ST. LOUIS CARJACKINGS, MURDER PROOF GOV. HOLDEN WRONG TO VETO CONCEALED CARRY

Thursday, September 11th, 2003

BELLEVUE, WA – A violent string of carjackings and a murder over the weekend in St. Louis are ample proof that Gov. Bob Holden’s recent veto of legislation that would have enabled Missouri residents to defend themselves against armed criminals was a terrible mistake that must be resolved by the legislature in September.

That was the opinion of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) as St. Louis police continued to investigate the crime spree. CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb called the carjackings a clear signal by the criminal element that they will take full advantage of Gov. Holden’s action.

“With a stroke of his veto pen earlier this summer, Bob Holden sent a message to Missouri’s criminals that it’s open season on the public, with no fear that victims can fight back,” Gottlieb stated. “Lawmakers in the ‘Show Me State’ need to show some backbone in September and override Holden’s irresponsible veto.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that three motorists were wounded, and a man walking with his wife was gunned down over the weekend. Some of the crimes appear to be related.

“How big a body count does Holden need in order to understand that his arrogance will cost people their lives,” Gottlieb wondered. “How many Missourians need to be victimized before Holden admits his mistake? Perhaps he does not hold the lives of his citizens in the same high regard as do the governors of New Mexico, Minnesota and other states, where concealed carry is now the law. Thirty-five states now have right-to-carry laws on the books, and these laws work. Law-abiding armed citizens prove they are responsible all over the country, and the fact they are armed has proven to be a deterrent to crime.

“Holden’s veto of a common-sense concealed carry law was wrong, and next month the Legislature can make things right,” Gottlieb continued. “Blocking a sensible law has left Missouri citizens at continued risk from a criminal element that obviously doesn’t care about hurting people. After this past weekend in St. Louis, Missouri residents have every right to wonder whether Gov. Holden cares if they get hurt, either.”