Last updated on: 10/6/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Chris W. Cox Biography

Title:
Executive Director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
Reasoning:

“When Right-to-Carry [a concealed handgun] is proposed anywhere, our opponents whip up fear and hysteria about ‘blood in the streets.’ Of course, the mayhem never materializes. When Right-to-Carry passes, only a small percentage of the population applies for a permit. By definition, these people are law-abiding. But that small percentage of the public is enough to change the odds against predatory criminals…

Facts can dispel the fears of legislators, but not those that afflict opponents of self-defense. As I’ve said before, our opponents suffer from a fear of change, a fear of the unknown, and – strangest of all – a fear of their fellow citizens and neighbors…

As we advance the right of self-defense through Right-to-Carry, the only people who should retreat into fear are violent criminals.”

“Right-to-Carry in Restaurants,” www.nraila.org, Aug. 26, 2009

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director, National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, 2002-present
  • Chairman, National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund, 2002-present
  • Former Deputy Director, Federal Affairs Division, Institute for Legislative Action
  • Former Legislative Aide, US Rep. John Tanner (D-TN)
  • Former Intern, Lyndon Johnson White House
Education:
  • BA, History, Rhodes College
Other:
  • Hunted and fished with his father and three brothers growing up in Tennessee
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?