"Murder rates fall as the number of adults carrying concealed handguns increases."It went on to find:
"The six states that allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit
have much lower murder and violent crime rates than
the six states which try to stop people having concealed handguns."
"During the last quarter of the 2000 century, the murder rate declined 27.7%
while the number of handguns owned by Americans increased 160%."
"Luxembourg, where handguns are totally banned and ownership
of any kind of gun is minimal, had a murder rate nine times higher
than Germany in 2002."
"By the year 2000, violent crime had so increased that England
and Wales had Europe’s highest violent crime rate,
far surpassing even the United States."
"The felons most frightened about confronting an armed victim were those
from states with the greatest relative number of privately owned firearms."
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who
are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . .
"Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants;
they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
Thomas Jefferson – 3rd President of the United States, American Founding Father,
principal author of the Declaration of Independence.