Anyone who has a gun knows that in Los Angeles it’s basically impossible to get a license to carry that gun. This means that while it might be perfect for defending yourself if someone breaks into your house – if someone tries to mug you on the street it’s not going to do much good. The National Association of Chiefs of Police released its 17th Annual Survey of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs and it has an interesting section on this kind of thing:
“With regard to private citizens owning firearms for sport or self-defense, 93.6 percent of the respondents supported civilian gun-ownership rights. Ninety-six percent of the police chiefs and sheriffs believe criminals obtain firearms from illegal sources and 92.2 percent revealed they hadn’t arrested anyone for violation of the so-called “waiting period” laws. When asked if citizens concealed-weapons permits would reduce violent crime, 63.1 percent said yes.”
It’s pretty interesting that the vast majority of Police Chiefs know that allowing citizens to have guns makes people safer, and most of them are happy to say that honest citizens being allowed to carry a concealed weapon will help reduce crime that in a city like LA where the constant complaint is that there are not enough police officers on the streets to be effective in reducing crime the people making the decisions here would work so hard to keep guns out of the hands of law abiding people.
Just an observation.