2020 is The Year of the Gun and May Tip the Scales on Election Day

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Less than 48 hours before Election Day, and Copycat Joe Biden is making his closing arguments to the American people. In a not-so-smart move (what else is new), he decided to bring up a subject that has not factored heavily in the 2020 Election.

Oh, Joe… after the year America has had, this is not a good closing argument.

While the NRA has contributed $22.4 million in federal elections it has had little to do with the huge increase in gun sales.

Who can be thanked for this? COVID-19 Pandemic fears fueled by the draconian lockdown measures of blue state governors, BLM and Antifa protests, and the defund the police efforts. There has been no better object lesson on why the Second Amendment is necessary. Americans understand their Second Amendment rights more clearly, and some have begun to exercise them for the first time.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms trade association, used the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NICS) to make its estimates of gun purchases to date. Their report showed that there were over 12 million guns bought in the first seven months of 2020. This was up more than 70 percent over the same time span in 2019. This number likely includes nearly 5 million first-time gun owners, whose demographic makeup are largely black men and women.

Another study shows that many are first-time gun buyers seeking protection from crime and the societal effects of the pandemic. Most notable is that 10 percent of buyers mentioned fears of anti-Black and anti-Asian racism, while many more are in the healthcare field:

“Researchers at New Mexico State University and the University of Toledo found that being a health care provider was one of the strongest predictors of buying a firearm during the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. Sixty-seven percent of people who reported buying a gun during the pandemic also reported being health care professionals.”

In March of 2020, the first month of the nationwide lockdowns, NICS registered 3,740,688 background checks, an increase of over 1 million from 2019. In May, NICS registered 3,091,455 background checks, an increase of more than half a million from 2019. June was the most telling month as it marked the eruption of nationwide protests over the George Floyd murder and police brutality. NICS background checks were 3,931,607, an increase of 1.5 million over 2019.

Another study showed 110,000 of those new gun buyers came from California, a state that is known for its stringent gun control measures, and whose governor made a concerted effort to keep gun stores closed as non-essential during the statewide lockdowns. Surges in sales were also seen in other blue states like Pennsylvania and Virginia.

So, Joe Biden’s shot across the bow inadvertently targeted a swath of voters who, by any other measure, may have voted for him. Republicans have been known as the party that protects 2A rights; however, the burgeoning community of gun owners come from many political stripes, or none at all.

Johnny “Joey” Jones points out that while the “national conversation” around guns has not factored largely in this election cycle, gun ownership will make a difference in not only how people vote, but who votes. A new portion of voters has been created that did not exist pre-2020.

“The conversation surrounding our Second Amendment has been largely ignored this election cycle. Notwithstanding a line from President Trump at every rally, the rest of the political machine, including politicians, media and their organizational support, have completely ignored this issue.

“Why? Because Democrats know they have lost on this topic. Democrats see that the American people are rewarding pro-gun politicians and policies and have left this hot topic on ice for the 2020 election.

“After four years of exploiting tragedies and singling out the National Rifle Association, with nothing more than a less than overwhelming midterm win in 2018 to show for it, Democrats are seeing right now, today, that the American people are moving toward gun ownership.”

 

With cities preparing for election night and post-election chaos, Americans have not only gotten a clearer picture on who is fomenting the violence, but how best to protect themselves from threats of violence.

Less than two days to craft your argument and change a few more hearts and minds; Joe Biden should have just kept his pie hole shut.