In response to "Concealed weapons mean safer society" (March 6, Letters): The writer makes an interesting comment about fewer people being victims of violent crime if more people obtained concealed gun permits. But would society be safer under this scenario?
That would depend on whether the increase in accidental deaths from more concealed weapons exceeded any decrease in deaths from violent crime. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, there were 789 unintentional deaths from firearms in the United States in 2005. Obviously not all of these deaths resulted from firearms that were permitted for concealed use. However, there would have to be a very large increase in the number of concealed weapons carried to significantly reduce the potential deaths from the violent crimes described by the writer. More information is needed to determine whether society would be better or worse off.