1/06/2013

Quotes on Concealed Carry

Here are a couple interesting quotes that I have seen recently on the topic.
"A Chicagoan is a good deal more likely to be attacked on a sidewalk in a rough neighborhood than in his apartment on the 35th floor of Park Tower. To confine the right to be armed to the home is to divorce the Second Amendment from the right of self-defense..." -- Judge Richard Posner 
"David Hemenway & Deborah Azrael, “The Relative Frequency of Offensive and Defensive Gun Uses: Results from a National Survey,” 15 Violence & Victims 257, 271 (2000), finds that a person carrying a gun is more likely to use it to commit a crime than to defend himself from criminals. But that is like saying that soldiers are more likely to be armed than civilians. And because fewer than 3 percent of gun-related deaths are from accidents, Hahn et al., supra, at 40, and because Illinois allows the use of guns in hunting and target shooting, the law cannot plausibly be defended on the ground that it reduces the accidental death rate, . . . .-- Judge Richard Posner 
"The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confersa right to bear arms for self-defense, which is asimportant outside the home as inside. The theoretical and empirical evidence (which overall is inconclusive) is consistent with concluding that a right tocarry firearms in public may promote self-defense. Illinois had to provide us with more than merely a rational basisfor believing that its uniquely sweeping ban is justifiedby an increase in public safety. It has failed to meetthis burden. . . ."  -- Judge Richard Posner, arguing that the range of estimates show either a benefit or no change (for my recent survey that supports his claim here see this paper). 
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office pronounced itself "disappointed." Democratic State Rep. Eddie Acevedo said parts of the city may resemble "the wild, wild West" -- as though they were islands of tranquility right now." -- Steve Chapman

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