William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Friday, 22, April, 2011

Connie Shultz Does Not Know Any Teatoataling Shooters.

Filed under: Boomstick — williamthecoroner @ 14:42

She and I have never met.  She wrote an OP-Ed piece in the PD on 17 April, below is my reply.

Dear Ms. Shultz,

I read your op-ed piece opposing SB #17, which would allow people with valid concealed carry permits in places that serve alcohol.  As teaching forensic pathologist, I do not understand your opposition to this measure.  Since 2003, I have taught over 60 students firearms safety and weapon familiarization in my graduate courses.  While I heartily agree that no one should be impaired and in charge of a weapon (be that weapon a Colt .45, Ford F350, or Boeing 767) this law does not increase safety.  Instead, it increases the risk of weapons falling into the hands of the lawless, provides a concentrated group of unarmed victims for the lawless to prey on, and provides a way to transfer weapons into the hands of those who cannot purchase them legally.

Firstly, one cannot purchase a firearm legally if one has a felony record or is addicted to mind altering substances.  Secondly, if one is impaired and one uses a firearm improperly, that impairment is an aggravating factor, and one’s punishment will be correspondingly more severe.  Thirdly, people like to eat in bars; I do not wish to be an unarmed victim if I chose to have the fish fry at the Academy Tavern, or a meal at the Willoughby Brewing Company.  As Lott and Landes have shown [1] the suspected presence of concealed firearms deters villains, and they seek out areas where firearms are banned.  Places like schools, churches, and shopping areas.  Finally, to comply with the law, legally armed people would have to disarm and leave their firearms in their vehicles or other place outside.  It is a lot safer to steal a weapon from an unattended car than from a person.

My 1,600 autopsies and 12 years as a practicing forensic pathologist have made me an enthusiastic supporter of the right to bear arms and the second amendment.  If you are interested in learning more from me about my work and what shaped my opinion, you are more than welcome to sit in on my class at The Uni, ANAT 420.  My office # is [redacted].


William The Coroner

1.                    Lott, J.R. and Landes, W.M.  Multiple Victim Public Shootings, Bombings, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handgun Laws: Contrasting Private and Public Law Enforcement. University of Chicago Law School, John M. Olin Law & Economics Working Paper No. 73. April, 1999

I believe it is too long for the paper to publish, and I doubt they would anyway.  We shall see if she takes me up on the offer.


  1. I cannot read her. I just cannot.

    Comment by breda — Friday, 22, April, 2011 @ 14:50 | Reply

    • Yes, there was more I wanted to say, about freedom, and being condescending, and the difference between BEING safe and FEELING safe. She and her hubby operate at the emotional level, unhappily so I did not see the point. Kudos if she’s willing to come and learn something, but the smart money is against it.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Friday, 22, April, 2011 @ 14:57

  2. Excellent post William! Thanks for the good points!

    Comment by Old NFO — Saturday, 23, April, 2011 @ 15:27 | Reply

  3. Hopefully she will take you up on the offer

    Comment by julie — Wednesday, 27, April, 2011 @ 22:45 | Reply

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