The incidence of violent crime in Michigan in the six years since the law went into effect has been, on average, below the rate of the previous six years. The overall incidence of death from firearms, including suicide and accidents, also has declined.
Not particularly surprising to any of us, since most studies have shown that when carry laws are opened up, crime either goes down or the carry laws have no effect, but rarely does crime go up when CCW laws are expanded. According to the article in the Free Press, 1 in about every 65 residents of Michigan now has a permit to carry a concealed firearm, a rate which I find absolutely fantastic.
I don’t really have much to say about that article, but there is one humorous part later on when the reporter talks to the head of the Michigan chapter of the Million Mom March about Michigan’s gun laws. It’s not “ha-ha” funny, but rather it’s amusing because it demonstrates the “we cannot be wrong” mindset that a lot of these folks are driven by.
Shikha Hamilton of Grosse Pointe, president of the Michigan chapter of the anti-gun group Million Moms March, said she believes overall gun violence (including suicide and accidental shootings) is up in Michigan since 2001. Many incidents involving CCW permit holders have not been widely reported, she said.
That’s right, since the government statistics don’t agree with her pre-conceived notions, than the government statistics must be wrong, because her ideology cannot possibly be wrong.