Today The Gun Guys posted a press release by the Violence Policy Center.
The study, Law Enforcement and Private Citizens Killed by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders--An Analysis of News Reports, May 2007 to April 2009, finds that during the two-year period reviewed--
- Concealed handgun permit holders have slain seven law enforcement officers resulting in criminal charges or the suicide of the shooter. All of the killings were committed with guns. An additional three law enforcement officers were injured in these incidents.
- Concealed handgun permit holders have slain at least 44 private citizens resulting in criminal charges or the suicide of the shooter. All but one of the killings were committed with guns. An additional six private citizens were injured in these incidents.
- In six of the 31 incidents (19 percent), the concealed handgun permit holder killed himself, bringing the total fatality count to 57.
I'd like to mention that this list of 31 incidents is not supposed to be comprehensive. So, unfortunately, it cannot be divided by the total number of license holders to ascertain a percentage of wrongdoers. It's just not that simple.
Because most state systems allowing the carrying of concealed handguns in public by private citizens release little data about crimes committed by permit holders, the VPC reviewed shooting incidents as reported by news outlets.
Another factor is these news-worthy stories involved loss of life. When you consider the woundings as well as the brandishings and incidents of threatening behaviour which are sometimes done by armed men, even supposedly responsible ones, you've got a large problem on your hands.
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