CCRKBA WONDERS WHY WISCONSIN POLICE CHIEFS THINK CITIZENS LESS
Aug. 10, 2005
BELLEVUE, WA – Following reports that police chiefs in Wisconsin are
campaigning already against legislation that would allow concealed carry by
citizens of that state, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear
Arms (CCRKBA) is challenging those lawmen to explain why Wisconsin residents
are less trustworthy with licensed, concealed handguns than residents in 46
According to WBAY-TV in Green Bay, "police chiefs across Wisconsin say they
need to keep all the guns they can in officers hands only."
"This is astonishing," observed CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. "Law-abiding private citizens in nearly every other state have been carrying guns
legally for years, and they pose a far lesser danger to police officers than
traffic accidents. It's the criminal with a gun, carrying it illegally with
complete disregard for existing law, who poses the real danger to both police
and the public. There is strong evidence that armed citizens are actually a
deterrent to crime.
"Wisconsin residents," Waldron said, "certainly deserve to be on equal footing
with armed criminals, because police can't be everywhere. Glibly arguing that
only police should have guns ignores the fact that criminals prefer victims
who can't fight back. It should be the outlaw who is at a disadvantage, not
law-abiding Wisconsin citizens.
"We think," he added, "that police chiefs need to explain what it is about
Wisconsin residents that makes them less trustworthy with the exercise of
their right to self-defense than citizens of other states. We're constantly
reminded by police administrators that citizens need to trust the police.
Trust is a two-way street. Gun owners will tell you that a place where only
police have guns is a police state. Wisconsin is still part of the United
"What we're hearing now," Waldron concluded, "is the same tired rhetoric that
has been used to poison the concealed carry debate for years. Hysterical
predictions about gunfights in taverns and at traffic stops have been debunked
repeatedly, and so has the paranoia about the mythical increased threat armed
citizens pose to law enforcement. The truth is that legally armed citizens
have shown themselves, in many cases, to be the best friends police have.
Rather than alienate these people, it would seem more sensible for police
administrators to encourage more citizens to exercise their self-defense
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