I know what it is, but I’m not sure why. Either way, I’m confused.
What “it” is, is more and more people are interested in getting concealed carry permits. Since my state heavily regulates gun ownership, a license is a prerequisite to buying a firearm of any type. Stupid, I know, but it’s the law. And no, it doesn’t prevent crime as people who go through the licensing process are not inclined to be criminals. Nor do they have any criminal record.
Anyway, back to my subject. Over the past month a number of people I know, including Mrs. TOTWTYTR, have taken their firearms safety classes. I was over a friend’s house the other day and out of the clear blue she asked me if I knew someone who could teach the class. Her daughter mentioned that she too wants to take the class. Both of these women have been married for some years to men who have their licenses and never expressed any interest.
One of my former partners and his wife decided about a year ago to get their licenses out of the clear blue. Another former partner has taken the class and filed his application for a license.
Did I mention that my son, who had zero interest in firearms when he was younger, now has his concealed carry permit in his new state of residence? Or that my daughter in law wants him to take her shooting so she can get her CCW permit?
Other friends and acquaintances have started to ask me about the process. Even more amazing, to me at least, is that once I explain the licensing process they mostly don’t think it should be so complex and open to discretion of local officials.
None of these people are wild eyed right wing nuts, in fact a couple of them are decidedly liberal.
While I’m encouraged that more people I know and care for are taking responsibility for their own safety, I’m concerned about what it says about their view of the future of society.
I’m also concerned that I’m missing something here that I should be seeing.
I apologize for what seems to be a rather random and disjointed post, but I’m trying to sort this all out and the best way to organize my thoughts is to write them down and let me readers help me sort them out.
Interesting times indeed.