Posts Tagged: Concealed Carry

Florida Now the Gunniest State in America

Terrific news! Florida is about to be the first state in the US of A to hit a million residents with concealed carry permits. (Fun fact: "the majority, 243,505, are between the ages of 51 and 65." And 80% are male.) Now, Florida, the fourth most populous state, has 19 million people. So it's not like EVERY dude has a gun. Just the ones who'll get out of their car all mad after they rear-end you.


Real America: The Gunmen Among Us

Guns kill people. That's what they are meant to do. But do gun control laws kill people? Because they are generally not supposed to do that. Concealed carry permit holders claim that they do. To find out if they are correct, I became one of them.


Red State Gun Culture Kills Cops

This is a particularly brutal column coming in the wake of yesterday's big piece on the NYPD: eight black New York city college students reported being stopped and frisked 92 times all told. Meanwhile, also in the Times today, but over on the front page, it's this: killing of police officers is at a four-year-high. The Times plays this really big and really wrong, and calls this "a disturbing trend," but it's actually not. (It is disturbing, of course.) But 2008 was the ten-year low for police officers being killed, and 2012 is, so far, year-to-date, down 49% from last year. So it's actually the opposite of [...]


Real America: Dan Baum's Sexy Gun

Earlier today we linked to a selection of questions answered by author Dan Baum about his latest Harper's cover story, "Happiness is a Worn Gun." Baum's examination of the feelings about carrying a concealed handgun may on the surface appear reasonable and inoffensive. A deeper look proves this is not the case. That's not all that surprising from a writer who starts his reasoning on gun research, "Why do we need to explain why we like guns? Nobody feels a need to explain why people like guitars, or radios, or model trains. What makes guns different?" The obvious answer to Baum's dumb question is "because guitars and model [...]