As vaccination mandates continue taking a toll on “first responder” ranks—Fox News is reporting that “thousands of New York City police officers, firefighters and other municipal workers” were placed on unpaid leave Monday—it is no wonder more American citizens are arming themselves.
A report from MSN notes Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has warned officials in his jurisdiction he could lose up to a third of his workforce due to the county’s vaccine mandate.
“We are experiencing an increase in unscheduled retirements, worker compensation claims, employees quitting, and a reduction in qualified applicants,” Villanueva said in a statement posted last week, the news agency said.
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In Seattle, the police department has lost more than 300 officers over the past year, according to an Associated Press story in mid-October.
So is it any wonder why increasing numbers of citizens are “arming up?”
In a monthly report from the Washington State Department of Licensing, CFL learned the resurgence of concealed carry is continuing in the Evergreen State. During October, another 2,500 concealed pistol licenses were issued, bringing the number of active CPLs to 643,317. This means the state has recovered more than two-thirds of the number of CPLs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic panic when many if not most police agencies “suspended” the process of accepting new CPL applications because they require fingerprinting. There is no provision in state statute that allows such a “suspension” especially one that continued for months, during which the number of active licenses plummeted just over 31,000 between April 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021.
But over the past seven months, Washington has added back 23,919 active CPLs. For a state that has been declared officially “blue” by the establishment media, that’s something of an achievement that cannot be dismissed.
As reported recently at AmmoLand News, police agencies around the country have been warning about manpower shortages. The president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild advised citizens, “Be prepared to defend yourself.” Evidently, that advice did not land on deaf ears. There are now more than 98,300 active CPLs in King County, which encompasses Seattle. The county recently reported surpassing last year’s total number of homicides, with two months still remaining in 2021.
Down in Los Angeles County, only 3,942 of the 9,656 sworn personnel in Villanueva’s department have reportedly been fully vaccinated, according to MSN.com. When such reports surface, the public becomes less certain of a police response to an emergency, and even in a restrictive state such as California, gun sales will pick up.
In New York, where the gun law is being challenged Wednesday before the US Supreme Court, it is also difficult to buy a gun and nearly impossible to obtain a carry permit. That may change, depending upon the high court, but it will still be months away.
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