Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Thursday, May 08, 2008


40% more seek license to carry concealed gun

AUSTIN — Demand for concealed-handgun licenses has risen nearly 40 percent in Texas in a year, an increase being attributed to many factors, even presidential politics.

While the exact cause may be unclear, what's certain is the spike in applications has caught the Department of Public Safety unprepared. The state is taking a month longer than the 60 days allowed by law to process original applications and 80 days longer on renewals, which are supposed to be handled within 45 days.

“We're trying really hard, but there have been delays because of the tremendous increase in applications,” said Tela Mange, a DPS spokeswoman.

She said the department is paying overtime and hiring temporary workers to reduce the backlog. Mange said she doesn't know why applications last month were 39 percent higher than in April 2007.
And then there's this:
Trigger Happy: Gun Shops See Sales Spike After Home Invasions

Gun sales in Connecticut jumped sharply after three members of a Cheshire family were killed in a brutal home invasion last summer, and they continue to run about 20 percent above last year’s rate.

Gun shop owners now say a second home invasion in March in New Britain, where a parolee shot two elderly women, killing one, during an attempted robbery, may be a tipping point as worried homeowners scramble to arm themselves.

“Those home invasions were the worst things in the world,” said James Cummings, owner of Center Sports in Columbia. “But it is the best thing for my business.”

J.D. McAulay, owner of the Connecticut Gun Exchange in Milford, said customer traffic rose noticeably after both crimes, but especially after the most recent one.

“We have had first-time buyers looking for protection that have no idea about the process or that there is a process,” McAulay said. “They don’t know they need a permit for a handgun or that they need to take a course.”

In the first three months of 2007, 16,651 guns were sold statewide. In the first quarter of 2008, that number jumped to 20,101. More guns were sold in the first three weeks of April than in the entire month last year.

The monthly reports of gun sales from the state Department of Public Safety show a spike in gun purchases beginning early last fall. That was just weeks after two parolees invaded the Petit family home in Cheshire, killed three and burned the house to the ground.

From May to September in 2007, statewide gun sales had reached 5,000 only once.

From October to March, the lowest total was 6,185 in February. And that figure for February was 25 percent higher than a year earlier.
Zendo Deb (where I got the second link) wonders if this is evidence that we're really not in a recession, and one gun shop owner thinks the entire increase in sales is due to the heinous home invasion, but here's what one San Antonio CCW trainer thinks:
But Ross Bransford, who trains 1,000 Texans a year to qualify for a concealed handgun license, said he believes the looming 2008 election is a big factor.

“People are not sure what's going to happen after the election,” said Bransford, who owns Austin-based “Both Democratic candidates are anti-gun in one fashion or another.”
I think that has a LOT to do with it. Other reasons:
Other instructors mentioned an increased interest from young adults after last year's Virginia Tech massacre and recent changes in Texas law about carrying concealed weapons.

In 2007, lawmakers granted privacy to the 258,000 license holders by closing records that had been public since the concealed handgun law passed in 1995. They also extended the so-called “castle doctrine” defense to persons who use a gun to protect their vehicles, in addition to their homes.
But you don't need a CCW to keep a gun in your home for self-defense in Texas. Then again, probably most people in Connecticut don't know you need to take a training class and get a permit to purchase a pistol there, either:
While the home invasions have prompted the General Assembly to pass a $10 million crime bill — which Gov. M. Jodi Rell threatened veto for budget reasons — residents are taking personal steps.

“(Gun sales) are starting to go up because people are scared,” said Scott Hoffman, owner of Hoffman’s Gun Center in Newington and president of the Connecticut Association of Firearms Retailers.

The tag line for Hoffman’s store is “Guns For The Good Guys.”

His store has focused more on defense weapons than hunting rifles. He said the media coverage of the home invasions has pushed his sales higher.

“It’s unfortunate that it takes a tragedy, but that is usually how it works,” Hoffman said.

All three gun store owners declined to discuss the revenues their businesses generate.

But Hoffman and Cummings noted shifts in their customer base and growing interest in pistol permit courses.

Hoffman said he used to hold his pistol course every other week. Now it’s held weekly, and there are waiting lists for a month’s worth of classes.
That's why I label these posts "Awakenings" - reality smacks people in the face, and some of them wake up.
Cummings, who’s sold guns for 26 years, said he’s used to serving hunters looking for rifles but that his new clientele(sic) is a different breed.

“Instead of the hunters, we get a lot of older people, older women, coming in for the (pistol) class,” he said.

“I don’t think an old lady wants a pistol permit to hunt,” Cummings added.

Shotguns are also favorites for those looking to protect their homes. For one thing, they’re less complicated to obtain.

Pistols require coursework, a 90-day wait and about $200 in miscellaneous permit and training costs.

The wait for a shotgun is about two weeks.

More menacing looking semi-automatic assault rifles, knockoffs of the M-16 or AK-47, are also increasingly popular.
Yes, they're only good for killing a large number of people indiscriminately which is why the Chicago PD is among the latest departments to equip with with them.


But even in Connecticut, the upcoming election is seen as a major driver of gun sales:
Politics is definitely a factor in rising gun sales, he added.

"Politicians have been my best salesmen for 20 years because people want what they can't have," he said. "They are afraid their rights are going to be taken away."

Hoffman pointed to a possible change in gun policy coming from the next president in 2009 or other legislation from the state Capitol.

Two bills referred to the state judiciary committee this year would have required firearm manufactures to micro-stamp all guns with information and engrave ammunition with serial numbers.
But the Eeeeeevil NRA intervened!
In response, the National Rifle Association put out a call to its constituents.

A March press conference on the issue drew eight executives from gun manufacturers and two trade associations.

Both pieces of legislation eventually died in committee, as the companies argued they would force factories out of state and cost the state jobs.
That's right - Connecticut is home for several firearms manufacturers. And of course, we have to hear from the concerned citizens who oppose the nefarious NRA:
Those opposed to gun violence, specifically the non-profit Connecticut Against Gun Violence, want to prevent the flow of guns purchased legally from reaching the hands of criminals.

"As long as dealers are following state law, we don't really have a comment about increasing gun sales,” said Lisa Labella, executive director for CAGV.

"We respect the rights of law-abiding gun dealers and owners. We don't believe that a gun is the best form of home defense. We would prefer more security systems instead."
Go ahead. Pull my other leg.

And, killing two birds with one stone, so to speak, here's today's Quote of the Day:
"Politicians have been my best salesmen for 20 years because people want what they can't have. They are afraid their rights are going to be taken away."
Unintended consequences.

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