The thing is, crimes which do not occur because of legally carried guns are rarely reported.
Woman Waiting For Her Commute:
During the bitter winter of the year in which Oregon permitted concealed carry, a lady friend of mine was waiting in the transit station to catch her ride into Portland. She was approached by a trio of young men who threatened her and demanded her purse. She slipped her hand into the pocket of her overcoat ... and the thugs backed off.
They said (words to the effect) "Oh no, you don't gotta pull a gun on us, lady. We're out of here!"
And they left.
A few minutes later, her bus arrived and she went to her job.
Did she report the attempted mugging? No, she did not. She was cold, worried more about getting to work on time, and the crime (of "Threatening", if nothing else) was never reported.
Man Leaving The Office:
Another friend was threatened in the parking lot of the Corporate Headquarters building where he and I both worked ... this was just after he got off work. He had stayed late to finish a product, and he was the only employee in the parking lot.
Again, multiple assailants ... but this time he had a pistol in a concealed carry holster; he pulled the gun just far enough to display it, and the gang ran.
He unlocked his car and went home to dinner. No report was filed with the police, the incident never appeared in the newspapers.
Just life in The City.
I worked for several years in an educational institution. I carried every day. Even though I had a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) it was not legal for me to bring a firearm into the buildings, although it was legal for me to (concealed) carry on campus. (NOTE: Oregon does not recognize any other state's handgun license; we are that weird.)
Nobody knew I was armed, and I kept the pistol in a locked desk drawer during the day; I only carried it between the parking lot and my office. And I was never assaulted during that most dangerous time of the day ... on the way to and from work.
If I HAD been approached by someone who threatened me, I would have lost my job by defending myself with a gun; it was obviously a violation of my "Terms of Employment" for me to possess a firearm in any building on campus. I wouldn't have reported it, either.
In Oregon, CHL folks are the Red-Headed Stepchild; nobody recognizes us, nobody likes us, so we just keep a low profile ... at least, in our professional life.
I suspect many CHL folks around the country are much the same way. We don't advertise.
And i wouldn't even be writing this, if I wasn't retired. Now Oregon laws on CHL have been updated just a little bit, but I still can't carry inside of any building on any campus in Oregon.
BELOW THE FOLD: CHL does not reduce crime
What Caused the Two-Decade Dip in Crime Rates? Not ‘Good Guys with Guns.’:
The Texas A&M paper directly challenges the hypothesis that increased numbers of concealed carry permits reduce crime. The study analyzes a decade of data from every county in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas, the only states with at least a decade of reported data on permit holders and arrest rates after the implementation of their RTC laws (an explanation of their methodology that, unlike what Lott misleadingly suggests in a rebuttal, is very clearly delineated). Using several statistical models, Phillips found no significant relationship between changes in concealed carry rates and changes in any crime rate. In other words, the study found no evidence that increasing the number of permit holders decreases (or increases) crime.