A couple of weeks ago, November 20th to be exact, I received an email from a group called Concealed Online. The email read …
“It was penned like this in December 1791…’A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’
Today, almost 228 years later, The World Has Changed… I am writing to urge you to GET YOUR CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT!
This week we celebrate our nations birthday… 243 years old (using the average human lifespan that’s just over 3 lifespans ago).
In that short period of time we have fought in 5 major wars, elected 45 presidents, and have passedover 20,000 laws…
Unfortunately, many of those laws have moved us further and further from freedom all in the name of order and protection. The truth is protection starts at home and our forefathers knew it… they knew this day of BIG GOVERNMENT would sneak up on us all…
This is why I encourage you fellow patriots exercise your right to bear arms HERE AND NOW!
I just wanted to encourage you that you should Get Your Concealed Carry Permit while it is still legal and easy… California Democrats has already made it nearly impossible to get one there and the Liberals are slowly advancing their agenda in Congress.
This site helps people get their CCW Permit through online certification… They are truly patriots, they are available by phone as well if you just want more information.
There may not be an option for you to legally carry next year. Tomorrow may be too late. Get your permit while its still legal to do so.”
And then they provided a link where I could “Start the online process”. It wasn’t the first such email I had received, but it was the first one I decided to take note of … for I was curious … is it really so simple for a person to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon as simply logging onto a website? And so, I did a bit of digging.
When I followed the link, their website begins with an introduction that said all I had to do to obtain a Virginia (note that I don’t live in Virginia, but Virginia has a reciprocal agreement with 28 other states) concealed carry license was to watch a short video, answer 12 multiple choice questions, fill out an application, send them $65 and PRESTO! I could go around with a gun stuck in my waistband, pocket, or maybe even a holster under my shirt. Wow, huh?
No, I didn’t watch the video or take the 12-question test, for the simple reason that I don’t want to be on these people’s radar. I don’t know how they got my email address, but I have no intention of giving them a reason to keep bothering me with such emails. But, I did do some digging and found that in last year’s election cycle, this organization spent mega bucks … some $2 million … advertising on Facebook.
Its ads warned about the “blue wave.” “MOB RULE IS COMING!” read one series of ads before the midterm elections. And after: “IT’S ALMOST OVER! The Gun Control Dems are IN.”Concealed Online launched in 2016, three years after Virginia started allowing people to take online courses to qualify for concealed carry permits. Those permits are recognized in states across the country, and even nonresidents of Virginia are eligible. The company’s owner saw a business opportunity in that. So, he developed an online training course, where people can watch a video on gun safety, take a test, and instantly download a certificate of competency with a handgun for a fee. You can take the test as many times as you need, making it nearly impossible to fail.
A writer for WIRED, Issie Lapowsky, says she took the test and intentionally answered a few questions wrong, and still passed – though she had not even watched the ‘safety’ video!
The Better Business Bureau gives Concealed Online an F rating, in part because it has received 25 complaints—primarily from people who paid for the certificate only to find out that Virginia’s permits aren’t recognized in their state. The company’s owner says Concealed Online sells certificates to people living in states like California and Colorado, which don’t accept Virginia permits, because they can use them when they travel to states that do.
Think about that one, folks. John Doe can decide to go on a shooting spree and get permission to carry a concealed gun in 28 states within a matter of minutes, and for only $65. Is it any wonder that the U.S. has the highest rate of deaths by gun in the world? Is it any wonder that as of November 19th, there have been 45 school shootings in the U.S.? Is it any wonder that as of October 31st there had been 370 mass shootings, killing 441 people and injuring another 1,466? And is it any wonder that as of today, December 8th, there have been 36,734 gun deaths in the U.S. this year – 14,162 murder/homicides, and 22,572 suicides. And those so-called “prolife” people worry about abortion???
Oh, and by the way … you can also buy a gun online.