Americans have bought 21 million guns this year.
That's a staggering increase of 73% over last year.
November was the 11th-straight month of record sales, with 3,626,335 checks performed through the National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS). Cyber Monday alone had sales up 65% from 2019.
I could write a few thousand words on why Americans are buying blasters in bulk, but since you're living in this insane timeline with me, I think you know the answer.
Between the 'Rona, lockdowns, the death of liberty, Marxist race-baiting, riots, skyrocketing murder (and murder hornets), and that weird alien monolith, people in 2020 are beginning to understand the personal responsibility of protecting life and liberty.
Even the most ardent supporters of big government – those who believe our overlords are always just and righteous and would never abuse our freedom – are becoming gun owners.
"It really bothers me when I watched things on the news, when you talk about the riots, and the looting, and the violence that's happening," said Trish Beaudet, a mom-of-three from Florida, who recently bought her first gun. "Pulling a gun is the last thing I ever want to do, but I want to know that if I need to protect myself, my family, my, you know, my children, that I can do that."
Similarly, self-professed Democrat Erin Hart has purchased a firearm to protect her family.
"My nightmare scenario would be being at home alone, middle of the night, and just myself and, you know, the boys, and, and someone coming in to harm us," she said. "When things start to hit a little closer home it kind of makes you sit up and think about it."
Millions of Americans have taken that first step toward securing their homes and their liberty. It saddens me that so many of the sales have been driven by fear, but it gives me hope that many people will begin to understand why the Founding Fathers thought the widespread ownership of weapons (and training) was so essential to liberty.
(Training is a keyword here)
It was the Founding Fathers' idea that a government should be afraid of the people, not the other way around – which has been the standard in 99% of all kingdoms, empires, and nations. For too long, Americans have benefitted from a government based on Judeo-Christian ideals that has generally bent toward justice and preservation of liberty, and many have not paid attention to how these foundations and the rights they enshrine have been eroded by government overreach in recent years.
As Alexander Hamilton said:
"For it is a truth, which the experience of ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion."
And as George Mason said in 1788, "the most effectual way to enslave" a people is to disarm them.
The ultimatum? Without the Second Amendment, there is no First Amendment.
That's not going to stop Joe Biden, however.
Oh no. You'd have to be a one-horse pony if you think something like the lessons of history, the depravity of man, or the Second Amendment are going to stand in his way. He wants you to know that that silly old amendment was just for hunting and that when it says your right to carry a boomstick "shall not be infringed," there's an "except" hanging down there somewhere in the invisible fine print.
Biden called gun manufacturers "the enemy" during his campaign, and he's going to push hard (should he take office) to make sure your access to guns is limited. That means restricting you to weapons tech that pre-dates WWI, keeping you from buying anything online so the government can quickly shut down supply and distribution lines, and limiting your gun purchases.
I won't comment on that, except to leave you with two quotes:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." - Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
"The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them." – Joseph Story