One of the cardinal rules of journalism: don’t start an article with a statistic. It’ll turn off readers faster than Roseanne Barr singing the National Anthem. Naked. So I’ll say this much before the stat-laden info on concealed carry crime stats after the jump [via sfgate.com]: anyone who thinks that Americans exercising their Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms are more dangerous than the general population is meshuga. Perhaps even dangerously so. Common sense tells the tale. Even in those states with Constitutional Carry (no special permit required for concealed carry) legal gun toters have to pass a criminal background check and swear to God they’re not smoking meths. If these folks buy a gun, any gun, they have to pass another criminal background check. So they’re double secret probation safe for society. Not entirely, of course . . .
Of the 51,078 permits issued in Kansas since the law took effect in 2007, just 44 permit holders were charged with a crime committed while using a firearm, according to records from the Kansas attorney general’s office.
The Wichita Eagle reported that works out to one charge for every 1,161 permit holders, or 0.09 percent.