Basic economics teaches that when one prices something high that few will be sold.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has proposed that Cook County residents be charged $300 to apply for a concealed carry license. That’s what the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
That will keep poor blacks and Latinos, not to mention white people from being able to legally protect themselves.
John Lott made that point in is “More Guns, Less Crime” (review here of most recent 2010 edition).
It is so intuitive that I wonder if any of the liberal commentators will pick up on what appears to be racial discrimination.
The article tells of Dart speaking “to elderly people in the south suburbs. They complained that the police were unresponsive. Some said they were regularly burglarized while they attended church.”
Does he think elderly people have $300 to spare in order to exercise a Constitutional Right?
The Federal Appellate Court decision granting concealed carry rights to Illinois residents does not say that poor people have less of a right than middle class and rich people to carry guns to protect themselves.
As the decision says,
“The Supreme Court has decided that the [Second A]mendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside.”
Dart said the $300 fee would pay for administrative fees.”