Gun sales are continuing to skyrocket in the midst of the national Chinese coronavirus, with April sales up more than 70% over the previous year. March had set an all-time record for transfers of firearms in the United States, easily smashing the previous record holder on the back of a coronavirus gun buy surge.
Firearms transfer records suggest that an estimated 1,797,910 guns were sold in the month of April, a whopping 71.3% increase on April 2019. March had seen a massive 2,583,238 gun sales, up over 85% on the previous year.
The data on gun transfers is gauged by Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting, a firearms industry data group. Mark Olivia, a spokesman for the group, said the previous month represented the “strongest April on record” in a statement provided to Fox News.
“This shows us there is continued appetite among Americans to be able to provide for their own safety during times of uncertainty. These are buyers who have witnessed their governments empty prisons… Police departments are stretched beyond capacity in many cases. Law-abiding Americans recognize this and exercising their right to own a gun and defend themselves and their loved ones.”
Rogue municipal federal and state governments tried and mostly failed in efforts to shut down lawful firearms retailers, which they had sought to label as non-essential businesses. Guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security recommending they recognize gun stores as essential put states such as New Jersey in a position where they couldn’t keep the institutions closed.
The coronavirus recession has proven to be a blight to the fates of many American industries and businesses, but data continues to suggest the American demand for guns is keeping the firearms industry not only alive, but thriving.
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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