Rocky Raccoon may have been satisfied reading that book placed by the Gideons in his hotel room, but I have something better for your reading list. I read this book a while back and am just now reminded to say something about it with all this hubbub about Starbucks and guns.
The book (by John R. Lott, Jr.) is called More Guns Less Crime (Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws). It is the most comprehensive analysis of crime statistics I have ever seen.
The gist of his argument is that when a certain kind of liberal concealed carry law is implemented there will be an associated reduction in the rates of violent crimes (both locally and in neighboring areas). The statistics seem to uphold this theory and provide especial insight into the relationships between these same laws and the protections afforded to women and minorities.
I think folks on either side of this issue (as well as anyone on the fence) will benefit from reading this book. I make no bones: he is writing (even if from the compulsion of reason) in support of the laws he finds protect us best. Whether you are swayed by the power of reason is up to you, but you will find much within the pages to respect.
Of course the Starbucks issue is really a non-issue. It is both opposing groups attempting to get a corporation to sponsor their petty debate. This is not an issue for a corporate board room decision. This is an issue for legislation.
I think we have great legislation in Washington state (very much in line with what Lott suggests provides the safest social sphere), so I’m not going to get all up in arms (what?) if cowboys start spinning their spurs while waiting on their capuccini.
I’d rather see Starbucks fix their grammar in whatever language they are under the impression they use.
Lock and load, baby-doll.