In the United States, firearms are used as often as 2.5 million times each year in self defense, in the vast majority of cases without a shot being fired. Best estimates reveal that firearms are used three to five times more often for defensive purposes than for criminal acts.
Firearms are used three to five times more often to stop crimes than to commit them, and accidents with firearms are at an all-time recorded low (National Center for Health Statistics and National Safety Council).
There are thousands of federal, state and local gun laws. The overall murder rate in the jurisdictions that have the most severe restrictions on firearms purchase and ownership – California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C. – is 8% higher than the rate for the rest of the country.
New York has had a handgun licensing law since 1911, yet until the New York City Police Department began a massive crackdown on crime in the mid-1990s, New York City’s violent crime rate was among the highest of U.S. cities.
Gun control primarily impacts upon upstanding citizens, not criminals. Crime is reduced by holding criminals accountable for their actions. Crime is NOT reduced by incarcerating Ryan Jerome, an ex Marine, for doing the right thing acting in a responsible manner and asking a ‘Security officer’ where to check his handgun when he visited the Empire State Building while in the city for the first time doing business as a licensed jeweler from Indiana who also happens to be licensed to carry in Indiana.
Said his lawyer, Mark Bederow: “It’s open season on tourists who come to New York and make a mistake. Sacrificing them in the name of stringent gun control serves no useful purpose.”
If and when there is a legal defense fund established for Ryan Jerome (confirmed by an MSB reader who contacted his attorney), we will support the effort here. It’s just plain wrong to waste taxpayer money to make ‘examples’ of people of character who simply screw up or have been misinformed, and who instead should just be given a slap on the wrist while saving the court system’s money for real criminals instead.
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