Con to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
"The argument that more guns makes us safer is made by Professor John Lott, who usually doesn’t mention that his work is paid for by the Olin Foundation, the Olin Co. being the manufacturer of Winchester ammunition.
Lott’s argument that more guns has reduced crime in other states is absurd. Crime has gone down everywhere in the last decade with the growth in the economy, but it has dropped twice as fast in states that turned down this legislation, including Michigan.
Police chiefs, prosecutors and nearly all law enforcement organizations are united in fighting this legislation [which requires Michigan gun boards to issue concealed gun permits to residents] because of the disturbing experiences in other states. In Texas, state police reports show that more than 3,000 crimes have been committed by concealed weapon permit holders in the four years the law has been in effect, including murder, rape, child pornography and more than 500 assaults."
"Repeal Evil Legislation That Allows More Handguns and Crime on Streets," Detroit News, Jan. 14, 2001
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the concealed carry of handguns; and top-level federal government officials significantly involved in gun control and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Mayor of Detroit, Jan. 1, 2014 - present
Former Member, Board of Directors, Karmanos Cancer Institute
Former Member, Board of Directors, Detroit Economic Club
Testified before Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health, 2006
Former President and CEO, Detroit Medical Center
Wayne County Prosecutor, 2001-2003
Delegate, Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996