The purpose of this article is to compare crime statistics between Texas License to Carry (LTC) holders and non-LTC holders for offenses related to INJ CHILD/ELDERLY/DISABLED W/INT BODILY INJ in 2016. INJ CHILD/ELDERLY/DISABLED W/INT BODILY INJ refers to Injury to a child, elderly, disabled person with intent to cause bodily injury, and is a criminal offense under Texas law. It is important to study the relationship between LTC holders and crime statistics since they are granted the privilege of carrying their firearm with them in public places, with the understanding that they will abide by the laws of the state.
The data for 2016 shows that there were two convictions for INJ CHILD/ELDERLY/DISABLED W/INT BODILY INJ among LTC holders, compared to 514 convictions among non-LTC holders. This results in a percentage of 0.38% of convictions among LTC holders, while 99.62% of convictions were among non-LTC holders.
Factors That May Contribute to the Difference in Crime Statistics Between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders
Several factors can contribute to the lower percentage of convictions among LTC holders. Background checks and eligibility requirements are in place to ensure that LTC holders are law-abiding citizens. Additionally, LTC holders must complete training and education in firearm safety and laws, which may further enforce the sense of responsibility in handling firearms.
LTC holders may also be more aware of the consequences of breaking the law, and perceive a higher risk associated with criminal acts. This may be due to their increased knowledge and understanding of the laws, as a result of their training and background checks.
In conclusion, the data shows that there is a significant difference in the crime statistics between Texas LTC holders and non-LTC holders for INJ CHILD/ELDERLY/DISABLED W/INT BODILY INJ in 2016. The percentage of convictions among LTC holders is 0.38%, and 99.62% among non-LTC holders. The difference in crime statistics is likely due to the background checks, training, and education required for obtaining an LTC, as well as the heightened sense of risk and responsibility among LTC holders.
The findings of this article have implications for the group with the higher percentage of convictions, which is non-LTC holders. These results suggest that the implementation of background checks and training may lead to an overall decrease in the crime statistics among the group, as it did for LTC holders.