In a surprising but welcome move, the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a two-year, $2.4-million grant to provide gun-safety education messaging and free gun locks through the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe program to communities nationwide.
While we applaud the federal government’s support of these efforts, we can’t help but wonder why they’re Johnny-come-latelies to gun safety. After all, the NRA has been training more Americans in gun safety than any other public or private group—more than a million Americans every year—and for far longer, too: since 1871.
The number of Right-to-Carry permits issued in Florida is growing by about 20,000 a month, and has recently surpassed the 1.5 million mark.
Permit applications lagged a little after 200,000 applications were issued in 2012. But record gun sales are again spurring an increase in permit applicants. According to News4Jax.com, in August, the Sunshine State processed more background checks for gun sales than in any August in more than a decade.
“It’s very steady and constant,” Talon Range owner J.D. Johnson told the radio station, describing the classes required to obtain a permit. “We’re running at full capacity, and probably if we offered more classes, we could probably fill more classes. We just don’t have the time to do it.”
New Orleans Citizens Taking Protection Into Own Hands
New Orleans resident Richard Angelico was the victim of a carjacking on Monday night. Now, he’s refusing to be a victim again. Angelico is taking his protection into his own hands and is planning to apply for a concealed-carry permit.
He’s not alone. With violent crime rising in New Orleans, there’s been a spike in people learning how to shoot and obtaining carry permits.
The Shooters’ Club in Harahan has seen a significant increase, especially among women and younger shooters. Kiera Carey is one of them—she’s been learning to shoot with her fiance’s gun. Carey plans to get her concealed-carry permit soon as well. “If someone does try to approach me and I don’t feel comfortable, I have no problems pulling it out at all,” she said. Firearms instructor Devvin Burgess agrees: “They realize it can happen to them, and they want to be prepared.”
Woman Shoots Home Invader After Waiting An Hour For Police
This armed citizen story is a perfect wake-up call for the “just wait for the police” contingent. A female homeowner in Dayton, Ohio, called 911 and told the dispatcher that she heard someone trying to break into her house. She was told to wait for an officer to arrive, so she hunkered down—for over an hour.
As Breitbart reports, eventually the suspect did allegedly gain entrance to her home, and she used her firearm to fatally wound him. She called 911 a second time, and shortly afterwards officers did arrive at her house. Police had apparently treated the first call as relatively low priority—proving the point that when it comes to life and death, the only person you can count on for protection is yourself.