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Ohio CCW trend follows national trend; press continues disconnect

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Today’s report by the WBNS News in Columbus, Ohio and the Associated Press that the Buckeye State has more than 16,000 new concealed carry licenses in circulation this year reflects a national trend that includes Washington.

However, a Monday editorial in Connecticut’s Bristol Press demonstrates that elitist newspaper editorial boards retain their disconnect with public sentiment. That editorial expressed concerns over the spike in the number of people seeking gun permits, using information from the anti-gun Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence to support gun registration.

As Examiner reported earlier this month, Washington now has more than 457,000 active concealed pistol licenses (CPLs) in circulation, a figure that reflects a steady climb over the past few years. Anecdotal information from other states shows the same pattern: More citizens are obtaining carry permits and licenses, taking personal responsibility for their personal safety.

That’s a stark contrast to the gun prohibitionists who gathered Monday evening at Town Hall Seattle, a self-designated gun-free zone. While Jet City anti-gunners would have the public believe that signs and decals in doors that announce firearms prohibitions keep people safe, they huddled at Town Hall under the protective watch of an armed private security guard.

Gun rights activists are now asking if the anti-gunners can spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y. It is a word that must not be part of the gun prohibition lobby’s vocabulary, as evidenced by responses to yesterday’s Examiner report that appeared on the Facebook pages belonging to the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

The Bristol Press tried to portray permit-seeking gun owners as being a bit paranoid about “stricter gun laws passed in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown.” There was a single shooting at Sandy Hook, and all the strict gun laws in Connecticut in effect at the time didn’t prevent it.

Perhaps Connecticut citizens have the same concerns shared by Ohioans and Washingtonians: protection from crime. Police cannot be everywhere, and with the Obama administration reportedly releasing “dozens of murderers and thousands of drunken drivers” who were identified by the Washington Times as “immigrants,” the streets are even less safe.

The newspaper said there were 116 convicted murderers, another 43 who had been convicted of negligent manslaughter, 14 who voluntarily committed manslaughter and one who apparently killed a public official with a gun among the 36,000 “immigrants” released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The story notes that their native countries do not want them back, suggesting just how dangerous some of these people are. The Washington Times noted that these statistics “could undercut the president’s argument that he is trying to focus on the most serious criminals in his immigration enforcement.”

Critics might suggest that the only thing the president has been focused on since before Fast and Furious and Benghazi is his golf stroke. A website called "obamagolfcounter.com" says the president had played golf 163 times as of March 7, and he has hit the links since then.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s Seattle Times carried a report that authorities have traced Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s gun to a Portland, Maine drug gang. They still are not certain how the gun passed into Tsarnaev’s hands, but one can conclude there was no background check involved, nor would there have been, since the gun’s serial number had been defaced.

Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police four days after the bombing. His brother, Dzhokhar, was arrested a day later and now awaits trial on charges related to the bombing.

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