Simple: a pro-rights weblogger who has only been writing for about a year now wrote up a post documenting the growth of concealed handgun permits and decrease in firearm-related crime, he sent it to a reporter, and she took the ball and ran with it:
Compared to last year, almost 33,000 more people can carry a concealed handgun in North Carolina. During that same time period, the crimes involving handguns has decreased.
Permit holders said it is about prevention.
“The comforting part is knowing that you have the means to protect yourself, your family, your loved ones,” said Phil Stanberry.
Statewide, the number of people who got a concealed carry permit increased by almost 17 percent last year.
Not only are the facts out there, folks, the facts are very plain for just about everyone to see – historically speaking, on average, handgun carry permit holders are generally more law-abiding than their “unpermitted” brethren *. This is not guesswork. This is not propaganda. This is not a baseless assumption. This is verifiable fact.
And the media is starting to catch on to those facts, as well as the notion, if the quotes in that article are any indication, that self-defense is not only a basic human right, it is also a good idea that a whole lot of people from all kinds of backgrounds share and support.
One day, the sight of a couple walking down the street with 1911s openly strapped to their waists will be as common and unremarkable as the sight of a mixed-ethnicity couple holding hands on the other side of the street. We are not there yet. We may not be there in my lifetime. But the facts are on our side, and we are winning.
(* – On the other hand, members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns are 45 times more likely to be convicted of crimes than Florida concealed firearm license holders. Go figure.)