“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” – Robert A. Heinlein
Protesters in suburban Chicago rallied against grocery store chain Mariano’s Tuesday because the store allows those with concealed carry permits to carry concealed guns in the store.
Lee Goodman, whom I can only presume is the village idiot, told reporters:
“It’s very well-known—and there are lots of studies to prove it—that the more guns there are in public, the more people who will get shot.
Mariano’s does not let people carry guns in its Chicago stores, but it’s letting people carry guns into its suburban stores. We don’t think that’s fair, and we don’t think it’s safe.”
Couple things, Lee. First, the reason Mariano’s doesn’t allow concealed carry in its Chicago stores is because of an ordinance that prohibits the carrying of weapons where alcohol is sold. They’ve decided to allow concealed carry in their suburban stores because, presumably, that ordinance doesn’t apply outside of the city.
Second, your statistic? Exactly where did you get it? And there are lots of studies to prove it! Which ones, Mr. Goodman?
The Washington Times reported in 2014:
“Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.”
Additionally, exhaustive studies by John Lott, economist and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRS), have indicated that when more Americans are armed, fewer people are shot and killed:
“There’s a lot of academic research that’s been done on this, and if you look at the peer-reviewed studies, the bottom line is a large majority find a benefit of concealed carry on crime rates—and, at worst, there’s no cost.”
Mason County Sheriff Paul Gann told The Washington Times:
“What I can tell you is we haven’t seen a spike in crime…We haven’t seen a spike in anything that’s gun-related—brandishing a firearm, shootings, robberies, nothing. These are law-abiding individuals.”
Arlington Heights Police Chief Gerald Mourning told the Chicago Tribune:
“We have dealt with it so infrequently that we simply haven’t had any difficulties. I am surprised by it. I thought for sure we would encounter issues on a more regular basis…It has not been an issue for us at all in terms of confrontations or misunderstandings.”
Lastly, according to a 2014 YouGov poll:
“Most Americans, however, don’t recognize that violent crime has dropped so significantly over the past twenty years. Over that time frame the national murder rate has halved, along with non-lethal violent crime, yet half the country (50%) say that violent crime has increased since 1994, and only 22% know that it has decreased.”
I suppose Mr. Goodman is one of the 50% that believes violent crime has increased, despite evidence to the contrary.
This type of statement—like the one made by Lee Goodman—is endemic of anti-gun culture. People who have done absolutely no research, or whose research comes from substandard resources, believe wrongly that more Americans with concealed carry permits create a more dangerous environment. It’s simply untrue.
Moreover, on a more basic level, how does one protest concealed carry? If the weapon is concealed, how would one know if someone were to carry a firearm into a Mariano’s? Do Goodman and his cohorts want people stopped and frisked at the entrance of the store? Because that wouldn’t open up a can of worms!
Protestors like Goodman are why I’ve become such a cynic. Despite solid, research-based evidence, people continue to behave in ways that defy such evidence. The volume of stupidity in the United States blows my mind.