Prince Harry has reportedly sold a $60K collection of hunting rifles at the behest of his wife, Meghan Markle, who dislikes hunting and her husband’s involvement in the sport.
The prince began selling off his collection of rifles, which includes historical antiques, about five months ago. He had decided to quit the practice of hunting entirely because Markle dislikes the sport. At least two rifles were sold off to a hunter in Britain, who later learned that the prince had been compelled to sell them at the urging of his wife.
Harry had been a regular sportsman in the past, even engaging in hunting in unusual animals in South America and Africa.
The royal couple has largely renounced most of their titles and privileges, claiming to have been victimized by the constant inquiries of the British tabloid press. They’re since relocated to Los Angeles, and hope to reinvent themselves as American-style celebrities independent of the British royal family.
President Trump has rejected insinuations that the American government pay for a private security detail for the celebrity royal couple, all but ensuring they’ll rely upon private, armed security in order to safeguard themselves from the public. Fortunately for them, American attitudes toward private gun ownership are far more permissive.
Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020
Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.
Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued.
According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued.
Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”
The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”
Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.
Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.
2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.
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