According to new data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, all of the violent Black Lives Matter protests and the push to “defund the police” that took place in June has had an unintended consequence in the form of an explosion in gun sales.
In fact, gun sales have set a brand new record. Folks are obviously scared that as more cities cave to the demands of the radical left and defund police, removing a lot of them from patrolling the streets, there won’t be resources available to keep them safe.
Here’s more on this from The Daily Wire:
“The new coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest after the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing movement to defund police are bringing in new buyers worried about their personal safety, according to buyers, store owners and gun experts,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “In June, background checks for firearms were up 136%, compared to a year earlier … background checks in June for civilians seeking a license to carry were the highest since the FBI began conducting checks 20 years ago.”
FBI statistics that were released at the start of the month showed that 3,931,607 background checks were processed last month, which is by far the most ever recorded. The previous all-time record was set in March—when parts of the U.S. began going into shutdown over the coronavirus—when 3,740,688 were conducted.
Firearm sales in June were the highest monthly sales since data collection began in 1998: 3.9M firearms sold. @phil_wellesley and Robin McKnight explore the trend, as well as potential causes and consequences. https://t.co/X7ZdI0zP3X pic.twitter.com/WKRchQ07SK
— Brookings Econ (@BrookingsEcon) July 13, 2020
The Journal reports that dealers estimate that some 40% of sales have been going to first-time buyers, “an increase over the normal average of about a quarter,” and say that many of the new buyers “are people who say they never thought they would own a firearm and were previously critical of those who did.”
One buyer, John Kingdon, is a registered Democrat who in the past was extremely supportive of gun control laws. He just recently bought a semi-automatic pistol.
Kingdon said, “If I had a hard time getting police to respond to me when we weren’t in a pandemic, what bout now?”
Another buyer stated that he was applying for a permit because he was afraid police wouldn’t be able to keep him safe, noting that he hoped he never had to shoot anyone, but that having a firearm at least gave him a chance at survival if he were being shot at himself.
Folks, the reality is, we’ve always been a nation where each one of us is responsible for our own safety. It’s never been the sole job of police officers to keep you safe. They do their duty as best they can, but in reality, they cannot be everywhere at once.
People are just now waking up to this fact. And that’s okay. The Second Amendment exists for individuals to own the tools necessary to keep themselves protected.
Here’s to hoping these individuals become supportive of the right to bear arms and from this point forward, fight to preserve it.