BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Thanks to a remark by Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffâ€™s Association, it is now clear that the gloom-and-doom predictions about licensed concealed carry in Ohio were all lies, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.
Cornwell was quoted by the Associated Press noting, â€œThose with the concealed carry licenses have been good, law-abiding citizens. The worst-case scenarios that were put out there about the gunfight at the OK Corral didnâ€™t come to fruition.â€
â€œThatâ€™s the way it always is,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œThe wild-eyed forecasts of blood in the streets never come true. Of course, anti-gunners who traditionally fight such laws know this, which means that they arenâ€™t simply wrong in their predictions, they are liars.â€
CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron noted that the Buckeye State Sheriffâ€™s Association has reached the same conclusion other honest, open-minded law enforcement officials have about such laws in other states.
â€œGiven the test of time,â€ Waldron said, â€œconcealed carry laws give gun owners a chance not only to fight back, but also to prove to skeptics and the media that they are responsible citizens. At the end of the day, opponents of self-defense have only emotion and falsehood on which to base their prejudice against armed private citizens.â€
â€œDemagogues in two states, Wisconsin and Illinois, continue to treat gun owners as second-class citizens,â€ Gottlieb observed. â€œTime and again, their opposition to concealed carry laws can be summed up as nothing more than social bigotry against individual reliance and self-defense. Why anti-gunners like Governors Jim Doyle in Wisconsin and Rod Blagojevich in Illinois get a pass from the press on this issue is a mystery.
â€œOhioâ€™s experience once again proves that law-abiding citizens who arm themselves for personal protection are not a threat to the police or the public,â€ Gottlieb concluded. â€œTo say otherwise by perpetuating this â€˜Wild Westâ€™ myth is dishonest and deplorable.â€