Based on the FBI's most recent (1998) Uniform Crime Report, the statistics don't support his utopian view of the issue of personal safety in the United States. Though violent crime is at it's lowest in years, consider these numbers and see if it makes you feel safe enough to give up the best form of personal protection available today, in lieu of being "protected" only by the police: Law enforcement agencies nationwide recorded a 21 percent Crime Index clearance rate in 1998, which means that 79 percent of crimes went unsolved. The clearance rate for violent crimes was 49 percent, meaning 51 percent went unsolved, while the figure for property crimes was 17 percent cleared and 83 percent uncleared. The crime clearance rate was lowest for burglary and motor vehicle theft, with 14 percent solved and 86 percent unsolved. How much would armed home invasions or carjackings increase if nobody were allowed to be armed, except the police? There are only 641,208 police officers and 253,327 civilian assistance personnel "guarding" over 260 million Americans. That's a whopping 2.5 officers for every 1,000 people -- do you feel "safe?" In "liberal" northeastern states like Maryland, the highest officer-to-civilian ratio already exists, with 2.8 officers for every 1,000 residents. But that's not good enough for Mr. Curran -- he still wants residents in his state to be almost totally disarmed, as if this "higher" police officer figure is adequate to protect everyone from harm, theft, or property crimes.