have decreased by 50 percent.
Those who fear firearms often express concern that relatively inexperienced citizens arming themselves might generate a rash of wrongful shootings and accidents. This simply doesn’t happen. Concealed carry permit holders are actually less likely to wrongfully shoot than sworn police officers. The situation is so rare that when George Zimmerman allegedly abused his right to self-defense, it made national news for weeks. Can you think of another instance?
When I began teaching concealed carry, I didn’t carry a gun every day. I mentioned this to my classes telling them that I felt safe in the environment I live in and I just didn’t feel the need. One of my students was surprised, and promised to send me an email that would change my mind. It did. The email contained the Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Second Amendment testimony of Suzanna Hupp, a survivor of a mass shooting in Texas.
Hupp ceased carrying a handgun for fear of getting in trouble and later watched her father being killed in a mass killing by a deranged madman. Unable to stop him, she tried to get out with her mother. When her mother went back to her father, the killer killed her mother as well. She blamed the law for forbidding her the right to defend herself in that situation. Because the law prevented her from being able to defend herself, she helplessly witnessed the mass killing of 23 people including her mother and father.
Expanding the number of places where concealed carry can happen will not increase crime because the entire privilege of concealed carry hasn’t increased crime. Remember that crime has declined in every state after enacting a CCH law.
To see the testimony of Suzanna Hupp go to: http://xrepublic.tv/node/2178
Dick Jones is an award-winning freelance writer living in High Point. He’s an NRA Certified Instructor and a Distinguished Rifleman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or offtheporchmedia.com. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.