Americans are arming themselves in record numbers, fearful of stricter gun control under the Obama administration and higher crime in a sour economy, reports USA Today. Some states and counties report a surge in applications for concealed weapons permits since the November election. For example, applications already have hit a record this year in Clay County, Mo., where the sheriff’s office received 888 through June, compared with 863 in all of last year.
In the past, applicants tended to be middle-aged men, he says, but recent applicants include “grandmothers, older folks, young women, young men,” said the Clay County sheriff. They tell him the bad economy will lead to more thefts and break-ins, he says, but his statistics show violent crime related to the recession hasn’t gone up.