DGMilty wrote: If you do find anything definite, please pass it along to me so I can incorporate it in the letter.
Depending on with whom you are speaking, a Zogby poll isn't worth dookie. I'll spit on your Zogby and raise you two spent .17HMR casings.
We need data on actual risks, not what the general population thinks.
A brief Google search led me to these academic studies, and each one has references to further academic studies. They do not directly
apply to the case of having an establishment posted and the risks mitigated as such, but the Lott / Landes study comes darn close. Each study outlines how crime rates go UP
when guns are restricted in any manner. But we all knew that, didn't we?
Title: Multiple Victim Public Shootings, Bombings, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handgun Laws: Contrasting Private and Public Law Enforcement http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=161637#
(Use the first SSRN link to download the paper)
Title: Guns, Truth, Medicine, and the Constitutionhttp://www.jpands.org/vol13no2/deakins.pdf
Title: Do Restrictive Firearm Laws Improve Public Safety?http://www.garymauser.net/pdf/MauserPaper-200611.pdf
These papers were written by physicians, economists, and social scientists - hardly what anyone could call a 'gun nut'.