The purpose of this article is to compare the crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for TRAFFICKING OF PERSON during the year 2017. TRAFFICKING OF PERSON, as defined by the Texas Department of Public Safety, is the compelling or promoting of another person through force, fraud, coercion, or deception to place or maintain that person in any condition of involuntary servitude, forced labor or commercial sex. This article will also address why it is important to study the relationship between LTC holders and crime statistics.
According to 2017 statistics from the Texas Department of Public Safety, of all Texas LTC holders, 0% were convicted of TRAFFICKING OF PERSON, while 8% of non-LTC holders were convicted for the same crime.
Factors That May Contribute to the Difference in Crime Statistics Between Texas LTC and Non-LTC Holders
The first factor that may contribute to the difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders is the background checks and eligibility requirements for obtaining an LTC. Applicants must complete a course and background check and demonstrate proficiency with a firearm in order to obtain an LTC. Furthermore, LTC holders are required to complete a yearly safety and educational course. These factors may contribute to LTC holders feeling a sense of responsibility and awareness when engaging in activities involving firearms.
Another factor that may play a role in the difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders is the perception of risk that the LTC holders have in engaging in criminal activities. LTC holders may feel more accountable for their actions and be less likely to commit a crime, such as TRAFFICKING OF PERSON, than their non-LTC counterparts.
This article compared the crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders for TRAFFICKING OF PERSON during the year 2017. The statistics showed that 0% of Texas LTC holders were convicted of the crime, while 8% of non-LTC holders were convicted. A few factors were suggested that may contribute to the difference in crime statistics between Texas LTC and non-LTC holders, such as the background checks and education required to obtain an LTC, and the perception of risk and responsibility among LTC holders. The findings of this article have important implications for the group with the higher percentage of convictions, suggesting that further study is needed to determine how to reduce the incidence of TRAFFICKING OF PERSON.