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Let’s not be so quick to believe gun-control rhetoric
Quote:Let’s not be so quick to believe gun-control rhetoric

By Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
Published February 16, 2015

In this Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 photo, a dealer arranges handguns in a display case in advance of a show at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas gun advocates in the Legislature are supporting bills that would permit firearms on university campuses, expanding citizens' rights to use deadly force and other efforts. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

People walking the streets with guns pose a danger to others, right? With 12 million Americans across all 50 states now having concealed handgun permits, one would think that this question would have been settled one way or another.

In fact, contrary to the rhetoric by gun-control organizations, permit holders almost never use their guns to commit violent crimes.

Last Wednesday, The New York Times claimed “there should be no disputing” a new report, which claims there were 722 gun deaths nationwide from May 2007 to February 2015 that were not self-defense. The Times asserts: “The full death toll attributable to concealed carry is undoubtedly larger.”

The Times was too quick to trust the Violence Policy Center report. A cursory Google search would have shown the Violence Policy Center has a history of making up numbers.
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