Thursday, March 23, 2006

Violent crime, murder, rape, and aggravated assault are about to drop in Kansas
Kan. Concealed-Weapons Bill to Become Law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The state House on Thursday overrode Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of a concealed weapons bill, allowing it to become law this summer...

The new law, taking effect July 1, will allow Kansans who are U.S. citizens to obtain concealed-carry permits from their local sheriffs. Applicants must be 21 and take firearms training, and hidden weapons still will be banned in some places, including schools, churches, libraries and courthouses...

In Guns Save Lives, a book review in The Dartmouth Review of John R. Lott’s book More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-control Laws, M. Ryan Clark writes:
Lott found that concealed weapons laws caused violent crime to drop by 4.9 percent, murder by 7.7 percent, rape by 5.3 percent, and aggravated assault by 7.01 percent.
Seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Only if you’ve never questioned the statements made by gun control advocates; ‘information’ very often unencumbered by fact.

Lott's subsequent book on the subject, The Bias Against GUNS: Why Almost Everything You've Heard about Gun Control Is Wrong provides a balanced analysis of the effects of gun-control legislation.

Lott blogs here.

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