It’s been a more violent summer than usual in Washington, D.C. During June and July, the District recorded 428 crimes committed by armed criminals, as compared to 333 a year ago. And D.C. isn’t alone—some other big cities across the nation have also seen a rise in crime this summer.
Sam Bieler, a research associate at the Urban Institute, says it’s normal to see more violence in summer than other months. He also notes a growing number of homicides related to domestic violence in recent years—it jumped from nine in 2012 to 17 in 2014.
Whatever the cause, it’s just another reason residents need the ability to arm and defend themselves with no questions asked. Far too many citizens have been denied concealed-carry permits in the past because they weren’t able to meet the arbitrary “good reason” requirement. The only “good reason” needed is the Second Amendment.