Monday, December 30, 2013

NC: 'Opinion' is irrelevant: Cities should obey (Gun) law

Twenty years spent defending gun rights have taught me leftists regard words as malleable, inventing definitions as needed to bludgeon any who dare obstruct liberal self-gratification. But even I laughed at the audacity of mischaracterizing our demand that cities comply with state law as “bullying and threatening anyone...who does not share [our] extreme opinion.”

“Opinion” is irrelevant. In passing House Bill 937, the General Assembly expanded our successful concealed handgun law into restaurants, parks, educational properties, state government parking lots and elsewhere.

Legislators didn’t fast-track HB 937 despite the Newtown tragedy, but rather because of it: All but two U.S. mass shootings since 1950 occurred in ostensibly “gun free” zones of disarmed victims. By contrast, concealed handgun laws deter murder, rape and aggravated assault. Not only was that demonstrated in controlled, multi-variate studies by John R. Lott and others, it’s happened here, where violent crime dropped 46 percent after passing concealed carry in 1995.

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