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John Stossel report “Myth: Gun Control Reduces Crime

Both John Brummett and Max Brantley have made it clear that they support gun control. I am going to start a series today debunking popular myths about guns and gun control.

During this series on gun control, I will be quoting from an article “Gun Control:Myths and Realities” by David Lampo of the Cato Institute.

4. States that allow registered citizens to carry concealed weapons have lower crime rates than those that don’t.

This happens to be true. The 31 states that have “shall issue” laws allowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons have, on average, a 24 percent lower violent crime rate, a 19 percent lower murder rate and a 39 percent lower robbery rate than states that forbid concealed weapons. In fact, the nine states with the lowest violent crime rates are all right-to-carry states. Remarkably, guns are used for self-defense more than 2 million times a year, three to five times the estimated number of violent crimes committed with guns.

Today I am profiling State Lawmaker Stephen Meeks. Here is his story:
I grew up in Springhill and graduated from Greenbrier High School in 1988. The summer following high school I joined the US Army Reserve and attended basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. 

The following spring my father’s job transferred us to Jacksonville, Florida, where I attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville.  I received an A.S. Degree in Telecommunication Engineering Technology and an A.A. Degree. Following college I worked for a number of years as computer technician.

I served  two terms as president of the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society, taught a continuing education class at Jacksonville University and as an adjunct astronomy professor for Fl. Community College. I also served as a subject matter expert at several Space Shuttle launches.

I eventually left the computer field for a chance to teach 3rd and then 4th grade at a Christian elementary school. In 2003 I started what was one of my more enjoyable positions as an operations manager for one of the top 100 movie theaters in the country. By the time I left in 2006, I was responsible for the hiring, training and scheduling of our over 100 employees.

In Sept. 2005 I married Jennifer my first and only wife. In July 2006 we returned to Arkansas and the following year, with help from my cousin, we built our home. In July 2009, we had our first child, Rebecca.

Family Photographs
A few photographs of my family to help you get to know me better.
Jennifer and I visiting relatives in Florida. At the pumpkin patch. Me, sister Kelly, and David
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