There are so many very important and interesting things happening recently, I can only report on a few of them to keep this article from becoming too long. Here are some of the highlights that I have found on various websites:
• More and more women seem to be getting involved in preserving, promoting their 2A Rights, while honing their marksmanship skills. KXAN News recently ran a story about Red’s Indoor Gun Range, located in Austin, Texas. It was reported that, when the film crew arrived at the range, every single bay was occupied by a woman. The range offers a women’s night on certain days every month and many woman attend. Austin Sure Shots, a gun club geared for women, started off small but now has over 300 members. And, more and more women are getting licensed to carry concealed weapons. Many firearm manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of shooting equipment, are taking notice and creating products aimed at females.
• To date, Illinois has had over 100,000 people apply for their concealed carry permit. This is an incredible number and I expect this is only the beginning.
• A pair of bills have been filed in each house of South Carolina’s legislature that are aiming to eliminate the zero-tolerance attitude towards guns in schools by allowing or even mandating gun safety and Second Amendment-related curricula in the schools. This is quite a change from almost all other states and their view of “guns” in schools. The author of the house bill was inspired to act by the story of a student who was actually arrested at school over a fictional essay he wrote in which he talked about buying a gun to kill a neighbor’s pet dinosaur. He was appalled at the zero-tolerance attitude towards guns in schools, and how it is undermining knowledge of, and respect for, the Second Amendment. It even includes a Second Amendment Awareness Day. The bill has taken a lot of flak because of this and that it requires approval by the NRA. Time will tell if the bill gets passed or not. But the fact that the bills were even entered is quite an accomplishment.