Liberals are not going to like what has been happening in El Paso, Texas since the Walmart mass shooting a few weeks back.
After a targeted attack on Hispanic residents in the shooting which left 22 dead, people in the predominantly Latino city have been flocking to classes to become certified to carry a concealed gun in public, Reuters reported.
One of the largest gun stores in El Paso has seen a significant increase in attendance for classes to obtain a License to Carry a concealed firearm.
“I have over 50 for this Saturday class and approximately the same amount for the Sunday class, and I normally have approximately seven,” Michael McIntyre, general manager of Gun Central, told Reuters after crowded classes last weekend with mostly Hispanic attendees.
But residents are not just taking classes in the wake of the shooting, they are purchasing firearms as McIntyre indicated that his handgun sales had doubled since the attack.
“We actually had two people buy guns here who were actually in the Walmart on the day of the shooting. The other people are just saying, ‘Hey, you know I want to be able to protect myself in the event of something going on,’” he said. “This is not the last mass shooting we’re going to see.”
Guadalupe Segovia attended a class with her two children.
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She said her military husband had long been pushing for her to get a concealed-carry license, which allows the holder to wear a gun hidden under their clothes or carry it in a purse when they are in public.
Segovia said she felt urgency to do the required training now after the attack hit close to home.
“I’m still going to be scared, even carrying a weapon,” she said.
While acknowledging that the class is not the same as being in an active shooter situation, Segovia has been urging her sisters to be prepared and learn how to handle a firearm in case they ever find themselves in an emergency situation.
“I’ve already told them, ‘Let’s go practice. Let’s go practice.’ It’s not just this one time that we have to keep coming to ranges and so you can feel familiarized with a weapon and be OK with it,” she told Reuters.
Though she wants to see changes in gun laws, Segovia still applied for her concealed-carry license and thinks of owning a weapon as a “privilege.”
“I think weapons should be a privilege and for safety, not to go and kill people,” she said.
McIntyre teaches students that, in attacks like the one at the El Paso Walmart, many people wouldn’t be able to fire back at a shooter. Only one percent of people return fire, he noted, and said he teaches students to run first before firing.
“One out of a hundred is a fire, the other 99 will run off,” McIntyre said.
While the left is clamoring over gun laws and gun rights, the state of Texas is moving into next month with 10 new pro-gun laws signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbot and backed by the National Rifle Association.