At 06:38 PM 5/26/99 -0500, Joe Dees wrote:
>The chances are small that any particular person will be packing,
>so the criminal is quite willing to play the odds (are or you gonna
>tell us that the intrepid concealed carriers among us have rendered
>us crime free?).
Only a tiny percentage of the population is composed of violent criminals. Probability dictates that even if only a small percentage of the population carries, it creates a significant selection pressure on the criminal population (do the math; while the percentages are small, there is a huge increase in actual risk to the criminal). This isn't just theoretical; there is *a lot* of real world evidence strongly suggesting the validity of the math.