What a public relations disaster that label has been.
When I ran for Governor on the Libertarian ticket in 2002, I certainly supported the concept, but I knew it was a kiss of death for those advancing the right for people to protect themselves with guns outside the home.
I referred to the concept as being a “personal protection” measure.
In 2001, Michigan had approved such legislation.
Similar state, similar problems, but no experience by the time I was running.
I remember reading that the Sheriff of Wayne County predicted shoot-outs on the streets of Detroit.
A year later, he admitted he had been wrong.
Ten years later, the Detroit Free Press ran an article entitled,
10 years after concealed weapons law, unclear why many in state were gun-shy
Another article is here.
If you are a liberal who believes approval of this concept of personal protection is the beginning of the ending of your world, please read the article.
Only about 4% of adults have licenses in Michigan. 2% of them have been sanctioned for misbehavior by law enforcement officials.
My argument eleven years ago was that a very small percentage of individuals could act as a deterrent to crime.
Let me give you my theoretical argument first and then a real life example from the streets of Chicago.
While I was running for Governor, there was a serial rapist on the North Side.
I argued that rapists are basically chickens. They are too afraid of women to ask them for a date.
So, if even a small, but well-publicized percentage of women in an area were able to protect themselves with guns, I figure that there would be less instances of sexual assault.
That approach would work on college campuses, too, but my guess is that the Illinois General Assembly will continue to make them “Protection Free Zones.” (Think back to the Northern Illinois University massacre. There was a woman killed sitting in the second row of the auditorium. She was a former member of the Armed Forces. Although she served in a supporting role, she would have been trained and capable of taking out the gunman on stage, had Illinois allowed her to carry a weapon.)