From the Capital Times:
but fellow Republicans thought even that low bar overly onerous
Or, more accurately, "overly arbitrary" since there is nothing contained in the law that grants authority to the DOJ to set a minimal time on the training.
On the larger point, Wray observes: "What I can't understand is how come we have not evolved beyond the point that the best way to protect ourselves is a gun? How come we cannot come up with something that is less destructive and less permanent."
By all means lead the way, Chief. Disarm your officers and make your police department the example for society. Show us how well it works.
From the NY Times:
More than 2,400 permit holders were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors, excluding traffic-related crimes, over the five-year period, The Times found when it compared databases of recent criminal court cases and licensees. While the figure represents a small percentage of those with permits
Not only does it represent "a small percentage" it also shows the the crime rate among conceal carry permit holders is many times lower than among the general population. The rate of crimes committed by police is presumably lower than the rate of the general population. But are the small number of crimes committed by police an argument in favor of prohibiting the police from carrying weapons in general?
You got to love it when you look at the anti-gunner's statistics and see that they are in reality favorable to the pro-gun side. That's why typically the anti-gun side gets all full of detail with anecdotal information about particular cases involving crimes committed by CCW licensees/permit holders, but gloss over or completely ignore the hard statistics that repeatedly show the CCW crowd represents a significantly safer and law-abiding segment of society. They might go so far as to mention in passing that it is a "small percentage" of the CCW people actually commit a crime (and never break down what is meant by "crime" leaving everyone to falsely assume these are mostly violent gun-related crimes) but they never wish to present the crime rate statistics of the general population to make a complete comparison. If the NY Times is correct in saying there were 2400 misdemeanors and felonies committed by 240,000 CCW-permitted Tarheels in a 5-year period, then then that's a pretty damn low crime rate. That would be similar to having just barely more than one crime of any sort committed per day in Madison. The 2008 Madison crime statistics I found showed that for just burglaries alone,
there was an average of 5.5 committed each day during that year. The same MPD reports indicated that there was an average of about 41 adult arrests per day that same year. So, this safe little community of Madison is more like Detroit or St. Louis compared to a community made up of concealed carry permit-holding North Carolinians. I'll have to write to the NYT contributor and thank him for showing us how good the North Carolina permit holders are!