It makes no sense to make cities such as Los Angeles and Boston, which have significant urban crime, to conform to the politics of rural places. Nor is there much sense in forcing urban police officers to make instant decisions on the legitimacy of pieces of paper handed to them by menacing looking people packing heat.
USA Today overlook the fact that of our major cities, most of them are in states that allow law abiding citizens to obtain licenses to carry concealed firearms. Let’s take a look at our top 20 cities by population. Of the top 5 cities, two of them are in right-to-carry states. Of the top 10, a full half are in right-to-carry states. Of the top 20, 13 are in right-to-carry states. If you look at the safest large cities in America, six of the top ten are located in right-to-carry states, four of those being in gun loving Texas.
So, USA Today, the vast majority of urban areas are already under the circumstances you so lament, and many of them have remarkably low crime rates. This is not a rural vs. urban issue. It’s a freedom issue. And it’s been demonstrated time and again that people are responsible enough to use this freedom wisely.