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Across the United States, an increasing number of men and women are training and applying for concealed-carry permits. And many folks are doing so through the many classes offered by Gander Mountain Academy (GMA). Why?

A 2011 Gallup Poll noted that 47 percent of American adults keep at least one gun at home or on their property. Many of those citizens want to be as safe in public places as they are at home. As a result, the legal concealed carry of firearms has in the last decade mushroomed, with more and more citizens accepting the responsibility and requirements that come with the decision to own and carry a weapon for defense. The torrent of concerned citizens arming themselves has broken records for the number of firearms purchases and concealed-carry permit applications.

As of this writing, there are 40 shall-issue states, meaning that applicants meeting the basic requirements will be issued a permit, at a nominal cost, based simply on their desire to obtain one. Nine other states fall into the may-issue category, issuing licenses based on various subjective criteria that, generally, assess the applicant’s self-defense needs.

Illinois is the sole state the country that denies its citizens their constitutional right to bear arms for self-defense. It’s probably not a coincidence that, in 2012, there were 513 homicides in the city of Chicago alone (a 15 percent increase from the number of homicides that occured in 2011). To quote Dr. Phil, the question is, “How’s that workin’ for you?”
Although the media tries very hard to taint the image of all gun owners based on violent events (including random acts of terror, violence in public places and the lawless aftermath of natural disasters), people realize that, when an armed lunatic confronts an unarmed victim, political rhetoric and liberal sensibilities are inadequate deterrents.

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