“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” – Robert A. Heinlein
Protesters in suburban Chicago rallied against grocery store chain Mariano’s Tuesday because the store allows those with concealed carry permits to carry concealed guns in the store.
Lee Goodman, whom I can only presume is the village idiot, told reporters:
“It’s very well-known—and there are lots of studies to prove it—that the more guns there are in public, the more people who will get shot.
Mariano’s does not let people carry guns in its Chicago stores, but it’s letting people carry guns into its suburban stores. We don’t think that’s fair, and we don’t think it’s safe.”
Couple things, Lee. First, the reason Mariano’s doesn’t allow concealed carry in its Chicago stores is because of an ordinance that prohibits the carrying of weapons where alcohol is sold. They’ve decided to allow concealed carry in their suburban stores because, presumably, that ordinance doesn’t apply outside of the city.
Second, your statistic? Exactly where did you get it? And there are lots of studies to prove it! Which ones, Mr. Goodman?
The Washington Times reported in 2014:
“Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.”
Additionally, exhaustive studies by John Lott, economist and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRS), have indicated that when more Americans are armed, fewer people are shot and killed:
“There’s a lot of academic research that’s been done on this, and if you look at the peer-reviewed studies, the bottom line is a large majority find a benefit of concealed carry on crime rates—and, at worst, there’s no cost.”