(National Sentinel)Â Second Amendment: The number of people who have obtained a concealed carry permit has surged to an all-time high of 18 million, according to figures from theÂ United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).
What’s more, there are many self-described Democrats included in that number.
The Washington Examiner reports that the head of the USCCA says politics does not always factor in when it comes to exercising a constitutional right (nor should it):
Founder and President Tim Schmidt estimates that up to 40 percent of his 300,000 members are Democrats. Whatâ€™s more, he said that of another three million who have sought information from his group, half are Democrat.
â€œA lot of new people are getting permits,â€ Schmidt noted.
Regarding his prospects, he added, â€œHalf of them align themselves with the Democrats. So this whole concept of wanting to defend yourself doesnâ€™t go straight down Republican or conservative lines.
“I think everyone wants to defend themselves. We have all sorts of folks who say they are Democrats but want to carry a gun,” he added.
â€œItâ€™s less about politics, I think, than freedom,â€ he said.
.@USCCA reports that 18M Americans have concealed carry permits – up 64% from 2014. @TimUSCCA says the concept of wanting to defend yourself doesn’t go straight down Republican lines. He said that up to 40% of his 300K members are Democrats. https://t.co/9naWHqj0pC
— NRA (@NRA) September 18, 2018
The number of Americans carrying concealed has been rising for years. AsÂ Breitbart News reported:
On July 28, 2016, Breitbart NewsÂ reportedÂ that the concealed permits were surging during the Obama administration. Moreover, women were getting permits at twice the pace of men during Obamaâ€™s second term.
â€œThe number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits,” said theÂ Crime Prevention Research CenterÂ (CPRC), which also pointed to evidence that â€œsuggests that permit-holding is increasing about 75 percent more quickly among minorities than among whites.â€
It turns out that engaging in the right to self-defense may be the very first truly bipartisan issue in the Age of POTUS Trump.