* Florida adopted a right-to-carry law in 1987. At the time the law was passed, critics predicted increases in violence. The founder of the National Organization of Women, Betty Friedan stated:

“lethal violence, even in self defense, only engenders more violence.”

* When the law went into effect, the Dade County Police began a program to record all arrest and non arrest incidents involving concealed carry licensees.

Between September of 1987 and August of 1992, Dade County recorded 4 crimes committed by licensees with firearms. None of these crimes resulted in an injury. The record keeping program was abandoned in 1992 because there were not enough incidents to justify tracking them.

* Florida adopted a right-to-carry law in 1987. Between 1987 and 1996, these changes occurred:

+ Homicide rate in Florida down 36%
+ Firearm homicide rate in Florida down 37%
+ Handgun homicide rate in Florida down 41%

* 221,443 concealed carry licenses were issued in Florida between October of 1987 and April of 1994. During that time, Florida recorded 18 crimes committed by licensees with firearms.

* As of 1998, nationwide, there has been 1 recorded incident in which a permit holder shot someone following a traffic accident. The permit holder was not charged, as the grand jury ruled the shooting was in self defense.

* As of 1998, no permit holder has ever shot a police officer. There have been several cases in which a permit holder has protected an officer’s life.

The bottom line is: When people are allowed to carry concealed firearms criminals think twice. The statistics show that trained citizens that carry firearms not only are protecting themselves but they also protect everyone around them without having to even show that they are armed. Just the possibility that a victim may be armed is a great deterrent.

When you have gun control the only people that you are controlling are the law abiding citizens. Criminals don’t follow gun control laws. Gun control laws only make the population more vulnerable to their attacks!

What I don’t understand is why seemingly intelligent people just don’t understand simple logic?