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H.R. 822

For those of you not enlightened, H.R. 822 is a a bill that would require states to recognize concealed weapons permits issued by other states. (as long as the state actually issues permits.) I thought I’d check up on what lies and misinformation the Brady Campaign is spreading about concealed weapons carriers. Even I was stunned by what I found there.

Click Here for misleading webpage!

The web page has statistics about heinous crimes committed by CWP holders. It should be obvious how they fall on their face here.

1. The tally is since May 2007.

2. 370 people have been killed by CWP holders since than.

3. Assuming the number of murders per year were to stay at 17,000, and there are roughly 8 million CWP holders in the US, you don’t have to be a math whiz to decide its safer to be standing next to a CWP holder or next to a random guy with no permit. Far safer.

The Brady Campaign is a nest of liars, charlatans and people with an irrational fear of firearms. Obviously the Brady Campaign is against H.R. 822. They don’t see it as a good thing, or even a natural right to have the means to defend yourself. Despite numerous court rulings that say the state has no responsibility to protect you from crime of any kind. For me, I carry, almost all the time. The only exceptions are if I am drinking, than I leave it at home or locked in the trunk.

The Brady folks would have you believe that a “gun free zone” is a real thing. Despite all the unopposed school shootings. Its clear to anyone that actually thinks it through that laws  do not have an effect on behavior unless you are law abiding. Making something a gun free zone or banning the carrying of firearms anywhere only ensures that only criminals will be armed. These are locations guaranteed to have no opposition. In other words, “gun free zones” are only effective as long as people follow the law. Something rumor has it criminals and murderers sometimes do not do.

You can be sure that if someone attempts to rob someone or begin a shooting spree in my presence, I will return fire if at all possible. Unless of course it’s a “gun free zone”. Than I’ll just end up one of many, many victims.

UPDATE: I feel like I should qualify why I think this is a great bill. Generally I am for states rights over the right of the federal government to do things. However in this case the law would merely require states to recognize the permits of other states. In the words of the Constitution:

Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

It is unclear to me why states do not recognize the official act of issuing a concealed weapons permit. I think it’s a great idea to require them to do so. Certainly those who argue that states should recognize gay marriages performed in other states would find it hard to argue that other official acts should not be likewise recognized.

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