I found some information that I thought was interesting. When Missouri voted on concealed carry, it passed in all counties except for St. Louis, Jackson and Greene. As of February 29, 2012 those three counties have the highest percentage of CCW permits issued. As a matter of fact, those three counties make up more than 20% of the total number of permits issued to date.
St. Louis County has 15,955 permits , with Jackson County having 10,886. Greene County has 6,971. These are the total number of permits issued in those counties since CCW was signed into law in Missouri. Another interesting fact is that the numbers of citizens obtaining their CCW permits are going higher all the time.
The most recently released FBI Crime Data indicates that the instances of crime are declining. They stopped short of saying there is a direct correlation between an increase in gun ownership and reduced crime, but I believe the facts speak for themselves. At the very least, it completely negates the argument that an increase in firearms will result in an increase in crime.
Bottom line is that citizens who undergo the time, trouble and expense of obtaining their concealed carry permits are not the ones who will rob convenience stores and gas stations. They are not the ones who will blast away in restaurants and banks. And these numbers can not be denied.