New On-Line Resource Tallies News Reports of CCW Killings

by Free Speech on December 2, 2009

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12/2/09
Lodi, WI

Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Have Killed 8 Law Enforcement Officers, 77 Private Citizens  Over Two and a Half Year Period According to New On-Line Resource That Tallies News Reports of CCW Killings

Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) Says State’s Prohibition Against Carrying Concealed Handguns In Public Saves Lives and Protects Law Enforcement Officials

Washington, DC–Concealed handgun permit holders killed eight law enforcement officers and 77 private citizens (including 10 shooters who killed themselves after an attack) during the period May 2007 through October 2009 according to a new Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of such killings.  The web site, CCW Killers, is located at http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm and is updated monthly to include new fatal shootings and changes in the legal status of concealed handgun permit holders facing criminal charges.  (Any concealed handgun permit holders who are eventually acquitted of their alleged crimes are not included in the tallies maintained on the site although the facts surrounding the shooting are detailed.)

Wisconsin and Illinois are the only states that prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns in public places.  The gun lobby has targeted both states through aggressive legislation and litigation while using its special-interest money to intimidate elected officials in support of its pro-gun agenda.  For example, in 2006 the National Rifle Association hosted its annual meeting in Milwaukee with the stated purpose of defeating Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, who had previously vetoed legislative attempts to enact a law allowing concealed handguns to be carried in public.  Wisconsin gun violence prevention advocates say the leadership shown by the governor in standing up to the gun lobby has saved lives and should be a model for other governors and state legislatures.

“It is sobering to think of all the police officers and other Americans who have been murdered at the hands of concealed handgun permit holders,” said Jeri Bonavia, executive director of WAVE Educational Fund.  “We are thankful that, here in Wisconsin , we don’t have a law that threatens our public safety by permitting the carrying of hidden, loaded handguns in public places.”

The new VPC web site offers detailed descriptions of the 46 incidents, which occurred in 18 states (see http://www.vpc.org/fact_sht/ccwtotalkilled.pdf for detailed descriptions of all incidents).  Of these incidents, 10 were murder-suicides involving firearms and eight were mass shootings (three or more victims) that claimed as many as 11 lives at a time.  Law enforcement officers were killed in Florida (two incidents), Idaho , Ohio , and Pennsylvania (two incidents).  All of the law enforcement killings were committed with guns.

Private citizens were killed in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida (nine incidents), Idaho (two incidents), Kentucky, Michigan (three incidents), New York, North Carolina (two incidents), Ohio (three incidents), Oklahoma (two incidents), Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina (two incidents), Tennessee (five incidents), Texas, Utah (two incidents), and Virginia (three incidents).  All but one of the killings were committed with guns.

Kristen Rand, legislative director for the Violence Policy Center, states, “This new web site makes clear that contrary to the false promises of the gun lobby the simple and deadly fact is that state concealed handgun systems are arming cop-killers, mass shooters, and other murderers.”

Because most state systems that allow the carrying of concealed handguns in public by private citizens release little data about crimes committed by permit holders, the VPC reviews and tallies concealed handgun permit holder killings as reported by news outlets.  It is likely that the actual number of fatal criminal incidents involving concealed handgun permit holders is far higher.

The Violence Policy Center (www.vpc.org) is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury.

The Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Educational Fund (www.waveedfund.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing firearm violence, injuries, and deaths in Wisconsin through education, outreach and advocacy.

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1 dale Lamminen December 2, 2009 at 10:05 PM

In that same two and a half years 30,000 people, including law enforcement officers, were killed by drunk drivers. Drivers that were given a State license to use a 2500 pound automobile to kill someone. Why don’t you pur things in the proper perspective? Of course your only objective is to eliminate private use of firearms for personal defense and you will use any snippet of data to justify that ebd.

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