What Are We Waiting For? We Need National Carry Now!

Written by Greg Hopkins on June 20, 2017

A leftist lunatic attempted the mass assassination of Republican congressmen last Tuesday. Attempting to counter demands from a few congressmen that they should be allowed to carry concealed guns in DC (Motto: “The death of innocents is morally superior to shooting felons.”), the next day the New York Times (Motto: “All the news that’s fit to fake.”) whined, “Who wants to live in a society where everyone goes armed?” My answer: “I DO!!!”

Why should every American who wants to defend himself and his family from street crime and terrorism not be allowed to carry a gun wherever he goes in the U.S.? Just WHO do these media, political, and entertainment elites think they are? (Motto: “Hypocrites are us!”) Why should these hypocrites walk around with state-provided or private armed guards when those Americans who can’t afford them are denied what they can afford, carrying their own weapons? “The soul of the wicked desires evil. His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.” Proverbs 21:10. The only conclusion is that these elites want us to be in danger so that in our fear we grant them power. Not ONE of their “gun control” laws have ever kept a criminal from getting and feloniously using a firearm. Prov. 14:12,18. Their laws are not meant to control guns, but us! They want us dependent on government for our safety. God warns us against electing and listening to such power-hungry men. Isaiah 5:20-23; 9:13-16; 10:1-2.

So if your wife breaks down on a country road, at least 20 minutes from any sheriff’s response, they are fine with that. They are good with late-night convenience store clerks and customers being unarmed, as well as your daughter walking through a dark parking garage. Remember, “When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.” In law school, I got a job as City Magistrate, in Birmingham. My parents came down to see me sworn in. Not having been to City Hall before, I didn’t know if they had metal detectors, so I left my gun in the car on the third floor of the adjacent parking deck. We hadn’t gone 20 feet when a gunshot echoed through the parking garage. I shoved Mom and Dad between cars, and scanned the area. Seeing nothing, we hustled into City Hall. Next day’s headline was about a man who, going through a divorce, had shot his wife on the floor below us.

Remember that cops are not legally required to protect any specific person, only the public at large. Castle Rock vs. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005). All U.S. and state courts have ruled that you are on your own when it comes to self-protection. Since that’s the case, how DARE these self-appointed elites tell us where we can and cannot go armed in public? Prov. 16:12,25. John Lott, economist and author of More Guns, Less Crime, released some amazing statistics in 2015, concluding that licensed concealed carriers are even more law-abiding than police! (foxnews.com/Fox news Opinion, 2-24-15); police are the number one factor in reducing crime. Yet, a study in Police Quarterly showed that from Jan. 1, 2005 to Dec. 31, 2007, cops committed an average 703 crimes per year. With 570,000 cops nationwide during that period, that gives a rate of 124 crimes per 100,000 cops. The crime rate for the US population as a whole during the same period was 3,813 crimes per 100,000, a rate 31 times higher than that of cops. That’s pretty good.

However, Concealed Carry Permit holders (CCP’s) are FAR more law-abiding than cops. From Oct. 1, 1987, when Florida began issuing “Shall issue” CCP’s, until Jan. 31, 2015, Florida revoked 9,366 permits for misdemeanors and felonies committed by CCP holders. That’s an annual rate of just 12.5 crimes per 100,000 CCP holders. That means Florida’s CCP’s committed crimes at a rate merely ONE-TENTH that of cops! In Texas in 2012, CCP holders committed crimes at only ONE-SIXTH of the cops’ rate; 20.5 per 100,000!

The difference is even more stark when we compare gun law violations. Cops commit 6.9 violations per 100,000, while the Florida CCP rate is an “almost-never” rate of 0.31 per 100,000, and most of those are technical, like not having their permit with them! Clearly, CCP holders are by far the MOST law abiding segment of the US population! We are the most trustworthy, self-controlled, and peaceable people out there! The ONLY people we threaten are violent criminals and, by exercising our freedom, the Leftist elites.

Gun control’s purpose is to control people, not guns. They use it to get us used to state control and convince us that without their guidance and protection, we are helpless. The elites want a “Mother, may I?” society where they make the rules. What scares them is that we are perfectly capable of protecting ourselves IF we’re allowed to. Since we are far more law-abiding than even the cops, why do the “No Guns” signs at the bank and the Post Office make us potential robbery victims going to and from our cars? (the same goes for schools, hospitals, etc.) Why can’t we carry on trains, commercial aircraft, or cruise ships? The TSA (Motto: “Groping for Significance”) can still keep their jobs looking for bombs. CCP’s on aircraft would eliminate the need for Sky Marshalls and deter hijackings. Why shouldn’t we be legal to carry everywhere we land?

Since 2003, honorably retired cops have been allowed by federal law to carry concealed everywhere, adding about 300,000 armed, trained shepherds to the deterrent effect of uniformed cops. NOT ONE of these former public servants has gone nuts and shot innocent people. Under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of our Constitution, our state-issues CCP’s ought to be valid in every city and state of America, just as our drivers’ licenses and marriages are. Call your US and state legislators and DEMAND that National Concealed Carry Reciprocity be passed NOW!

WE are, after all, a free people. (Motto: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state; the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”) “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all of its inhabitants!” Leviticus 25:10b.

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Greg Hopkins
Greg Hopkins is a recovering lawyer, city prosecutor, police Use-of-Force law instructor, former city judge in two towns and criminal defense lawyer. He’s been teaching the Bible to teens and adults for 40 years. He now trains CCP holders and armed church security teams in self defense law. He also does expert witnessing in firearms and self defense cases. His book is A Time To Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism, on the Bible and Self Defense.