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http://www.newstribune.com/articles/2009/10/20/opinion/072op01hardlessonsy09.txt


Felons learning hard lessons
By The News Tribune


Felonious behavior is becoming more dangerous, if two recent incidents are any indication.

During a home invasion on Oct. 5, one of the intruders was shot and killed by one of the occupants of the mobile home.

And an armed assailant is recovering from wounds after he was shot Oct. 13 by one of the people he was attempting to herd into a building housing law offices on East Capitol Avenue.

In the first case, the weapon was kept in the home, which always has been allowed to defend people and property.

In the second incident, the assailant was shot by someone who qualifies under the conceal and carry law.

Sheriff Greg White is a proponent of the conceal and carry law, passed by lawmakers in 2003 after Missouri voters rejected a similar law in 1999.

The law requires people to attain a standard of proficiency with weapons before they are permitted to carry a concealed gun. Proponents of the law believe it offers a greater sense of security and decreases crime by prompting felons to consider the consequences of armed confrontation.

We confess to harboring some reservations about the concealed carry law. Our fear was an increase in guns in public would result in more guns being displayed prematurely and/or more accidents.

White said recently: “All the fears over conceal and carry have never manifested.”

We concede the point.

Anecdotal evidence does not suggest an increase in accidents or unprovoked gunplay.

The evidence, however, does show people defending themselves from harm.

The message being sent to felons is don't bring a weapon to a crime unless you're prepared to accept the risk.
 

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It is really nice to see a public official be man enough to admit that his preconceived views were unjustified...that is the difference between a public servant and a political hack.
 

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It is really nice to see a public official be man enough to admit that his preconceived views were unjustified...that is the difference between a public servant and a political hack.
Did you mean Sheriff White or the person on the paper?
My take is Sheriff White was always in favor of concealed carry.

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Did you mean Sheriff White or the person on the paper?
My take is Sheriff White was always in favor of concealed carry.

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"We confess to harboring some reservations about the concealed carry law. Our fear was an increase in guns in public would result in more guns being displayed prematurely and/or more accidents."
After re-reading, I guess the "we" is the editorial board, initially I thought that Sheriff White meant "we" as an agency.

In that case, I'm glad that the editorial board "manned up", that is even rarer!
 
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