Charlie Collins versus Max Brantley on Gun Control

John Stossel report “Myth: Gun Control Reduces Crime

After this horrible shooting in the school the other day it seems the gun control debate has fired up again.  Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times jumped on Charlie Collins concerning his position on concealed weapons but I think that would lower gun crimes and not raise them.

Charlie Collins will again try to expand legal guns on campus


Posted by on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM

MORE GUNS: Collins will try again on college staff carry bill.

  • MORE GUNS: Collins will try again on college staff carry bill.

Seemed a good time to ask Republican Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville whether he’d any change of heart/plans regarding his plan to again introduce legislation to allow college staff to carry guns on campus. His response: 

As I tweeted in response to a comment by @mervinj earlier today, I will be happy to reengage on this issue after we allow some time for mourning. I believe there are funerals scheduled for some of the children this week. This senseless tragedy leaves all of us heartsick for the families that have lost their loved ones.

The direct answer to your question is that yes, I will reintroduce my professor carry bill (it was HB1479 in the last session). I believe the legislation can help deter some crazy killers from attacking people on our college campuses and/or reduce the loss of life in those situations that do occur, since the potential exists under my bill for full time employees and faculty who have a concealed carry permit to act in self defense against a killer while they are at work on their college campus. There is no provision for student carry on campus in my legislation. I will be happy to engage with you on this later.

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.

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  • Don Riley  On March 21, 2013 at 4:57 am

    There are over 21,000 gun laws on the books. Not enough? And the administration, and the media, keep talking about an assault weapons ban.
    They have been banned for YEARS!! What is sold on the American market is NOT an assault weapon.

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