A guest post by Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) recently found two cases within a couple of days where concealed-handgun-permit holders stopped robberies.
In the first case, one customer was killed, but without the permit holder in this case, multiple customers might have been killed. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the first incident occurred in St. Louis on Tuesday night, December 2, 2014: … Police said three gunmen entered the bar about 10:55 p.m. Tuesday — one of them shooting into the ceiling as they came in — and ordered everyone to the floor. Wade ran toward the former police officer and shot him in the thigh. The ex-officer, who worked for the department for several years in the 1970s and has a concealed-carry permit, fired back, shooting Wade in the eye and Davis in the shoulder, police said. Another male customer, 73, was shot in the ankle and was in critical condition; a fourth male victim, 66, was released from the hospital after receiving treatment for two shots to his buttocks. Davis and a third gunman, whose identity was unknown, fled in a stolen Mazda, investigators said. Police found the wounded Davis at a hospital; he claimed he had been shot at a different place. A manhunt continued for the third man….
The second incident occurred on Thursday, December 4, 2014 in Las Vegas and was reported by KTNV-13 Television: Las Vegas police arrested a man after he allegedly tried to a rob a Red Lobster restaurant on Thursday night. A call was made to police around 9:45 p.m., reporting a man had entered the Red Lobster . . . near U.S. 95, with a handgun. The man, who has now been identified as 28-year-old Dillon Webb, allegedly threatened customers and employees and took the drawer from a cash register. Witnesses said the man ran out the back. A customer from the restaurant, attempting to flee the area, was confronted by the suspect in the parking lot. The customer, who was armed with a handgun fired one round. Webb reportedly dropped the drawer and ran…. Obviously, the narrative of the gun-control groups that CHL holders don’t stop crime is incorrect — anecdotally in these cases, of course. But the trend holds nationally as well, as I documented in a CPRC report in July, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States.” Between 2007 and the preliminary estimates for 2013, murder rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.4 per 100,000 — a 22 percent drop in the murder rate at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with permits soared by 130 percent.
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