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Concealed carry states have lower crime rates

Leonard Pitts’ column on a so-called gun dorm at the University of Colorado needs some clarification. The reason no one signed up as a concealed carry permit holder to live there is probably because anyone with such a permit prefers not to be revealed as such on campus, rather than a lack of permit holders. The whole point of a concealed carry permit is that the public does not know who has one.

Although Pitts acknowledges you have to be 21 years old to get a permit, he implies that college students still act like teenagers. That’s a stretch.

Finally, without any evidence, he claims guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens isn’t a deterrent, when the opposite is shown to be true. I would refer doubters to the book “More Guns, Less Crime” by John R. Lott Jr. Despite all the attacks by gun control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott’s research and his conclusion that more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens means lower crime rates. States with “shall issue” (if you are qualified it shall be issued) concealed carry permits have lower crime rates than those states without. The reverse is also true. Take Chicago, for instance. Having banned handguns for years, it is the acknowledged murder capital of the country. Criminals just don’t seem to obey gun control laws.

Doug Kreinheder

Cattaraugus