Philadelphia experienced a massive rise in concealed carry gun permits in 2021

Fox News reports that the city of Philadelphia saw a massive increase in the number of concealed carry gun permits that it issued last year. 

Fox based its report on numbers that it received from the Philadelphia State Police. What these numbers show is that, in 2021, the city issued 602% more concealed carry permits than it did in 2020.

One interesting and perhaps surprising statistic is that more than half — 51% — of the concealed carry permits that the city issued went to women.

Fox cites Terrence Lappe, “a former police firearm instructor who teaches Pennsylvanians the importance of safe gun use,” as revealing that he has been “experiencing an explosion in requests for lessons.”

The “why?”

Why are so many people in Philadelphia seeking permits?

Fox News cited several sources, including Lape, as attributing the increase in gun permit applications to the rise in crime that has been taking place in Philadelphia, and across the country.

Just last year, Philadelphia saw a record number of homicides — 562 — and, this year, the city is already experiencing a 7% increase overall in violent crime.

Crime statistics show that gun robberies are largely to blame for this 7% increase. So far, this year, there has been a 58% increase in such robberies: 1,294 compared to 819 at this time in 2021.

Guns are the answer

It appears that, contrary to what the political left says, law-abiding citizens in Philadelphia see guns as the answer to the city’s crime problem.

Fox quotes Lape as explaining, “When you have crime that goes unchecked, you have a police department that is an incredible one, but stretched incredibly thin – they can’t be everywhere at every time. People are scared, and they want to learn how to protect themselves.”

This isn’t just taking place in Philadelphia, either. In cities across the country in recent years, we have seen law-abiding Americans pursue guns, not only in response to the rise in crime but in response to the gun control policies being pushed by the political left.

Despite the left’s anti-gun messaging, a sizeable portion of the country clearly understands the importance of being able to own a gun.

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