CCW Permit Holders Across the United States

The Crime Prevention Research Center has released a 27-page report on concealed handgun permit holders across the United States. Here is the abstract:

    Since President Obama’s election the number of concealed handgun permits has soared, growing from 4.6 million in 2007 to over 12.8 million this year. Among the findings in our report:
  • The number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever- increasing rate. Over the past year, 1.7 million additional new permits have been issued – a 15.4% increase in just one single year. This is the largest ever single-year increase in the number of concealed handgun permits.
  • 5.2% of the total adult population has a permit.
  • Five states now have more than 10% of their adult population with
    concealed handgun permits.
  • In ten states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of
    the state. This is a major reason why legal carrying handguns is growing so
    much faster than the number of permits.
  • Since 2007, permits for women has increased by 270% and for men by
  • Some evidence suggests that permit holding by minorities is increasing more
    than twice as fast as for whites.
  • Between 2007 and 2014, murder rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.2
    (preliminary estimates) per 100,000. This represents a 25% drop in the murder rate at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with permits soared by 178%. Overall violent crime also fell by 25 percent over that period of time.
  • Regression estimates show that even after accounting for the per capita number of police and people admitted to prison and demographics, the adult population with permits is significantly associated with a drop in murder and violent crime rates.
  • Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors or felonies at one- sixth the rate that police officers are convicted.

Obama is massively misguided in his determination to take guns away from law-abiding citizens who posses them for legal purposes, such as their own protection from criminal attack.  Calling 911 is of little help when seconds count and the police are minutes away.

Has Obama ever been right about anything?  I can’t think of anything he has done or wants to do that makes any sense.


Bill Otis on crime and punishment

Bill Otis is adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law School. His remarks begin at the 35:00 minute mark in the video and last for 9 minutes. Move the slider to the 35:00 minute mark to listen and watch his remarks. It’s hard to get right on the mark so you may need to listen to a few seconds of the previous speaker, but you don’t want to miss Bill Otis from the first second he begins to speak. You will be treated to 9 minutes of pure wisdom and insight. The entire video is an hour and 33 minutes.

The old SNL is back!

Seriously, when I first watched the video below I thought it might be a skit by the old Saturday Night Live, you know, back a few decades ago when they did skits that were actually funny.  But alas this is grim reality on parade here.  I did laugh several times, though, at the very dark humor of John Kerry who has no idea what a ridiculous man he is. He should never allow himself to be in a video in which Senator Tom Cotton is showing him to be such a fool, but we already knew that.

Angelo Codevilla’s prediction for 2016

“The 2016 election is simple; the person who runs on the platform ‘Who do they think they are?’ will win.”

In this Powerline post a few days ago Steven Hayward reported that Angelo Codevilla said this in a conversation a few months ago. Codevilla is the author of The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It.

The ruling class operates from a totalitarian impulse to impose hegemony over not only everything we do, but the way we think any how we speak. Obama has said, “We’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks.” Hillary Clinton recently asserted her desire for control over culture and society when she said, “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

Reasoned argument and debate to support and defend their policy positions are not the way of the ruling class. They have an insatiable need to feel good about themselves while looking down on others.  Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy used the term “dignitary interests” in support of gay marriage and to demonize all who disagree. In his mind, support for same-sex marriage must be honored and all who disagree must be vilified as bigots.

The Ruling Class means to force us to honor all of their intellectual and moral falsehoods. If we wish to remain who we are in the face of their threats and scolding lectures we have no alternative but to clearly and loudly to distinguish between true and false, right and wrong, moral and immoral, even up and down, fully making the case for what we believe to be right, good and true. The Ruling Class cannot be placated or appeased. It must be confronted and defeated politically. There is no viable alternative to challenging the ruling class’s fantasies and euphemisms substantively, in detail with cogent, convincing and compelling argument. Their response will be what it always is: demonization and ad hominem attack. It’s all they have. They are devoid of thoughtful arguments.

I think that’s what Codevilla meant when he said the person who runs on the platform “Who do they think they are?” will win in 2016.

In Steven Hayward’s Powerline post Codevilla says the reason Donald Trump is riding high right now is because he is the only one on the public stage presently shouting “Who do they think they are.” It’s resonating with voters who are fed up with the ruling class in both parties and they want someone to make that case.

Codevilla’s final judgment on Trump is that ultimately he is not the right person to successfully win the fight against the ruling class.


Reynolds: Politicians put graft before progress

USA Today:

On Twitter, the other day, someone tweeted a quote from Will Spencer: “When life gives you lemons, apply for a business license, a food service license, and a sales tax license and make lemonade.”

This cynical-but-realistic statement drew a reply in the same vein from Tennessee Sen. Frank Niceley: “Then hire a lobbyist to make lemonade consumption mandatory and subsidize it.” Another cynic responded: “You then also need to require government approval to open new lemonade stands.” And the final word in this little colloquy was: “Then lobby again for regulations you can handle, but will bury your competition.”

Cynical or not, these statements accurately describe why economic progress is so much harder today than it once was. But why is it so much harder? And why are so many politicians coming out against innovative new services such as Uber or Airbnb? The answer, I think, is simple: Those new services offer insufficient opportunities for graft. The old services they compete with — hotels or taxi companies — offer politicians a better deal, even if the deal they offer for consumers often isn’t as good. And politicians back the companies because — and be clear about this — politicians don’t care about you, they care about using their positions to accumulate money, power and prestige.

Democrats risk losing Millennials if they keep going after upstart businesses like Uber because Millennials love Uber. They love using their smartphones to organize and execute their daily events and they love that Uber competes with the taxi cartels. They love it for the same reasons they love Netflix, because it competes with something they absolutely hate, such as Comcast.

Millennials don’t own things, not even a car for many of them. The use Car2go where they can rent by the minute, use an App on their phone to find a parked car nearby, and then use a card on a reader to unlock the doors and drive off. When they’re done with the car they can leave it in any legal parking space. Perfect for the Millennial lifestyle.  Ain’t free markets great!

More and more of these sorts of convenient solutions to everyday challenges are being developed. They all offer insufficient opportunities for graft, so you can bet that politicians will try to stifle them to protect their cronies, and their own power and money.  Republican establishment types are also into this game. This presents an opportunity for conservatives and Tea Party types to move in and capture young voters.  It’s an opportunity to spit in the eye of McConnell, Boehner and their ilk.

Read all of Reynolds’ article.

It’s time for McConnell and Boehner to resign

Mark Levin:

It is time for Mitch McConnell and John Boehner to resign for the good of the nation and the Republican Party. The nation and GOP are both suffering as a result of the unwillingness or inability of McConnell and Boehner to effectively defend either. Instead, these politicians are consumed with consolidating their own power on Capitol Hill and silencing opponents who dare to challenge their ironfisted rule.

Sadly, they rarely act in the best interests of America’s future. Indeed, time and again they have delivered victory after victory for Obama and his radical agenda — from spending, borrowing, and Obamacare to illegal immigration, Iran and “trade” power. Never before has a Congress controlled by one party been so thoroughly impotent.

This is due to the disastrous leadership of McConnell and Boehner. It is time for younger, wiser, and more courageous Republican leadership — constitutional conservatives who understand the role of a statesman in perilous times — who are willing to truly lead the nation and the Republican Party based on America’s enlightened principles, advance the cause of liberty and republican government, and make the case everyday to the American people.

Extending the Import/Export Bank which was established by FDR and the New Deal to make it easier for small business to engage in international trade but has morphed into the worst sort of crony capitalism and corporate welfare for large multinational corporations who do not need it; voting to continue forcing taxpayers to pony up $1.5 Billion a year to fund the planned depravity of Planned Parenthood; standing by while Obama helps the biggest sponsor on international terrorism get a nuclear bomb; and their continuing attempts to silence conservatives are just a few of the latest atrocities by McConnell and Boehner They need to go before they bankrupt America and set the Middle East on a course of nuclear destruction.

UPDATE: House GOP to Senate: We’re not taking up your highway bill House tells McConnell and his new friend (Barbara Boxer!) to go pound sand.


Charles J. Rhone, legendary Wyoming cowboy

Charles J. Rhone, in circa 1890s in Cheyenne

Charles J. Rhone, circa 1890s in Cheyenne




















Charles J. Rhone first came to the Dakota Territory as a child in 1876. He later became a legendary cowboy and railroad man in Cheyenne. I don’t know too much about his life, and I’m trying to find out more. His granddaughter, Harriet Elizabeth “Liz” Byrd (1926-2015) was a friend of my mother’s. Liz Byrd was a school teacher in Cheyenne for 37 years before becoming the first Black woman to be elected to the Wyoming legislature where she was a Democrat member the House from 1981-88 and in the State Senate from 1989-92. Her husband, James “Jim” Byrd became the first black man to be chief of the Cheyenne police in 1966. He died in 2005.

Liz Byrd attended my mother’s funeral in 2006 and wrote in the sign-in book that my mother was the best person she had ever known. She also wrote a brief description of her friend Frances Giles who was too sick to attend my mom’s funeral. When I was a child we lived across the street from the African American family of Frances Giles and her husband Jetti Giles. Their children were playmates of mine.  Frances’ mother, known a “Mama Hattie,” lived with them and was an early disciplinarian of mine. My mother told her not to let me get away with anything, and she sure didn’t.

While Liz Byrd was the first black woman in the Wyoming legislature, William Jefferson Hardin was the first black person in the legislature. He served in the territorial legislature before Wyoming became a state in 1890.

The story of Liz Byrd’s grandfather represents an example of the beginning of what has been called the Great Migration of blacks out of the South after the Civil War. Sometimes the term “Great Migration” refers to black migration to the Norther industrial cities in the first half of the 20th Century, but the post Civil War migration, while not as “great” perhaps, was nonetheless very significant both for the newly freed former slaves and for the Western United States. Racial animus was much less vital in the West because the newly arriving blacks were eager to find meaningful work, and the West was eager to accept them. A good cowboy was so much appreciated and needed nobody much cared what color his skin might be. If he could ride and rope cattle he was assured of a job and some respect to go along with it.

Liz Byrd’s grandfather appears to have been too young to have ever been a slave himself, but his parents surely must have been. Therefor, he is representative of the black migration of the freedmen to the West seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

I love the photo shown here, which I found at this website. It depicts a man proud and sure of himself, a true Wyoming cowboy and a rugged individual. The life of a man like Charles J. Rhone puts into perspective an event that I remember from my childhood in Cheyenne. When I was probably about 6 or 7 years old my mother and I would walk over the viaduct from the South Side of Cheyenne to the downtown area to go to the post office and pay the light bill. Then we would walk to a popular cafe on East 16th Street called The Coffee Cup for lunch. This would have been in the first part of the 1950s decade. In case you haven’t already guessed my mother and I are white Caucasians. Apparently the Coffee Cup had just changed ownership and the new owner must have been from the South. In the window of the front door appeared a large printed sign bearing the words, “No Colored Trade.” I was old enough to read so I could read it, but I didn’t know what it meant. I knew that African Americans were called “colored” at that time, but I still didn’t make the connection. My mother did, and she was horrified. I remember her saying, “Stop, we are not going in there.” We turned around and left.

I asked why (because I didn’t know what the sign really meant) and my mother explained that it meant that our friends who lived across the street from us were not allowed to eat there. She said, “If they can’t eat there, then we won’t either.”

That must have pretty much been the sentiment in Cheyenne at the time because the Coffee Cup, once a popular eatery, soon closed it doors for lack of business.

Somebody should have told the new owner that Wyoming is the Equality State and a that lot of black cowboys and railroad workers had helped to make it what it was, and we aimed to keep it that way.

More Wyoming history: Wyoming Range War-1892