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Charlotte, NC — To say it has been a tumultuous time in America this year is an understatement. Such times require a measure of protection that authorities are demonstrating they can’t provide. As such, Americans of all stripes are falling back on a level of independence and a constitutional right that many thought we needed to do away with until now
National Review went through numbers provided by various organizations that shows an astounding number of guns were purchased over the course of this year:
Using the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System, National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearm trade association, estimates that there were over 12 million guns bought in the first seven months of 2020 — up more than 70 percent over the same time span in 2019. This number is likely to include nearly 5 million first-time gun owners so far this year. That is probably the biggest surge in gun ownership in American history. It’s worth noting, too, that the number would likely be higher if gun shops hadn’t been trying to keep up with demand for months.
There are four more months in 2020 but, by the time this hellacious year is complete, we will likely see an astronomical number of firearms purchased from the general public that will set records that will not soon be broken.
This surge in gun ownership is likely driven by two issues:
- The unlawful and insane riots that police have neither the resources nor personnel to handle.
- Radical Democratic mayors in America’s biggest cities have slashed millions from their police department budgets.
The fascists of ANTIFA and the misnomer that is Black Lives Matter, Inc. are accosting innocent people and destroying federal, state, and private property indiscriminately. How are Americans supposed to react to this?!
These unlawful actions are telling Americans their best bet is themselves, and we’re now seeing a buy-up of firearms and ammunition out of necessity. Democrats have been awfully quiet on the issue of gun control during this election season and it’s likely because they’re looking at the same numbers we are.
Telling us that we need gun control during a time when you very likely may be attacked would give the populace the feeling that they really do want you eaten by the wolves.
So Democrats have left the issue on the floor…for now.
(READ: Democrats Have Gone Mysteriously Quiet About One of Their Biggest Issues)
Many groups have participated in the rise, including the black community. Business Insider reported that the National African American Gun Association (NAGAA) had a 2,000 member sign up in just 36 hours after the death of George Floyd. They aren’t the only group as well according to Insider:
Damon Finch, the president of the all-black Hudson Valley Nubian Gun Club in New York, told Business Insider that numbers have “doubled or tripled” almost every time the group holds weekly meetings.
“I think there’s still a big fear of leaving the house for so many people in this pandemic, so I believe, if we didn’t have the social distancing challenges, the numbers would be even higher,” Finch said.
Members range from law enforcement officers to postal workers and stay-at-home moms. While the club is focused primarily on the Black community, its website says that it “gladly welcomes people from all walks of life.”
Finch also said that there was a significant amount of interest coming specifically from Black women.
“Many of the women I spoke to told me their husbands had guns and knew how to use them, but they didn’t. They also wanted to learn,” Finch said.
This is a positive trend. The black community has every reason to buy firearms and not for the reason Black Lives Matter, Inc. would tell them, but because black lives matter itself. Riots bearing the Black Lives Matter, Inc. brand have been tearing apart black neighborhoods first and foremost, and many in the black community are looking to protect themselves and their property.
While some states and cities make gun ownership harder than others, the surge in gun ownership is going to make picking up the gun issue, or even keeping it, a much harder task for Democrats. With so many people becoming educated about firearms and their right to bear them, the left will have an uphill battle in the coming years if it wants to continue to try to ban or restrict them.
The RNC still has two nights of the convention to go. They would be wise to hammer home the aforementioned information but also follow this up with these succinct ideas to move the 2A debate forward:
- National reciprocity
- Eliminate “Gun Free Zones” that aren’t protected by trained armed guards
- Eliminate waiting periods, Red Flag Laws, and National Firearms Act
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