I’m sure that wasn’t their intent but it’s nice of the VPC to put up a website and do the research to prove our point.
Sebastian shows us the VPC is misleading if not outright lying.
Joe Waldron on the WA-CCW email list points out:
85 deaths in 2.5 years, by 5,000,000+ CCW holders. I’d be willing to bet rogue cops have killed far more, per capita (6-8 times as many CCW holders as sworn police officers). 35 deaths/year on average, that’s one murder per 142,000 CCW holders.
Contrast that to what the overall murder rate is in this country, 5.4 murders per 100,000. So, the average CCW holder is (5.4/100,000)/(1/142,000) or 7.668 times less likely to murder someone than your average private citizen. And that’s not correcting for the exaggerations pointed out by Sebastian and the conservative numbers used by Waldron (it’s actually 34/5,000,000+ or 1/147,059+). So the real number is probably on the order of 10 times less likely.
Thank you VPC.