By: José Niño
While 2020 is doing everything possible to be one of the wildest years in American politics in recent memory, patriotic Americans can find solace in Americans’ desire to exercise their right to bear arms.
Dean Weingarten of AmmoLand offered an interesting overview of the statistics of recent gun sales.
Last month, a total of 3,931,607 of background checks were conducted. Weingarten noted that the “number is misleading because the number of checks done for permits and permit rechecks has outpaced the checks done for gun sales.”
Of the background checks in question, 1.77 million were conducted for permits and permit rechecks. More than 2.1 million checks were processed for firearms purchases.
No matter how you slice the numbers, 2.1 million guns sold in just one month is impressive. Weingarten observed that, “May, June, and July are traditionally slow months for firearms sales.” In just the first half of 2020, north of 10 million guns have been sold.
All these numbers start making sense when we look at the bigger picture in 2020 — the year when common sense approaches to policing are being thrown out the window. In light of these circumstances, Americans are looking for alternatives for security. Although governments have responsibilities in providing basic functions such as public security, political winds can blow in unforeseen directions, as evidenced by the total assault on law and order the mainstream media and irresponsible politicians have facilitated.
At the end of the day, the right to bear arms is the ultimate insurance policy against tyrannical governments, corrupt politicians, and unruly hordes of vandals. The “expert” class can scoff at lawful Americans all it wants, but Americans’ constitutional instincts remain strong. When backed against the corner, Americans will arm themselves to secure their homes and loved ones from nefarious actors. Even in a chaotic 2020, there are silvering linings to be found.
José Niño is a Venezuelan American freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook, Twitter, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get his e-book, The 10 Myths of Gun Control, here.