A growing number of Americans are getting permission to carry firearms in public—and under their clothes—a development that has sparked concern among some law-enforcement authorities.
Applications for “concealed-carry” permits are soaring in many states, some of which recently eased permit requirements. The numbers are driven in part by concern that renewed gun-control efforts soon could constrain access to weapons, along with heightened interest in self-defense in the wake of mass killings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.
Read the entire article here Permits Soar to Allow More Concealed Guns. I love the fact that the National Research Council, which advocates gun control points out that concealed-carry permit holders have fatally shot 500 people and that 128 of those people have been convicted of manslaughter or homicide. 128? Are you kidding me? When you consider the number of people who are carrying that is a minuscule number and I would suspect that if you looked at any group of people, like for instance, doctors you may find a similar pattern. I have nothing to base that on (other than a hunch) and putting the number into perspective is complicated by the fact that I am not sure what time frame they were using or if they were including every state that allows concealed carry or just a selected few.
For the sake of argument lets say that they are talking about one state for one year. According to the CONCEALED PISTOL LICENSING ANNUAL REPORT put out by the Michigan State Police there were 87,637 permits issued between July 2010 and June 2011. If you took those 128 people and assumed that everyone was from one state and received their permit in the time frame mentioned it would total less then one half a percent. And then when you realize Michigan alone has an estimated 400,000 + concealed carriers and it is one of many states that allow concealed carry that number is astonishing low.