I agree with rebelrouser.
Armed Americans will stay armed - period. The gun haters like Bob McKelvey and Mike Chessin are banking on the docile cooperation of Montana gunowners, and they're dreaming. It won't happen. The reason it won't happen is because what is at stake
here is more than just a constitutional right; it is a culture. Cultures, especially one so historically rooted as the American gun culture, don't die easily, especially when they can and will defend themselves.
The questions here are - does allowing people to own or carry guns deter violent crime? Or does it simply cause more citizens to harm each other?
In the thoroughly researched book, “More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding
Crime and Gun-Control Laws” by legal scholar John Lott, is a presentation of the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever done on crime statistics and
right-to-carry laws that I know of. The author comes to the incontrovertible conclusion
that the prevalence of guns in our society actually significantly reduces crime.
And the Justice Departments studies have shown the exact same truth.
Ask Hotchkiss high-schooler Desirae Davis. She, after the terrible Columbine
school tragedy, along with 100 other students, signed a letter asking state politicians NOT to pass further "ill-conceived, feel-good" victim disarmament legislation.
I guarantee that the ovewhelming majority of Montana residents feel the same way.
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