Department of Public Safety fiscal statistics are revealing older people are at
the top of the list for applying for concealed handgun licenses. But several
East Texas CHL instructors say that isn't the whole truth.
alone, nearly 4,000 57-year-old's in the Lone Star State received their CHL,
which is the highest age group on the list.
"When you get
to 57, one, you're wiser and you're more mature and you don't really have the
same defense mechanisms that you used to," Al Patterson, a CHL instructor in
the statistics, CHL instructors say they are actually seeing more women in
beginning to realize that it's their responsibility to take better care of
themselves. They're getting out and learning some thought processes and being
made more aware of what to look for," Patsy Dunks, a CHL instructor in Lufkin,
Out of the
580,000 active licenses in the state, approximately 30,000 belong to women. But
Patterson says most of his classes are filled with females.
have as many bad habits and they are just outstanding shooters when they learn
the right way to do something," Patterson said.
women and the elderly are generally the most targeted by criminals, and
learning to shoot a gun is empowering to both groups.
"As the baby
boomers start reaching maturity, they began to realize that our government is
not going to take care of us. We have to take care of ourselves," Dunks said.
And Patterson agrees.
in general, we live in a society where we have very nice Godly people as a whole.
But we're very defensive. And we're going to protect our own and we are going
to protect our loved ones," Patterson said.
concealed handgun licenses were issued last year in Angelina County, while
approximately 400 were issued in Nacogdoches County.
doesn't seem like much, both are near the top of the list for smaller town's
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