How Democrats keep guns in the hands of the rich - Chicago Tribune: A new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that the average fee for a concealed handgun permit is $67, but it is much higher in the most Democratic states. Each 10-percentage-point increase in a state's presidential vote for Hillary Clinton was associated with an additional $30 in the concealed handgun permit fee. In California, where Clinton won by about 30 points, fees can be as high as $385 for just two years. In New York City, where she won by 60 points, a three-year permit costs $430.
In addition to prohibitive fees, some blue states — California, Illinois — require four times as many training hours as the national average, adding hundreds of dollars to the cost of obtaining a concealed-carry license. In California counties, the mandated cost of training can run from $250 to more than $1,000. Compare heavily Democratic Illinois, where the cost of permit and training runs over $450, with neighboring Republican Indiana where the total cost for everything is $50.
I'm on the side of encouraging firearms training ... I teach it at my local gun club. But there is no 'certification' awarded in my class; it only serves to familiarize students in safe gun handling, with an emphasis on competition. So I can attest that It Ain't Rocket Science; what you PAY for is the certificate, which some states/localities require before a Concealed Carry License will be issued.
The states which mandate "certification" aren't using this requirement to "ensure proficiency"; they're using it as a club to beat the shit out of anyone who has the gall to demand that their Constitutional Rights will be honored. Then after the expensive training, they add on this absurd fee for the permit itself.
Dr. Lott is, as always, absolutely correct. This is all a great scheme on the part of the so-called "Liberals" (who are anything but liberal) to obstruct the American Citizen's access to firearms as noted in the Constitution.
This is why we can't have any fun any more. The Democrats are, literally, doing everything they can to discourage law-abiding private citizens from exercising their rights. Why are they doing that?
There are two reasons why Democrats are against the Second Amendment.
The first reason is that they are, as a class, a bunch of narrow-minded fuss-budgets who
The second reason why Democrats are against the Second Amendment is that Conservatives (not all of them Republicans) are FOR it. Anything Republicans like, Democrats instinctively denounce.
Yes, many Democrats are nice people; many of my best friends are ... uh ... no, not really. A couple, at best. But I'm sure there are a lot of nice Democrats out there, that I just haven't met yet.