by DAVID FRENCH
A recent increase in law-abiding gun ownership bodes well for the country's future. The great arming is underway, and that's a very good thing for our nation, for our culture, and for the relationship between citizen and state.
First, it's just a fact that for the vast majority of people, the instant they start carrying a gun is the instant they change their relationship with the state. No longer are they a protectee. They're suddenly and substantially less dependent. They become a protector of themselves and others and that transition has a powerful psychological effect. It grants them greater security in their home, and it grants them greater freedom in their community. For many people, it gives them freedom from fear.