Celebrities are hopping back on the ‘fight 2A’ bandwagon, pushing for stricter gun control.
Former Disney Channel star, Miley Ray Cyrus Tweeted a picture strutting what appears to be a hand-made t-shirt stating, “protect kids not gun”.
Cyrus’ t-shirt follows suit after country music stars Dierks Bentley and Tyler Hubbard (he sings for Florida Georgia Line – I had no idea who he was, either) joined the Toms campaign to #EndGunViolenceTogether. The social justice warriors are advocating for universal background checks before the purchase of firearms… even though that has been law since 1998 and almost every mass shooting has consisted of guns that were bought legally, according to Breitbart. Maybe celebs missed that part in their Google search for trending gun safety arguments.
Of course, after the realization in the error filled anti-gun argument, some took to Instagram to “clear up confusion”:
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One more video from my heart to help clear up any confusion I may have caused with the hope to help us become unified as American citizens. I love you all regardless of religious or political views or where you stand on gun laws, but let’s start having good conversations out of love that help us all reach one goal: a free, safe, educated and loving place we all call home. Feel free to comment but remember the ultimate goal when doing so. Much Love to everyone. #endgunviolence
Dierks Bentley and Tyler Hubbard (FGL) – after the realization that background checks for gun purchases are already a thing – state they simply want to get rid of gun shows, flea markets, and private vendors of guns. They just want the government to have authority of firearm purchases! Is that too much to ask? Government regulation of gun purchases is the best avenue for ceasing mass shootings, duh. Because big government is the answer to everything, according to these country singers.
The trending(ish) hashtag, #EndGunViolenceTogether has celebs throwing in their (irrelevant) two cents on how to handle the problem:
Newsflash: banning flea markets and gun shows is still an infringement on the second amendment. Unfortunately, celebrity endorsement and government regulation is not the answer to mass shootings. Fo shizzle.
If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?
No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales. In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.
It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales. A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.
Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.
Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.
Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:
Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.
“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.
“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”
Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.
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