We have seen a great deal of evidence of late of a vast conservative shift in this great nation of ours, as the mantras of “America First” and “Making America Great” continue to echo throughout the most enthusiastic patriots in the nation.
We’ve seen conservatism on the rise, both politically and in pop culture, as the ebb and flow of American society begins to reach high tide on the right for the first time in several decades.
And, with that tidal surge comes a vast increase of the exercising of our Second Amendment, and the numbers are simply astounding.
Nearly 6 million Americans were toting loaded handguns on a daily basis in 2019, up from about 3 million just four years prior, according to estimates in a new study from researchers at the University of Washington and Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health.
Rowhani-Rahbar and his co-authors assessed the results of the National Firearms Survey, which asked more than 2,000 handgun owners about their carrying habits. They applied that nationally representative data to the estimated 53 million US adults who owned handguns in 2019, concluding that about 16 million adults carried a loaded handgun at least once a month, and 6 million did so daily.
About seven in 10 of survey respondents who carried loaded handguns said they did so for protection from other people, rather than for work, recreation, or protection against animals. Four in five handgun owners were male, and three in four were white. The study did not ask respondents whether they concealed their guns or carried them openly.
The news comes on the heels of several campaigns around the nation to promote the idea of “Constitutional Carry” that would negate the permitting process for Americans to concealed-carry in public.