I agree, that the convention appeared to be a huge success, and all the reports I saw on it were very positive. I wish I was there, not only for the incredible gun show, but also the great presentations.
With that many visitors in town, you might be thinking that there must have been some serious problems — maybe some opportunistic criminals preying on preoccupied tourists making their way around an unfamiliar city. Well, crime was actually lower during NRA’s convention — much lower.
According to the CharlotteObserver.com article, Captain Jeff Estes, commander of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Central Division, said crime for the week was 45 percent lower than the same week a year ago.
For those who know that NRA members are among the most law-abiding of citizens, and that more guns often equates to less crime, then that figure should come as no surprise at all.
That is directly from the NRA press release.
I am all for the “More guns less crime” movement, but why try to correlate a drop in crime to the fact that the convention was there for 3 days? I really don’t think that had anything to do with it, considering the Charlotte Observer article goes on to say that crime in central Charlotte is down this year as a whole from 2009. I highly doubt the criminals in and around Charlotte were sitting at home saying “Man, I should really be out there robbing and stealing.. but there are so damn many gun owners in town. Too Risky for me!”
Maybe I’m just feeling in a nit picking mood, but this type of cause-effect reporting seems very Brady-esque. I expected more from the NRA.
*Puts on and zips up protective flame suit*
Like Glenn Beck, Palin also has a lot of good things to say. I’d still prefer she never be our president though.
Definitely worth watching.
If you have trouble starting the video, just refresh the page or click on the video window again when the loading wheel is rotating… it seems kind of picky.
Charlotte, NC – It was a very scary situation inside a 3rd Grade classroom at University Meadows Elementary. A gun went off inside a student’s desk, the bullet, missing the 20 or so students in the classroom and hitting a wall.
Full Story – HERE
hahah *sigh* kids will be kids am I right?
Just kidding This kid is going to get into so much shit from his parents and from the school. Rightfully so, he needs to know that bringing a gun to school isn’t acceptable nowadays. I’m sure the rest of his life from this point on he will practice proper trigger discipline. I can imagine his parents will get scrutinzed too considering they are responsible for him obviously.
As you can imagine, I don’t buy the fact that the gun went off on its own.
I just realized that I typed my comment assuming it was a boy that brought the gun to school. How sexist of me, a little girl is more than capable of doing such a dumb ass thing as well.
I was glad to read that all the kids are alright.
Sounds like it’s time to add some Eddie eagle and some Jeff Cooper to the curriculum.
Asheville, North Carolina – Regional Airport police arrested a 23-year-old Ohio man who was carrying a handgun and listening to police radio scanners near the runway around the time President Barack Obama’s flight was leaving Asheville, according to investigators.
Joseph Sean McVey, 23, of Coshocton, Ohio, is charged with going armed in terror of the public, a misdemeanor, said Asheville Regional Airport Police Capt. Kevan Smith.
Full Story – HERE
So showing up to “talk” to the president with a handgun, a fake ass police car, no valid license, and rifle scope dope is only a misdemeanor? I would have assumed it would be been treated a lot more seriously. The article said McVey was just in the parking lot though, so I guess it wasn’t considered an imminent threat.
I also wonder why he was monitoring police frequencies, and had digital cameras mounted on his front and rear windows. It would make sense if he works for a security company, because all that equipment would probably be standard in some company cars.