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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-04-10 12:20 PM
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1. I'd love to see citations for some of these claims.
Edited on Sun Apr-04-10 12:43 PM by noamnety
(unless they are just opinions, not facts supported by data.)

Some of the stats I've seen imply these aren't all true - especially the one about concealed weapons carriers being more level-headed, less prone to violence.

"From January 1, 1996 to October 9, 1997 Texas concealed handgun license holders were arrested for 946 crimes. Of these, 263 were felony arrests, including: six charges of murder or attempted murder involving at least four deaths; two charges of kidnapping; 18 charges of sexual assault; 66 charges of assault, including 48 cases of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; and, 42 weapon-related charges. Six-hundred eighty-three were misdemeanor arrests, including: 194 weapon-related charges and 215 instances of driving while intoxicated. In the first six months of 1997 (the most recent complete data set available), the weapon-related arrest rate among Texas concealed handgun license holders was more than twice as high as that of the general population of Texas aged 21 and older."

and the one about appropriate storage: "Factors associated with an increased likelihood of storing guns loaded and unlocked included owning a gun for protection, owning a handgun, and having received firearms training."
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