In an item evidently intended to open the door to printing the names and addresses of Minnesota’s Concealed Weapons Permit holders, the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Brandon Stahl suggests the public should know whether or not criminals had a concealed weapons permit.
Of course, Stahl, and by extension the Star Tribune, want to imply that a high percentage of criminals have a Concealed Weapons Permit. In his argument, Stahl makes the statement that “since 2003 there were 1,159 crimes reported by permit holders, including 114 where a gun was used to further the crime.”
From 2003 to 2010, Minnesota law enforcement agencies reported 1,153,207 crimes to the FBI. of which 229,898 were “violent crimes.” If 2011 is included, Minnesota reported a total of 1,301,296, including 241,723 violent crimes to the FBI.
If 2011 is NOT included, the percentage of total crimes committed by CCW permitees is 0.0010 or 1 in 1,000 over an eight year period. If 2011 is not included, Minnesota’s CCW permit holders committed just 0.00050 percent, or five in ten thousand, of all crimes in which a gun may have been used – over an eight year period.
If 2011 IS included, the percentage of total crimes committed by CCW permitees is 0.000891 percent, or essentially 9 in 10,000 over a nine year period. If 2011 is included, Minnesota’s CCW permit holders committed just 0.00047 percent of all crimes in which a gun may have been used – over a nine year period.
Now, those numbers are in line with the number of crimes committed by CCW permit holders in other states. They are microscopic in comparison to other population groups.
Obviously, only a tiny minority of CCW permit holders ever commit any sort of crime. And the most popular crimes committed are traffic offenses. Yet it appears the Star Trib wants to publish the names and addresses of Concealed Weapons Permit holders.
How about publishing the names and addresses of all Star Trib employees, and whether or not they own guns, first. See how you like it, before you endanger some of the most determinedly law abiding Minnesotans you can find.