In response to “Sheriff Margaret Mims’ magical thinking doesn’t make us safer” (letter, Sept. 11):
According to crimeresearch.org, an increase in concealed-weapons permits issued has a direct correlation in reduction of violent crimes and murder rates. The writer says that these law-abiding citizens are endangering everyone but the criminals Where is the justification? Statistically speaking that is incorrect, because as I stated, crime and violent acts diminish in areas where more law-abiding citizens are armed.
This is not the wild west. We are not carrying exposed weapons on our hips and challenging people to a showdown at high noon. It’s a concealed-weapons permit that allows exactly that, a concealed weapon.
All persons I know who have a permit, carry with the hopes that it will never need to be used. The sad reality is that we live in a crazy world.
Should we be at the mall together some day and a mass shooter opens fire, I plan to take action and save lives, which could possibly include the writer.
Jesse Villegas, Clovis