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From Texas:

Armed criminals should take notice.

Next time they try to mug someone, rob a convenience store or take a person’s car at gunpoint, the would-be victim or victims also could be carrying a weapon.

A growing number of Texans have applied and are authorized to carry concealed guns, show Texas Department of Public Safety records.

Figures for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31, have yet to be compiled, but at the end of calendar year 2009 the number of concealed handgun licenses increased 61.4 percent compared to the previous year, DPS reported.

I’m not surprised:

Marsha McCartney, president of the Dallas-based North Texas Chapter of the Brady Campaign, a nationwide organization that favors gun ownership restrictions, didn’t return several calls for comment.

In previous interviews, McCartney and other gun control advocates have said they worry about the growing number of Texans getting concealed handgun licenses because they say it has the potential for more violent crime.

So far that hasn’t been the case, according to some law enforcement agencies.

Remember, a potentiality is not an actuality. Make them argue actualities and not get away with potentialities. To do otherwise is like letting some racist argue, “If those uppity blacks are not put in their place they will taking your jobs and the whole country will fall apart.”

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