TRIGGER WARNING: In which I mention women and guns.
For John, BLUF: If, per SCOTUS, I can obtain a license for SSM, why can't I obtain one for packing? Nothing to see here; just move along.
I am blaming the women of this nation for the drop in the crime rate. Based on what Ms Liz Sheld has written in the PJ Tattler, "Concealed-Carry Permits for Women Up 270% since 2007". The item has a dateline of 17 July 2015 - 6:04 am.
It takes a while to get to the core of the argument, but here it is.
According to the study, concealed-carry permits have risen by 156% among men and a whopping 270% for women. Lott♠ also revealed that minority groups are acquiring concealed-carry permits faster than whites.Incidentally, the capitalization of "Black" goes to the issue Ms Lynne Lupien has, which is that this term shouldn't be capitalized, or so I understand her position. I think it should. But then I didn't do so well in grade school.
“Over the last couple of years, there has been a massive sea change among blacks’ views towards guns,” Lott said.
“The other part of the reason is that states that have had concealed handgun permits for a while have been lowering the cost of getting permits,” Lott said, referring to fees and the cost of mandatory training. ”As the study notes there is a huge difference across states in the cost of getting a permit. But not too surprisingly, lower costs appear to increase the rate that blacks get permits relative to whites.”
Also of note is the drop in crime: “Lott notes that the national murder rate fell to 4.2 people per 100,000 from 5.6 per 100,000 between 2007 and 2014. Overall, violent crime dropped 25 percent in the same period.”
And, moving to the concerns of another sharp-eyed reader, correlation, indeed, does not equate to causation, but the reasonably cautious man on the Number 38 Bus would give it some consideration, absent evident to the contrary.
And why are Blacks seeking concealed-carry permits? I would suspect crime on their streets. No one else is fixing the problem, so it falls to the law abiding citizens.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ John Lott, president of the CPRC (Crime Prevention Research Center).