Originally Posted by chiefst2000
I'm saying that getting simple statistics does not require an all encompassing study. I want to know if concealed carry permit holders are committing crimes with their weapons. I would like to know specifically how many crimes are committed using rifles. I don't need a study that uses biased assumptions. These numbers are static.
The reason the numbers aren't available is because IMO (educated guess here as I don't have the statistics) the numbers are miniscule.
Your primary concern appears to be the transfer of legally purchased weapons to criminals. If you have a proposal that will reduce that I'm happy to listen. I believe that all handguns are already registered. If they arent they should be. As far as the rifles go I don't see any reason to create a database and register all of them as they are rarely used in crimes.
To address the other response, of course I want to protect my family from savagery. The thing for me is that I feel the best way to do so is by owning a weapon myself. Your solution is to take away my right to own one and hope that the government will take the guns away from the criminals. Since I know (Notice I didn't say "think" there) that criminals will always have access to guns the only real assurance of protection for my family is to even the playing field. The gun toting criminals will prefer to go after softer targets (like you?) that don't have the means to defend themselves. At least that's my theory.
You have children in your house and have a loaded gun readily available? I have an alarm system and police response to it is as fast as I could get to a gun and ammo that was properly locked up. Soft target, that's a good one. As if a guy woken from his sleep is actually going to defend himself with a concealable weapon or an assault rifle.
You know what a soft target is a teacher in an inner city school who weighs about 120 carrying a loaded gun. That's the NRA solution, pure stupid.
Weren't the guns used in CT. legally purchased. Weren't they used by a mass murdering criminal?