In recent weeks, Americans voted with their wallets — again — and have stripped gun retailers’ shelves bare of most guns and ammo. Between the Chinese flu and widespread civil unrest, these buyers included over two million first-time firearm owners. Increasingly, Americans are realizing that they can’t count on the beleaguered police or soft-on-crime politicians to protect them.
They’ve also concluded that nothing protects one’s self and family like a firearm. The old saw about “when seconds count, police are just minutes away” says it all. Although “minutes” may be wildly optimistic right now.
No doubt many of these first-time buyers resemble some friends of mine. Their family (mom, dad, a teenage son and a coed daughter) has wrestled with whether to buy a gun for years. Watching rioting happen locally with police standing by, letting it happen and not making arrests, proved their “come to Jesus” moment. Even mom got onboard with the purchase decision.
They went out and bought a GLOCK 19.
They know that when government can’t protect them, they will have something more effective than harsh language and a Louisville Slugger to defend their family.
Another family took my advice and bought a “social shotgun,” a 12 gauge riot gun. Of course, the fact that most two of their local gun shops had few self-defense handguns remaining for sale helped them with their purchase decision. And while their favorite gun shop didn’t have a single round of 9mm or 5.56/.223 to sell them, the store still had some buckshot and slugs for their new thunderstick.
Neither of these families bought their first defensive firearms for the thrill and excitement many of us associate with recreational shooting. They bought them to give themselves a fighting chance if violent criminals pick their home to attack.
These families don’t want to be sitting ducks. Like millions of others in America, they can read the writing on the wall. Radical extremists are rioting and calling for “defunding the police” or outright disbanding local departments as Minneapolis’ hard-left city council just voted unanimously to do. Law enforcement has pointed out that residents will have to live with the consequences of “defunding” or “disbanding” law enforcement agencies, but that hasn’t stopped them.
What’s more, now that more ranges have opened, many of them have wisely flocked to trainers to learn how to safely handle their new purchases, as well as the legal considerations of using deadly force in self-defense situations. Learning about the judicious use of force is especially critical in today’s world. After all, prosecutors with sympathies towards criminals don’t usually embrace self-defense rights of the law-abiding.
How many of you know of families who have joined the fraternity of gun owners in the past few weeks or months? Or perhaps they’ve made their own first-time gun purchase?