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By Larry Keane

The Second Amendment is inalienable and there is a perfect storm right now demonstrating its vital importance.

There is a constant barrage of attacks on the Second Amendment in “normal” times. These days are hardly normal, given the coronavirus pandemic, near economic standstill of stay-at-home orders and business closures and now rioting. Local law enforcement was already stretched thin when governors and mayors announced they were releasing criminals and prosecutors said they wouldn’t prosecute criminals.

It’s no surprise firearm purchases soared. Millions of these buyers did so for the first time. Some were formerly in favor of strict gun control, but were surprised by the obstacles encountered when they jumped off the fence and approached the gun counter for themselves.

Karen buys a gun
Courtesy National Firearms Association

The destruction and violence caused by rioters and looters, stumping on the message of peaceful protests, has thrown gasoline on the fire. Innocent bystanders are attacked, businesses built up over a lifetime were burned to the ground and now the calls to defund police departments are being shouted across the country.

America is waking up to the notion that rights aren’t the only thing reserved for individuals. Responsibility to exercise those rights is shouldered by individuals as well. More than six million background checks were conducted in three months for the sale of a firearm. NSSF retailer surveys discovered nearly 2.5 million people became a first-time gun owner during that time.

That starts at the gun counter. The ability to exercise the right to keep and bear arms starts when law-abiding citizens are free to purchase the firearm they choose to defend themselves and their loved ones. Government interference with that constitutionally-protected right is nothing short of infringement. Deny the right to legally purchase a gun and it’s a violation of a constitutional right, just as it would be for a government to illegally search and seize property or illegally silence free speech. 

No Answers

There is a cast of characters, though, ignoring the trends and instead spread fear about lawful gun ownership. The mayor of Chicago, a city with strict gun control that just had its deadliest weekend of criminal shootings in sixty years, lectured Chicagoans facing danger. Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, “Do not pick up arms and try to be the police. If there’s a problem, call 911.”

Gun control governors, like Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, belittle gun owners who take responsibility for their own safety. Gov. Cuomo might take a lesson on accepting responsibility instead of bickering with New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio while the city burns and the mayor criticizes the N.Y. Police Department.

A protestor reacts beside a burning fast food restaurant near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The disdain for the Second Amendment isn’t limited to those gun control politicians in office. Those seeking more gun control scoff at the idea that anyone other than police should have guns, while denigrating police in the next breath. The now-clinched Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s antigun record is well-known.

Biden’s notorious for his bombastic babble on guns. He recently said police should shoot “unarmed” knife-wielding attackers in the legs and once told his wife to blindly fire a double-barreled shotgun into the night sky. Both aren’t just dangerous ideas, but legal insanity.

He relegated his VP decision-making to billionaire Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control groups that regularly mock lawful gun owners and spout distortions and misstatements. Biden also declared he’d name former U.S. Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-Texas) his chief gun-grabbing sheriff who is “going to take your AR-15.”

He also said he’d have the police go door-to-door to collect them. There are more than 17 million modern sporting rifles in circulation today and with defunding police being the cause-du-jour adopted by the same politicians who can’t stand guns, it begs the question just who will seize all of those guns in the end.

Bloomberg oozes contempt for law-abiding Americans who own and legally carry guns every day without incident. He was caught in a do-what-I-say-not-what-I-do moment during his failed presidential campaign when he stated he deserved private armed security because he was “very wealthy.” He also dismissed the heroic life-saving actions of a good guy with a gun who killed a would-be mass murder, dismissing it.

Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

“It may be true, I wasn’t there and don’t know the facts, that somebody in the congregation had his own gun and killed the person who murdered two other people, but it’s the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot,” Bloomberg said. “You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place.”

Bloomberg’s presidential ambitions might be over, but it doesn’t mean his desire to influence the race is. He endorsed Biden and is spending millions in support gun control in 2020.

Average Educated Citizens

It’s important to understand that the “average citizen carrying a gun” is exactly who the Founding Fathers thought should have a gun. It’s the average citizen for whom the Second Amendment was written. The late Justice Antonin Scalia explained as much in his majority Heller decision. The Second Amendment is an individual right. They are the same average citizens protecting their neighbor’s business from being destroyed and looted during recent riots.

The Second Amendment is crucial to the firearm and ammunition industry to ensure lawful firearm ownership. Without it, gun control politicians would have written away the right of Americans to purchase and possess firearms. It’s why NSSF fought for the federal government to list the industry as essential during the COVID-19 business closures. NSSF also believes in programs and education that make responsible gun owners smarter and safer.

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe more than 20 years ago to reduce firearm accidents in the home by partnering with local law enforcement across the country to distribute more than 38 million firearm safety kits with gun locks free of charge. Operation Secure Store, a partner program with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, educates retailers about how to increase security and reduce instances of theft and robberies. NSSF also partners with the ATF to lead the way in preventing illegal straw purchases of firearms through the Don’t Lie for the Other Guy campaign.

These are Real Solutions with proven track records at reducing criminal misuse and acquisition of firearms and gun accidents, resulting in the record low number of unintended firearm fatalities in more than one hundred years in 2019. This is what safe and responsible firearm ownership looks like. It’s an industry leading the way, proving real answers without infringing on fundamental rights. That’s what frightens those politicians who abhor the Second Amendment.

To educate current and potential gun owners about political candidates and office holders, NSSF regularly updates the online #GUNVOTE resource so voters can head to the polls confidently and don’t risk their rights.


Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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  1. The 1st amendment protects no ones free speech. The fourth amendment doesn’t protect you from a warrantless search.
    The 2A is your only protection. Not just guns. If the police show up with an MRAP and don’t have a warrant. I should have an RPG. Or simular ARM to defend my civil rights against them being violated.

    Sound crazy???

    I understand now there is serious talk of defunding the cops. I know that will not happen. Because there will be a “police force” in places like “new Seattle”. Police are not ever going away. That is Utopian thinking.
    Germany had a very large police force in the 1930’s. It was a private police force. They were called the SA.

      • If that’s the same bill as the one I’m thinking of, it only applies to drug-related raids.
        So, swing anna miss.

        • So-called ‘Drug Raids’ is where the most egregious abuses have happened…

        • I would imagine that “drug raids” account for the majority of no knock raids. Will have to check though.

        • The stated reason for the no-knock is so the drugs can’t be flushed down the toilet…

        • Well, there’s always the emergent Red Flag laws. Once someone—anyone really—drops a dime on you the cops will see you as “armed and dangerous” because, well, you got a Red Flag complaint filed on you. And, since you are armed and dangerous that of course means a SWAT team arrives at your house at 5am . . . and the rest is in the movie.

      • That I can get behind 1,000 percent.

        And if a drug dealer gets to flush his Fentanyl, too fucking bad…

        • If the guy’s stash is so small that it can be flushed down the toilet, it hardly justifies a raid, no-knock or otherwise.

      • This Libertarian is wasting everyone’s valuable time. The ONLY way to stop police from violating your civil rights is to make it legal to shoot cops on the spot. When they violate the Bill Of Rights during a search.
        Corrupt law enforcement was shot by law abiding citizens all the time 130 years ago. Or there was a credible threat to do so. This kept honest people safe from the government.

        In today’s world cops are sloppy because there is no fatal consequence for their failure, to check and see that the warrant is accurate and legal.
        An armed society is a polite society. And the police are much more careful about doing their job.
        Now when the so called Libertarians or anarcho capitalist support that? You let me know.

    • Most people would prefer to be left alone. Some guy with a bazooka who I never bother is fine by me. He leaves me alone and I leave him alone. This doesn’t seem to be allowed anymore

    • Gotta get rid of traditional LEOs so can usher in Obummer’s promised police force larger, stronger than the military. Antifa will get the funding taken from today’s LEOS.

      Listen to the Libtards. They tell you what they are going to do.

      Biden is talking about “Trump going to steal the election.” Well, listen, they are telling you what they re going to do. Libs are planning on stealing this election.

      • Yes the dimwit democrats will” keep the pot boiling” until the elections in November…can this country endure the impeachment/pandemic/injustice circus ? I don’t know if Mr. Trump is capable of keeping our country going considering the amount of money his detractors are supplying.Someone HAS tobe able to reach the every day citizens and make them aware of the evil plot .

    • 😀 The article lead-in reeked of NSSF from the very first moment. Skimmed to the bottom, & my Oh My. Not a single moment of surprise.

      @DanZimmerman I have to tell you, I, and I’m sure quite a few more would dearly love if you guy’s would start running…

      1) Less NSSF self aggrandizing articles. None of those, is where I’d actually go with that were I @ the helm.

      2) More of SAF, GOA, and those of a like no-compromise stripe.

      3) A greater percentage of actual equipment reviews, preferably by unbiased individuals.

      Your readership.

  2. Yes, the BOR is there to protect us all from our own government. Unfortunately, as we have seen time and again, the executive branch, the legislature and the courts are all part of the same conspiracy.

    The only people doing anything to expose and degrade that conspiracy are the people in the streets. Maybe we need to reassess our position about them. They didn’t crash the economy. They didn’t place us under home arrest. They didn’t tell us that we couldn’t go to church or send our children to school.

    Maybe the enemy of my enemy isn’t my friend, but he is certainly the enemy of my enemy and sometimes that’s enough.

    • It’s absolutely worth considering. The government has taken our livelihoods away. Restricted our movements and quelled our rights. If I’m going to resist, isn’t this the time? Do I give everything away to be safe? I don’t think so

    • “They didn’t crash the economy. They didn’t place us under home arrest. They didn’t tell us that we couldn’t go to church or send our children to school.”

      Very true. It’s a compelling point, and in some ways we do have more in common with them than we think. And yet…given the chance, they eventually *will* do all those things. Unfortunately, their professed ideology is a disaster in the making.

  3. I am not so sure that joining in the current protests is such a good idea. They are being held by insatiable crowds. All of these companies that have virtue signaled and sent money to “the cause” are now being dressed down for not sending enough money.

    I would rather stand and support other gun owners that have the same vision that I do, we as a whole respect and support what our country was founded on.

  4. That’s a headline that CNN would have…..Gun makers & stores don’t protect anyone but maybe them selves. They are not doing it for you, they are doing it for money to make a living other wise they’d be a non-profit & giving them away like food banks!!!!


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