As of today, Oklahoma is the 16th state that doesn’t require a permit for concealed carry. A look at how concealed carry laws have changed since 1986: pic.twitter.com/WjNjPrRO4V
— Rob (@rob99711) November 1, 2019
Depending on the definition you use, there are either fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen constitutional carry states in the union. Whatever the exact number, we’ve come a long way, baby, in the years since 1986 (see the handy GIF in the tweet above) when the national map was dominated by states with either no-issue and may-issue carry laws.
What else has happened in terms of guns and crime since then? Do we have blood running ankle-deep in the streets fender-bender shootouts every day as the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex predicted at every opportunity while gun laws were being liberalized?
Why no. No, we don’t.
To the contrary . . .
America is experiencing generational, if not all-time, lows in violent crime rates.
Over the same time period . . .
The number of civilian-owned firearms in the US has about doubled.
So let’s recap for our anti-gun readers out there (who tend to need some extra help). Over the last generation, while gun laws across the country have allowed tens of millions more Americans to own and carry firearms, the national violent crime rate has fallen to levels once thought unimaginable…all while we’ve doubled the number of guns Americans own.
We’re not saying correlation is causation, but…well, you do the math.
And please…tell us once again how we’re experiencing some kind of gun violence epidemic.