An opinion piece in Texas A&M’s The Batt says that concealed carry is good.
A study by criminologists Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz estimated that firearms are used for self-defense 2.5 million times every year. In the 1980s, the U.S. Justice Department funded a study by the Social and Demographic Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts. In this study, 1,874 convicted felons from 10 states were interviewed.
The results were astonishing.
According to the study, 34 percent of the criminal respondents said they had been scared off, shot at, wounded or captured by an armed citizen, and 40 percent said they had been deterred from committing a particular crime because they believed the potential victim was armed. If anything, this study seems to admit that it’s safe to say armed citizens scare criminals and deter crime.
I am not astonished, but then I have a (mostly useless) concealed carry. Why is it mostly useless? Because I can’t carry at any of my jobs, since they are all on college campuses. So I rarely carry.