2020 has been a record year for gun sales. Even when Democrats are foaming at the mouth about passing gun control, countless Americans are sticking it to them by rushing to their local gun stores.
That said, there has been a bit of a slowdown for the month of September. Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms noted that in September fewer than 3 million background checks were processed by the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System. Even with these numbers in mind, September 2020 still proved to be the September with the highest number of background checks conducted in the system’s 22-year existence..
From September of 2019 to September of 2020, gun sales went from 2,207,312 to 2,892,115. Per The Trace’s estimates, 1.92 million firearm sales were made which include 780,000 long guns (rifles and shotguns) and 1,210,000 handguns. The Trace reported that the state which experienced the biggest increase in gun sales between August and September during 2020 was New Jersey. In the Garden State, NICS numbers increased by 30 percent.
The yearly comparison between September of 2019 and September 2020, was quite astounding. NICS background checks increased by over 400 percent in Delaware and Washington D.C. Similarly, in September of 2020, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Utah experienced increases in NICS checks by over 100 percent compared to September of 2019.
According to estimates by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 40 percent of firearm sales in 2020 have been to first-time gun buyers. In other words, from January to August over 5,000,000 Americans purchased firearms for the first time.
Americans are getting strapped. And we shouldn’t blame them. Cities across the nation are going up in flames and law enforcement has been largely told to stand down.
The Trump campaign and other conservative activists should not sleep on this new segment of gun owners. They could serve as potential voters and future foot soldiers for nationalist causes in election cycles beyond 2020.
Times of crisis often present great opportunities for growth.
Will Joe Manchin Pose a Threat to Gun Rights?
Manchin may not be as moderate as some make him out to be.
The common perception heading into the Biden presidency is that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin will be one of the most powerful Senators in the next few years.
Given the conservative nature of Manchin’s West Virginian constituents, he has had to take several moderate positions and not move lockstep with the Democrats’ leftist faction. For example, Manchin has already gone on record against getting rid of the filibuster — an idea that is popular among progressives in the Democrat Party.
However, on the Second Amendment, Manchin will likely fall in line with his anti-gun Democrat colleagues, As Cam Edwards reported at Bearing Arms, Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is willing to move gun control in the next congressional session. However, he wiggled his way out of Tapper’s question about banning modern sporting rifles.
“There has to be responsibility in gun ownership. I’m not going to eliminate people having their gun,” Manchin answered. “They shouldn’t be scared to death of Democrats on their Second Amendment, taking their guns away. … So no, we’re not going to take people’s guns away, but there are things that we should not have in people’s hands.”
West Virginia is known for having solid gun laws that make it easy for lawful individuals to possess and carry firearms. In light of this, Manchin has to take a measured approach to wedge issues like gun control lest he wants to face the wrath of West Virginia’s rabidly pro-gun voters.
However, we shouldn’t forget that Manchin teamed up with Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre to push a universal background check bill. Grassroots pro-Second Amendment activists were able to defeat this anti-gun scheme, which left Obama and company disappointed. Additionally, pro-gun organizations such as the National Association for Gun Rights made a name for themselves in 2013 by exposing this bipartisan gun grab. Manchin can go the anti-gun route like most of his Democrat colleagues and he’ll try to find squishy Republicans to help propose “reasonable” forms of civilian disarmament.
Gun owners will likely have to step up again to confront another set of gun grabs. Democrats are now much more radicalized and they’re looking to exploit nationwide hysteria following the January 6th incident to ram through gun control. As always, right-wingers will have to remain vigilant.
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