The Democratic primaries have made it seem like there’s a new surge to take away the guns. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris are all excited at the prospect, but it’s important to remember that while the media portrays them as mainstream Democrats, they are in fact fringe extremists in the party.
In fact, most Americans still support the right to bear arms. We know this because reports show concealed carry permits are on the rise.
The left, in conjunction with the mainstream media, tries hard to keep this fact from getting out to the public, but stats don’t lie. Americans still love their freedom, and the groups leading the charge right now might surprise you.
Concealed carry in general is up across the United States. That’s an understatement. The fires of freedom are burning brightly amongst our population, and concealed carry rates are skyrocketing. Here are a few statistics to drive the point home:
Since last year, 1.4 million Americans have been added to the ranks of concealed carry. That brings the most recent tally up to 18.7 million CCW permits overall.
Compared to the 4.6 million permits that existed in 2007 this is huge progress. When you remember that there are now 16 states that don’t require a permit, it shows that a lot of Americans are taking their constitutional responsibilities seriously.
The Fresh Faces
Those numbers are all encouraging, but the real story emerges when we look closely at the demographics of CCW holders. You’ve been fed a narrative that only white trash hillbillies have any desire to carry a concealed weapon. Even though you know better, you’re still probably underestimating the damage that narrative has done.
Here’s what you don’t know. Since 2012, male permits have increased by 107 percent. In that same span, female permits have increased by 215 percent. In fact, women now make up more than a third of all permit holders.
Also since 2012, black Americans have received permits 30 percent faster than their white counterparts and now make up 11 percent of all permit holders. Considering black Americans comprise 12.1 percent of the total population of the country, this is an amazing achievement.
A Broken Narrative
The point of all of this is to show two things. First, Americans are nowhere near ready to give up the 2nd Amendment. As hard as the far-left tries to push, this isn’t happening. Gun ownership and concealed carry are both rising much faster than any Democratic attempts to increase gun control. It’s why most Democrats still won’t seriously discuss gun regulations when they campaign.
The second point is that this is not a monolithic issue. People of every race and creed are getting concealed carry licenses. Even as politics threatens to divide our country, the majority of Americans still agree on the importance of the 2nd Amendment.
The only thing holding anyone back is this pervasive narrative that gun owners are somehow a problem in our country. Nothing could be further from the truth, and when you share all of these facts, you help destroy that narrative.
Let’s get the word out and show that the unifying rallying call for our country can be centered on self-defense.