This is the kind of news that’s really going to bother Joe Biden. It might even frighten Diane Feinstein. It should worry Shannon Watts. It’ll gravely concern Julian Castro. It could muddle Chris Murphy. And it should downright perturb Mayor Pete.
A report released by the nonprofit Crime Prevention Research Center this week needs a trigger warning: Nearly 19 million U.S. citizens have permits to carry a concealed handgun.
Just since last year, the number’s grown by 8 percent — an increase of 1.4 million.
A whole lot of those guns, as you know, would be semi-automatic — which clueless goobers on MSNBC and CNN have unendingly denounced as if the designation means a machine gun.
Sorry, major news networks; it’s a machine gun free-for-all.
19 million. Semi-automatic.
Take that, goofy memes!
So which states do you think have the highest concentration of gun-wearers?
Well, in first place, Roll Tide: ‘Bama is a titanic wave of firearm ownership. Some folks there prefer open carry — don’t be scared if the dude behind you at the Citgo’s sportin’ a Glock like he’s Wyatt Earp.
A whopping 26% of adults in the Heart of Dixie have concealed carry permits.
Indiana trails with 18. South Dakota hits the list with 16.
Across the nation, 7.3% own cards.
Three states — Georgia, Texas, and Pennsylvania — have more than 1 million permit holders.
Florida has 2 million.
And here’s something: 16 states don’t require permits.