By Dan Wos
During the 2020 riots that ravaged our country for most of the summer, Americans bought guns at a rate never before seen. Non-gun owners and often even anti-gunners decided it was time to shed their anti-gun views and get smart about self-defense.
Many decided it was time to get equipped and be ready to protect themselves and their families. It took scenes of violence, sometimes at their doorstep, to convince many that they could be in danger, despite the anti-gun narrative from mainstream media. No longer were the anti-gun talking points such as “nobody needs a gun to protect themselves” working to quell the fear that became a real part of their lives.
Many people living in Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and Kenosha realized that the radical left-wing mobs burning down buildings or taking over the cities they lived in had become a real threat. The thought of being attacked for merely walking out onto the street caused a level of awareness they’d never experienced before.
Politics went out the window. This was the point for many when fear prompted a new kind of action.
Often times the anti-gun crowd has a stronger fear of guns than they do of being the victim in a violent attack. The media have a way of turning violent criminals into “victims of society” and law-abiding gun-owners into the bad guy.
The anti-gun crowd has always found a way to portray legal gun owners as reckless while portraying violent rioters as mostly peaceful protestors. But things have changed. Many people who previously believed the false narratives started to understand why guns are so important and how owning a gun could actually save their life. Maybe the gun-owners who they were taught to dislike knew something they didn’t.
According to the FBI, in 2019, an estimated 1,203,808 violent crimes occurred nationwide in America. With about 330 million people in America, that gives each of us about a 1 in 275 chance of being the victim of a violent attack. Most don’t like those odds. That’s why so many Americans have decided to protect themselves.
With over eight million new gun owners in 2020, more than 21 million guns sold and 46% of all defensive gun uses being by women, it’s obvious that the trend is moving toward increased gun ownership. But Democrats in Albany, New York don’t like that trend.
New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin has taken it upon herself to try to prevent New Yorkers from being able to purchase a firearm at a time when they may need it most. She’s decided that you should wait 10 days to purchase a gun in the Empire State. This would be after you’ve waited as much as six months to have your handgun purchase permit approved, depending on where you live.
Assemblywoman Paulin has drafted a bill to make sure that you and your family remain unarmed, defenseless and dependent on government for protection to the maximum extent possible. As in all things, Albany Legislators believe they know best when it comes to firearm ownership, so they are attempting to put a 10-day waiting period on the free exercise of your Second Amendment rights.
During a time when Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio are releasing criminals back onto the streets of New York, Amy Paulin’s Assembly Bill A00449 would make sure that violent attackers remain safe from the people they prey on. Should this bill become law, it is sure to embolden criminals by limiting their risk of victims being armed.
The bill is described as:
“AN ACT to amend the penal law and the general business law, in relation to establishing a waiting period before a firearm, shotgun or rifle may be delivered to a person.” “Establishes a ten-day waiting period from contact of the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) before a firearm, shotgun or rifle may be delivered to a person.”
The radical left has created a fantasy world for themselves in which the bad guys are victims of society and honest, law-abiding citizens are the dangerous ones. If Democrats get their way with this dangerous bill, criminals will rule the streets (more than they already do) while good people beg for help from local police because they can’t defend themselves on their own.
Assemblywoman Paulin, Governor Cuomo and all the other anti-gun Democrats in New York should be ashamed for working to put New Yorkers at further risk while further empowering criminals. But those of us who are familiar with New York state politics know better than to believe they’re capable of shame.
Our Founding Fathers knew that people like this would one day maneuver their way into government. That’s why the Second Amendment was written.
Dan Wos is the author of Gun Gun Bad Guy.