With the president making gun control a major issue during his final year in office, it’s nice to see some states fighting back.Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas legalized open carry for his state right as we entered the new year, and openly challenged Obama to “come and take it” if he wants more gun control.
Arizona is the latest state to revolt against Obama in encouraging its citizens to be armed.As the Washington Examiner reports:
A top leader in Arizona is proposing to pay applicants to make the process [of buying a gun] easier.
Republican Rep. Steve Montenegro, the House majority leader, is offering a bill to give applicants a tax credit up to $80 to cover the $60 permit fee and for training.Guns.com said Montenegro said, “Law enforcement have told us time and again that the first line of defense are those that carry CCW permits.” He also told the popular news site, “In essence, what it does is it’s bringing a level of awareness that we want to make sure that we can say maybe the next generation of those that want to have or possess firearms, they understand that we as a state value making sure that people are educated in how to use weapons or how to carry weapons.”
The proposal is at the opposite end of the gun rights spectrum from Lowell, Mass., which has begun requiring concealed carry permit applicants to write an essay on why they think they need to carry a firearm.
This will make Arizona a much safer place despite what critics say.Back in 1982, the town of Kennesaw, Georgia passed an ordinance requiring every head of household to own and maintain a firearm. When World Net Daily reported on the 25 year anniversary of that ordinance, the town had gone murder-free during the entire period, and had a crime rate half of what it was when they implemented the policy.
Looks like some states are in open revolt against the president – and we’re going to be much safer because of it.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]