This article discusses the crime statistics between Texas Licensed To Carry (LTC) and non-LTC holders for Assault Public Servant in 2016. Assault Public Servant, as defined by Texas Penal Code Sec. 22.01, is an offense where someone “intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to a public servant.” This article will explore the importance of understanding the relationship between crime statistics and LTC holders, as well as the potential factors that may contribute to the difference in crime statistics between the two groups.
In 2016, there were 0 convictions for Assault Public Servant among Texas LTC holders, compared to 800 convictions among non-LTC holders. This is a difference of 0% to 100%.
Factors That May Contribute to the Difference in Crime Statistics Between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders
The lower crime statistics among Texas LTC holders compared to non-LTC holders could be attributed to several factors. First, background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC may screen out people who are more likely to commit crimes. Second, training and education for LTC holders may make them more aware of the potential consequences for any criminal activity, which could act as a deterrent. Finally, LTC holders may have a heightened perception of responsibility, due to the awareness that they possess the ability to take a life.
This article discussed the crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for Assault Public Servant in 2016, and identified potential factors that may contribute to the difference in crime statistics between the two groups. The findings suggest that Texas LTC holders are less likely to commit crimes, due to the background checks, training, and heightened perception of responsibility that comes with the license. The implications of these findings for the group with the higher percentage (non-LTC holders) should be taken into consideration when making public policy decisions.