A new Texas law that allows most people to carry pistols in public without permission or training ensures that the best way to prevent crime and stop armed bad guys is to have armed good guys nearby Partially came from the belief of many Texas people that it is.
Governor Greg Abbott and a Republican ally in Congress made Texas the largest state of so-called unauthorized carry law this summer, but to make it easier for people to protect themselves without government intervention. Touted it as a way to do it.
“In the best scenario, the police are minutes away, but if you’re in danger, you need immediate protection, so you can keep us safe,” Texas Gunn said. Bethany Young, the legislator at Rights, said. Due to the passage of a law that came into force on Wednesday.
However, investigations show that crime actually increases after such legislation comes into force. And Texas officials, including many who oppose the new measures, said that as more people were armed and roaming, more disagreements were resolved by shooting, and lost or stolen firearms fell into the hands of criminals. I am worried that it will be.
With that new law, Texas has joined nearly 20 states that allow possession of some form of unregulated pistols. Texas has already allowed rifles to be carried in public without a license. However, as of a few days ago, most Texas people over the age of 21 who were not convicted of a particular crime were holsters without training, permission, or state-owned background checks. You can carry your pistol in public.
Some of the unauthorized carry states passed the law this year, and researchers say more time is needed to fully study the effects of such measures, but Stetson in Florida studying gun violence. Sven Smith, an assistant professor of sociology at the university, said the data collected so various studies suggest that crime rates in states with open carry law increase by 10% to 15%.
“The United States follows the traditional notion of fighting fire. The best defense is a good attack, that type of thinking,” Smith said. “But the overwhelming dominance of statistics is neither certain nor definitive … they are only pointing in one direction.”
Studies also suggest that such laws tend to boost the sale of guns, Smith said.
According to a 2018 study by a professor at the University of Denver, “The overall trend of increased handgun sales in the United States is partly due to the liberalization of hidden carrying weapons laws, such as unauthorized carrying laws. There is. “
This is worrisome to Houston Police Assistant Chief Rally Satter White, as more guns in public can lead to more weapon thefts, especially from vehicles. Nearly 3,000 guns were stolen from a Houston vehicle last year. So far this year, that number has exceeded 2,000.
“Many of these guns are used for shooting, murder, and violent crimes,” he said.
Satterwhite and other law enforcement officers are responsible for most gun owners, but lack training in making guns accessible in public and when and how to use them. He says he is worried that some people will fire guns when there is no deadly force. Not legally permitted.
In recent months, the Houston area has been flooded with conflicts in which people try to resolve seemingly trivial controversies with guns, but the problem is not unique to the fourth largest city in the United States. In one case, a man was threatened with a pistol after honking at a car in front of him in a fast-food drive-through. In another example, someone fired at a nail salon over a disagreement over the prices of nail polish and pedicure. And the 17-year-old boy was killed in a angry shooting on the road on his way home with his family after the Houston Astros match.
In another Houston area incident, Deandrea Citizen, a homeless woman who dealt with a mental illness, was shot by another woman, Christine Fesus. She claimed that Citizen threatened her with a gun while walking the dog. Authorities say the citizens are not armed. Fessus was charged with murder.
“There is no way Dee tried to attack her. Dee didn’t have aggressive bones in her body,” said Aimee Graham, one of her citizen’s friends.
These shootings took place before the new unlicensed carrying law came into force, but gun control groups such as law enforcement officers and Moms Demand Action are armed and roamed by untrained people. I’m worried that it will become more common.
“Guns are for defense, not for resolving conflicts, but for saving people’s lives,” said Kim Ogg, Houston’s chief prosecutor, Harris County Procurator. Is what I’m afraid of. ” “I think increasing the number of guns means more access, which inevitably means more shooting and killing. That’s bad for Houston. It’s bad for Texas.”
Young, along with Texas Gunlights, said the gun control group “promises terrorism, violence and blood on the streets if there is a move towards gun rights.” However, she claims that a state with similar legislation to Texas is one of the safest states in the country.
18-year-old son Harrison Hagan Schmitt legally bought a gun in 2019 Road Rage shooting in Houston but was killed by someone untrained Angelica Harfen, new law makes people safer He said he didn’t want to. She fears it could lead to a more deadly road rage attack.
“He must be alive. He had a promising future … just a good heart and a good soul. And for what? Because someone lost his temper?” Harfen said about his son. “And now, with this (new law), it scares me. I don’t want anyone to experience what my family is experiencing.”