One of the main arguments for stricter gun control is that fewer people carrying around guns will lead to fewer incidents of gun violence.
The study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come even as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.
“When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals," said the center’s president, John R. Lott, a Fox News contributor. “Some criminals stop committing crimes, others move on to crimes in which they don’t come into contact with victims and others actually move to areas where they have less fear of being confronted by armed victims.”
Furthermore, states with laws making it easier and cheaper to obtain a concealed weapons permit tend to have more people apply for the permits and, in turn, lower crime rates.
For example, in states like South Dakota, where a permit costs $10 and a high percentage of adults own them, crime rates are consistently low.
Contrast that with Illinois, where concealed weapons permits are too costly ($600 in training and fees) for many people, and you can plainly see the correlation between the permits and crime; Chicago just wrapped up a violent holiday weekend where more than 80 people were shot.
It's time to stop assuming that banning guns from law-abiding citizens is the best way to lower gun violence. As the data shows, a criminal is much less likely to shoot when they have reason to worry they'll be shot back.