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100% Spike in Concealed Carry Requests Shatter Dems Hopes for Gun-Controlled America

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David Hogg may just be one of the best gun salesmen in history.

That would probably come as a shock to the foul-mouthed gun control advocate, who recently called all NRA members murderers with blood “splattered all over their faces.”

The Parkland student-turned-media mogul no doubt believes his rhetoric is winning supporters to his side, but the evidence shows it may be doing exactly the opposite.

According to The Independent, public interest in concealed carry permits has spiked since the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida, with “as much as a 250-percent increase in training requests for this type of permit.”

Many Americans have no doubt decided to take their self-defense more seriously after seeing law enforcement fail to adequately respond during that crisis. However, the dramatic numbers indicate there is a much more pro-gun response to the recent tragedy than after similar incidents in the past.

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“There’s been a lot of shootings, unfortunately, in this country, but we’ve never seen a spike this big before, even with Newtown,” said Chris Schultrop, who runs the National Carry Academy providing citizen training to 27 states.

The harsh anti-gun hyperbole that paints law-abiding gun owners as complicit in murder is almost certainly part of the reason. Americans are fed up with being blamed for the actions of criminals and the mistakes of law enforcement, and seem to have resolved to take action.

“An analysis by NCA found that it had seen a 103.5 percent increase in interest in its trainings in the month following the Parkland, Florida shooting in February, including a spike of as much as 283 percent in Ohio,” The Independent reported.

“I think people are more proactive about being concerned for their own personal safety,” said Jacob Paulsen, a firearms instructor with Concealed Carry Inc. That organization has seen a rise in permit interest numbers similar to NCA’s levels.

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“I think there’s a concern that the police can never be there fast enough in these situations, and you have to be responsible for your own personal safety,” Paulsen added.

Most conservatives agree that Hogg, the left’s new anti-gun poster boy, is smug and annoying. If the jump in concealed carry interest is any indication, maybe the right should change it’s message to, “Hey Hogg, keep talking.”

We saw a similar phenomenon during the 2016 election. Liberals, namely Hillary Clinton, hitched their wagon to a strategy of scolding the American people and lecturing them about how “deplorable” they were if they didn’t agree.

In that election, the pompous rebukes were about sexism and class. “Vote for me or you hate women,” Hillary’s message seemed to be. “Do you want to explain Trump to your children like some kind of knuckle-dragger?”

It was a colossal miscalculation. Americans, it turns out, despise being told what to think; they hate it even more when the lecture is coming from a sanctimonious blowhard in an ill-fitting pantsuit.

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Hogg and his ilk are now making the exact same mistake. Having never met an NRA member, he attacks them as subhuman. Having no kids or responsibilities of his own, he tells American parents that they slaughter children by not falling in line on gun control.

That was never going to work, and now we have the numbers to prove it.

Responsible gun ownership isn’t going away anytime soon. If anything, it’s surging.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.




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