SHARE

Why do Democrats, self-proclaimed champions of the poor, make it so difficult for poor people to defend themselves? Democrats oppose even free voter IDs as imposing too much of a burden on the poor, but when it comes to guns, they don’t hesitate to impose fees, expensive training requirements and onerous background checks. These are precisely the things that can put guns out of reach for poor people.

Connecticut already charges $140 in initial fees for handgun permits — twice the national average. Now Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to raise it to $370, with a $300 renewal fee required every five years.

The proposed initial fee would be roughly 50 percent higher than California’s concealed-carry fee, which is currently the highest among states.

There are very serious consequences to raising these fees. Many law-abiding citizens, particularly minorities in crime-ridden cities, really need guns for self-defense.

Connecticut’s policies have not been working. In 2015, Hartford had a murder rate of 25.7 per 100,000 people. Bridgeport, the largest city, had a rate of 12.8 per 100,000,

We can’t simply blame inadequate policing. The cops can’t be everywhere at once. Indeed, they almost always respond to a scene after the crime has been committed. So the only solution is to let people protect themselves. If a criminal does attack, having a gun provides the safest course of action.

But Connecticut Democrats seem to think that the poor should be satisfied with dialing 911 and hoping for the best.

In 2013, all but two Democrats in the Colorado House of Representatives voted against a Republican amendment to exempt people below the poverty level from the state’s new tax on private transfers of guns. Since Democrats are normally eager to support exemptions for lower-income people, it appears to be a case of not trusting poor people with guns.

Democrats have also been behind efforts to ban the production of inexpensive handguns. These guns tend to be smaller and lighter, making them convenient for concealed carry. Though the preferred weapons of some criminals, they are also favored by many permit holders, especially ones on a tight budget.

There are still further obstacles if you want to get a concealed-carry permit. The result is that only the affluent can defend themselves. Democrats must surely realize this.

Higher fees clearly reduce the number of concealed-handgun permits. Texas has more than twice the population of Pennsylvania, but it has slightly fewer residents with concealed-handgun permits (1.15 million in Texas versus 1.27 million in Pennsylvania). It’s not because Texans don’t like guns — it is simply that they have a more difficult time getting permits. The fee for a five-year permit is $140 in Texas, but only $20 in Pennsylvania.

Gov. Malloy claims that the increased fees will help offset the state’s $3.6 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years. But you can’t have a 164 percent increase in permit fees and assume that there will be no change in the number of people who want permits. Malloy reveals his economic ignorance when he claims that the fee will bring an additional $9 million to the state annually.

I have looked at 25 years of data on permit fees, training requirements and other regulations, and factors such as income. My research examined how these factors affect the number of people with permits. Connecticut’s proposed fee of $370 is so far above existing state fees that there is no way of reliably estimating its impact. But I estimate that just an increase of $100, from $140 to $240, would reduce the number of permits by 60 percent. This would decrease total state and local revenue by $9.8 million, with local governments bearing virtually all the loss.

This isn’t the only cost of increased fees. I believe that disarming law-abiding citizens means higher crime rates and more work for the police.

Democrats want votes from poor minorities, but they aren’t really looking out for them, certainly not when it comes to their right to self-defense. The result of the hefty fees is that only well-off people will be able to defend themselves and their families.

John R. Lott Jr. is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and the author of “The War on Guns.”

Copyright © 2017, Hartford Courant

Comments

comments

147 COMMENTS

  1. Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!|

  2. My partner and I stumbled over here by a different web address and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to checking out your web page yet again.|

  3. Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice whilst you amend your website, how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I were tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided vibrant transparent idea|

  4. I’ve been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts on this kind of house . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this website. Studying this information So i am happy to show that I’ve a very excellent uncanny feeling I came upon just what I needed. I most definitely will make sure to do not disregard this web site and give it a glance on a constant basis.|

  5. My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different web page and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to looking over your web page for a second time.|

  6. It’s truly a great and helpful piece of info. I’m satisfied that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.|

  7. each time i used to read smaller articles or reviews that also clear their motive, and that is also happening with this paragraph which I am reading now.|

  8. My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different page and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to looking over your web page yet again.|

  9. Whats up this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!|

  10. I think the admin of this web site is actually working hard in support of his web page, for the reason that here every data is quality based information.|

  11. No matter if some one searches for his vital thing, thus he/she wishes to be available that in detail, therefore that thing is maintained over here.|

  12. Hey there! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!|

  13. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.|

  14. Hello exceptional blog! Does running a blog like this require a large amount of work? I have absolutely no understanding of coding but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, should you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off subject however I simply wanted to ask. Kudos!|

  15. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!|

  16. Everything typed made a lot of sense. However, think about this, suppose you typed a catchier post title? I am not saying your information isn’t good., but what if you added a post title that grabbed a person’s attention? I mean BLOG_TITLE is a little vanilla. You might peek at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they create news headlines to grab viewers to click. You might add a related video or a related picture or two to grab people interested about what you’ve got to say. In my opinion, it might bring your posts a little bit more interesting.|

  17. Approaching from the standpoint of a fellow associate within this production, I actually enjoy your write-up. I’ve regularly been in in actuality like with this business all my life so I have developed a discussion board for market specialists to come together and discuss all things in this business. You gave me some brilliant concepts for my own website online.
    north face on sale http://www.joessmogtestonly.com/north-face/

  18. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any solutions to help stop content from being ripped off? I’d really appreciate it.|

  19. Good day I am so delighted I found your weblog, I really found you by mistake, while I was searching on Bing for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a remarkable post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the moment but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the awesome b.|

  20. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Many thanks!|

  21. Hey there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no back up. Do you have any methods to stop hackers?|

  22. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this fantastic blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!|

  23. I am curious to find out what blog platform you have been working with? I’m experiencing some small security issues with my latest site and I’d like to find something more safeguarded. Do you have any solutions?|

  24. wonderful points altogether, you just gained a new reader. What could you suggest about your submit that you made a few days in the past? Any positive?|

  25. Wow, awesome blog structure! How long have you been blogging for? you made running a blog glance easy. The total glance of your web site is fantastic, as neatly as the content!

  26. First of all I want to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had a difficult time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Cheers!|

  27. Awesome blog you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Many thanks!|

  28. Hey there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any methods to protect against hackers?|

  29. I seriously love your site.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you create this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my very own blog and would like to learn where you got this from or what the theme is named. Many thanks!|

  30. Hello! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the outstanding work!|

  31. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme? Excellent work!|

  32. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your weblog. You have some really great posts and I believe I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please shoot me an email if interested. Thank you!|

  33. I’ve been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.|

  34. Great site you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find high-quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!|

  35. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam feedback? If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any help is very much appreciated.|

  36. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?|

  37. I don’t know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else encountering issues with your blog. It seems like some of the text within your content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This could be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen before. Appreciate it|

  38. Your means of explaining the whole thing in this post is genuinely pleasant, all can without difficulty be aware of it, Thanks a lot.|

  39. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great, let alone the content!|

  40. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely comeback.|

  41. I’ve been browsing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.|

  42. Hey I am so glad I found your webpage, I really found you by mistake, while I was researching on Google for something else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a tremendous post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the excellent b.|

  43. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything. Nevertheless just imagine if you added some great pictures or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this website could definitely be one of the greatest in its niche. Very good blog!|

  44. You’ve made some really good points there. I looked on the net to learn more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.|

  45. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something informative to read?|

  46. fantastic put up, very informative. I wonder why the other specialists of this sector don’t understand this. You should continue your writing. I am confident, you have a huge readers’ base already!|

  47. Heya i am for the primary time here. I came across this board and I in finding It really useful & it helped me out much. I am hoping to present one thing back and help others such as you helped me.|

  48. Hi it’s me, I am also visiting this website on a regular basis, this website is really pleasant and the visitors are truly sharing nice thoughts.|

  49. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!|

  50. We absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content in your case? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on a few of the subjects you write in relation to here. Again, awesome web site!|

  51. Hey There. I found your blog the use of msn. This is a very smartly written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to read extra of your helpful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely return.|

  52. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?|

  53. Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!|

  54. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you really recognize what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please additionally talk over with my website =). We could have a link trade contract among us|

  55. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.|

  56. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to improve my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!|

  57. My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different website and thought I should check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page repeatedly.|

  58. I will immediately clutch your rss as I can not in finding your email subscription link or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please allow me realize so that I could subscribe. Thanks.|

  59. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!|

  60. Excellent post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I’m inspired! Extremely helpful info specifically the final section 🙂 I take care of such information much. I was looking for this certain info for a very lengthy time. Thanks and best of luck. |

  61. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!|

  62. I am extremely inspired along with your writing abilities and also with the format for your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it your self? Anyway keep up the excellent high quality writing, it is uncommon to look a nice blog like this one these days..|

  63. My partner and I stumbled over here different website and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page for a second time.|

  64. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!|

  65. “Hello there, I found your site by means of Google even as looking for a related matter, your website got here up, it looks good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.”

  66. Great blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol|

  67. After I originally commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I recieve four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Kudos!|

  68. Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a marvellous job!|

  69. Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a entirely different topic but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!|

  70. Hey! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains. If you know of any please share. Thank you!|

  71. Right here is the perfect website for everyone who hopes to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a topic that has been discussed for years. Great stuff, just wonderful!|

  72. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and may come back in the future. I want to encourage that you continue your great work, have a nice day!|

  73. This is really fascinating, You are an excessively skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look ahead to looking for extra of your great post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks|

  74. Excellent web site. Plenty of helpful information here. I’m sending it to some buddies ans additionally sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks in your sweat!|

  75. Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your design. Appreciate it|

  76. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It is the little changes that produce the largest changes. Thanks for sharing!|

  77. Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people think about worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks|

  78. My family members all the time say that I am killing my time here at net, except I know I am getting experience all the time by reading such pleasant posts.|

  79. Simply want to say your article is as astounding. The clearness in your post is simply spectacular and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.|

  80. This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post. Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks!|

  81. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is magnificent, as well as the content!|

  82. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.|

  83. You made some decent points there. I looked on the net for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this web site.|

  84. Hi there, You have done an excellent job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this website.|

  85. What’s up it’s me, I am also visiting this site regularly, this web page is really fastidious and the viewers are in fact sharing fastidious thoughts.|

  86. Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!|

  87. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It’s always interesting to read through content from other writers and practice a little something from other web sites. |

  88. When I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a way you are able to remove me from that service? Kudos!|

  89. Good day! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!|

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here