Numerous states passed concealed carry laws in the 90's. Crime fell. This occurred even though ex-"President" Clinton's plan to field 100,000 additional police officers failed.
I am advancing the theory that solid American citizens observed the attempts, under ex-"President" Clinton, by his administration, to promote their anti-gun and anti-religion agenda at Ruby Ridge and Waco. Coupled with Vince Foster and the rest of his shenanigans, while taking no effective action whatever against burgeoning global terrorism, is it any wonder that Americans raced to their legislatures to arm themselves?