Letter To The Editor

Legalized Concealed Carry Proves Deadly in Florida

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Andrew Glidden's claim that in Florida only one concealed carry permit holder has been convicted of homicide is demonstrably false. In fact, there is "blood running in the streets" in Florida just as opponents of the Florida law permitting concealed carry predicted when it was passed. For example, at least four Florida concealed carry permit holders have been convicted of homicide just since May 2007. But this statistic is deceptive in that many permit holders who kill also commit suicide. That was the scenario in a gruesome mass shooting committed by a Florida permit holder in 2010 in which the enraged permit holder killed his estranged wife and three other women at a restaurant. In 2009, a Florida Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit holder allegedly opened fire during his family's Thanksgiving Day celebration and killed four, including a six-year-old girl.

But it doesn't stop there. Charges are pending against two Florida CCW permit holders for killing law enforcement officers. Andrew can read all the gory details on the Florida incidents plus similar incidents in other states at http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm.

-Kristen Rand

Violence Policy Center

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