Police are having a hard time out there. With all the disproportionate coverage of police shootings, law enforcement agencies backing down in the face of Antifa, the blatant refusal of leaders to protect citizens from immigrant criminals, and all the open hatred for conservatives coming from the left, people are looking into firearms more and more to protect themselves and their families.
New research from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) reveals that Americans are taking their natural right to self-defense seriously by embracing legal concealed carry. Over the last 12 months, the CPRC says, the ranks of concealed carry permits have grown to over 17 million. That means 890,000 people have obtained their concealed carry permits in the last year.
A significant portion of that number includes black Americans who are embracing responsible gun ownership more and more. This trend is commensurate with growing black support for Trump as the political scene reveals the fact that Democrats are using black people for their votes.
Another important factor influencing these cultural shifts is the need to protect our schools from mass shooters. People are realizing that gun free zones are the most attractive targets for mass shooters. Teachers are arming themselves. In states like Texas, the trend is strongest- but Texans are far from the only ones wising up to the need to protect our schools.
The founder of the United States Concealed Carry Association, (USCCA) Tim Schmidt said, “States like Texas and millions of Americans know that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, and that’s why more and more Americans are taking the right to self-defense very seriously.”
In counties across the country, firearms experts have been offering classes at a discount to teachers. They have been met with an overwhelmingly positive response as more and more teachers take personal responsibility for protecting themselves and the children they teach.
Schmidt continued, “Every American, and particularly our teachers and school administrators, should have the right to personal safety and the ability to protect those around them. As students across the country prepare to return to school it’s our hope that elected officials across the country will recognize that support for concealed carry continues to grow across the country and they will pass policies that help to support it.”
The USCCA has lead the charge to get more Americans trained to carry and use their weapons effectively and responsibly. Their annual Louisville exposition featured a host of training seminars that have been wildly popular.
The USCCA has been running a campaign to urge lawmakers to keep and follow through on their pledge to protect the second amendment by passing a comprehensive national concealed carry law. This law would require states to honor concealed carry permits from other states. This would eliminate the long-standing problem of vindictive anti-gun states from punishing gun owners when they visit.
The concealed carry reciprocity law, it is expected, will remove much of the stigma of gun ownership by ending the isolation of those with concealed carry permits in their own states.
For those of us who understand the way firearm ownership plays out in the real world, this is terrific news. The mere fact that the vast majority of gun deaths are the deaths of persons in the act of committing a violent crime, makes the case by itself.
Women who carry a gun in a purse or on their person are far less likely to be victimized by a violent assailant. It’s a case that we make against feminist arguments all the time. If they really wanted women to be empowered and safe from rape and other crime, they would want women to be armed. It’s almost spectacularly contradictory that they don’t.
Concealed Carry Facts
Between the years 1980 and 2009, gun-related killings were 10 percent higher in states with laws that make a concealed carry license difficult to obtain.
Concealed carry permit holders represent just 2 percent of all gun-related crimes.
After Texas passed more permissive concealed carry laws, murder rates plummeted by 50 percent. Rapes stats fell 93 percent in the first year, and 500 percent the following year, and assaults went down 250 percent.
On average, states that do not allow concealed carry have an 11 percent higher crime rate than states that do allow it.
Between 1977 and 1995, gun deaths from mass shootings went down by 91 percent on average in states where concealed carry permits were issued.
~ American Gun News