If you are a conservative you undoubtedly have one or more friends who don’t just own guns, but love guns, live guns, and breathe guns. Driving to the store this morning I was behind a minivan that had replaced the traditional stick-family decal with one showing all the guns he or she owns. Now, if you are a progressive you probably know someone who owns at least one gun. Actually, you probably know several people. They just haven’t gotten up the courage to tell you yet.
And more and more of these gun owners, both overt and covert, are planning on taking them along when they leave their homes. According to a report this month by the Social Science Research Network, the number of concealed-carry permits has risen by 48% since 2016. That’s 21.52 million, in case you’re interested in the hard numbers.
Before someone cites the upcoming Supreme Court case as the reason for the uptick, let me reiterate that applications have been trending up since 2016. There are those, I am sure, who would like to get their permits before the decision is handed down, but the increase indicates that people have been feeling less and less safe for years. And can you blame them? They have an ever-increasing number of reasons.
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