There’s Nothing Depressing About Americans Buying Guns

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by Gabriella Hoffman, Townhall:

Just before our Independence Day celebration, British journalist Piers Morgan took to Twitter to complain about surging firearms sales here.

He tweeted, “BREAKING: Just when you thought the news couldn’t more depressing…8.3 million guns have been sold in the United States since March, meaning 2020 is on course to be the biggest year for gun sales in American history.”

Morgan, who once told Ben Shapiro our Constitution is a mere “little book,” isn’t the only one downplaying this incredible phenomenon. Gun control activists are touting a new UC-Davis study, absent of peer review and marked by faulty methodology, attributing historic numbers to “excess firearms purchases.”

What exactly is depressing about more Americans buying guns? How is responsible, law-abiding gun ownership “excessive”?

It’s wonderful to see more people—especially first-time buyers who are women, younger, and people of color—purchasing firearms en masse. The Second Amendment, after all, is for all law-abiding Americans.

Gun Purchases Made By First-Time Buyers

Since March, gun sales have shattered records. After the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deemed the firearms manufacturing industry part of the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce,” it would’ve been unwise to cease operations. In fact, a shortage of firearms available on the market is happening. This is a good problem for the industry to have!

It’s estimated 40 percent of recent gun purchases came exclusively from new, first-time buyers. In June, 2.3 million firearms were purchased—a 145 percent increase from the same time last year.

Here in Virginia, even with our new anti-gun majorities in the General Assembly, residents are stockpiling in record numbers on account of COVID-19, increased violence, and efforts to defund the police.

Incredible!

‘Gun Control is Dead’ for a Generation 

On May 31st, Daily Mail White House Correspondent David Martosko tweeted “… America’s gun control debate is *finished* for at least a generation. Over. Done.”

Elections could be decided by a new and powerful gun voting bloc, writes Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski.

Gutowski noted, “The record-breaking gun sales during the coronavirus pandemic could bolster candidates that support the Second Amendment in 2020 and alter the course of American gun politics for the foreseeable future.”

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