Friday, August 22, 2014

Concealed carry comparisons, questions

6/19/2013

In his novel, “The Sea Wolf,” Jack London told the story of some seal hunters who were arguing about whether a seal pup could or could not swim from birth. London said their method of argument consisted of little more than assumption, assertion and denunciation. They “proved” that a seal pup could or could not swim instinctively by stating the proposition very bellicosely and then following up with an attack on their adversaries’ intelligence, judgment, common sense, nationality and past history.

That seems to be a common method of discussion in modern times. It is especially true of the concealed carry issue. The arguers seldom attempt to bolster their arguments with facts.

In his novel, “The Sea Wolf,” Jack London told the story of some seal hunters who were arguing about whether a seal pup could or could not swim from birth. London said their method of argument consisted of little more than assumption, assertion and denunciation. They “proved” that a seal pup could or could not swim instinctively by stating the proposition very bellicosely and then following up with an attack on their adversaries’ intelligence, judgment, common sense, nationality and past history.

That seems to be a common method of discussion in modern times. It is especially true of the concealed carry issue. The arguers seldom attempt to bolster their arguments with facts.

Vermont and Alaska do not have laws restricting concealed carry of firearms. How does their crime rate compare to such places as Washington, D.C., and Chicago, both of which have laws so restrictive as to be nearly prohibitive?

What is the comparative crime rate in states such as Kansas regarding those who have concealed carry permits as opposed to those who do not?

These are the kinds of facts we need to know to arrive at a logical conclusion as to whether concealed carry laws are wise or otherwise. A careful analysis would probably indicate that legal alcohol elevates the crime rate much more than concealed carry permits.

— Elbert Swank,

Williamsburg

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