“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Right to Carry

American Thinker has picked up a chart showing an inverse relationship between right to carry laws and muders by firearms. Could it be so?

Here is an interesting post on how laws and states have expanded the right to carry a concealed weapon. The graph is an animated gif so watch the chart change over the years.

This graph and article from The American Thinker:

March 31, 2010
Graph of the Day for March 31, 2010
Randall Hoven

"Americans overall are far less likely to be killed with a firearm than they were when it was much more difficult to obtain a concealed-weapons permit, according to statistics collected by the federal Centers for Disease Control... In the 1980s and '90s, as the concealed-carry movement gained steam, Americans were killed by others with guns at the rate of about 5.66 per 100,000 population. In this decade, the rate has fallen to just over 4.07 per 100,000, a 28 percent drop. The decline follows a fivefold increase in the number of "shall-issue" and unrestricted concealed-carry states from 1986 to 2006." Mike Stuckey, MSNBC.


  1. Obama would ban a paraplegic from bearing arms.

  2. Welcome back, T. Your were conspicuous by your absence and even
    'ol Dougo was asking for you.

  3. LT checked up on me, I thought I'd come back.

  4. Take away the 2nd Amendment, and all the rest of it is just some chicken-scratching on old paper.

  5. The 2nd Amendment is in case the gubmint forgets the other nine.

  6. Hmmm.

    Awfully quiet.

    Everybody is scheming on their April Fools post?

  7. Here's an article for Ash.

    Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is publicly inviting customers to have sex in its bathrooms. The Valentine’s weekend promotion takes uncomfortable but electrifying sex from the close confines of an airplane and transfers it to it’s unisex bathroom stalls.

    The Liberty Village restaurant proposes its modern bathrooms become one of the “101 places to have sex before you die.” The owner says customers must bring their own condoms but she’s hiring a maid to tidy the washrooms that weekend. “She’ll be there with her feather duster and cleaning supplies