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Monday, January 09, 2012

The Chicken and the Egg

Over at Ann Althouse's blog, in a discussion of concealed carry permits for handguns in Madison and Wisconsin, we get down to a question of which came first:

Fanlund quotes Chief Wray[Noble Wray, Madison Police Chief]:

"What I can't understand is how come we have not evolved beyond the point that the best way to protect ourselves is a gun? How come we cannot come up with something that is less destructive and less permanent."


And Althouse supplies the obvious reply:

I do have a question for you though: Why haven't the police — the police you lead — eliminated crime in our neighborhoods? Why are there still rapes and robberies? Why are there still gangs? Why haven't your police evolved to the point where you have solved these problems for us? Because, I know that I, personally, would love to depend on government for all my personal protection. How come you cannot come up with something?

Exactly. It is the failure of law enforcement and the justice system to segregate the violent criminals from the rest of us that drives the demand for concealed-carry permits. People who feel safe from being victimized by criminals usually have little desire to jump through the hoops necessary to carry a concealed firearm legally.

1 comment:

Rev. Paul said...

"People who feel safe from being victimized by criminals usually have little desire to jump through the hoops necessary to carry a concealed firearm legally."

People that oblivious to the world around them probably shouldn't own guns, anyway.