If the Great Obama Gun Rush were just a phenomena of us die-hard gun owners stocking up on a few extra AR-15s to tuck away, you wouldn’t see stories like this:
Instead of waiting, more people are exercising their right to personal protection.
“I know Obama said he wouldn’t take away any of our gun rights but that remains to be seen,” said Glen Hirsch, who was buying a gun on a recent day.
In Springfield, concealed carry courses are booked full through April.
“I want to be able to have it when I need it,” said Kevin Hale of Aurora.
Instructors even added Sunday sessions.
“The demand for this course has pretty much tripled over what it was a year ago,” said Randy Gibson, a concealed-carry weapons class instructor.
The demand increased from 381 applications in 2006 to more than 1,100 last year; 12 percent of the applicants are women.
We die-hards already have our concealed carry licenses.Â This means Obama is minting new gun owners.Â That stands to reason.Â Before Bill Clinton, I expressed passing support of the Second Amendment, but I was not a die hard, nor an activist, had little exposure to firearms, and did not own one.Â Bill Clinton made me a gun owner, and an activist for the cause.Â Obama will make the next generation if he’s not careful.Â It’s already happening.