SHOT Show: Johnny ‘Joey’ Jones On the Second Amendment and the Changing Face of the American Gun Owner [VIDEO]

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By Matt Manda

Combat-wounded Marine Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Johnny “Joey” Jones is not unfamiliar with firearms. He’s handled more than his fair share of handguns, semiautomatic rifles and more. Learning to shoot a traditional shotgun for recreation might be what has added something extra special for him about what the Second Amendment means.

“Being involved in the recreational side of the Second Amendment, in my opinion, is just as important,” Jones told NSSF’s Larry Keane during a SHOT TV appearance. “It’s not as easy of a talking point – you know self defense is a big deal, and it should be, but the recreational side of owning guns and exercising that right responsibly, that gives my son and I something to do. It gave my dad and I something to do together. It’s going to give my daughter and I something to do. It’s a family tradition.”

Jones lost both legs to an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving in Afghanistan. He’s mobile on prosthetics these days and observed that walking around the exhibits and halls of SHOT Show this year felt different to him, in a great way. Keane and Jones discussed the changing face of the American gun owner and the significant demographic boost to diversity experienced in the industry and community throughout the past two years.


“The face of the Second Amendment is the face of any American,” Jones explained. “This Constitution – the Bill of Rights that we have – they’re for all of us.”

The two discussed that 40 percent of gun buyers in 2020 were first-timers and 40 percent of those were women. African-Americans purchased firearms at a 58 percent higher rate in 2020 than 2019. Asian-Americans and Hispanic-Americans saw similar increases in buying trends in the mid-40 percent range.

During their conversation for SHOT TV, Keane and Jones also spoke about the non-profit organization Boot Campaign, a veteran life-improvement organization for which Jones works. Boot Campaign had a booth presence at SHOT Show and enjoyed great foot traffic of interested attendees stopping by.

“The organization has some real meat and potatoes behind it now,” Jones said. “They provide help in the five areas that really plague veterans the most; traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, addiction or self-medication, insomnia and chronic pain.”

Wrapping up their discussion, Jones made sure to make it known he’d be back to SHOT Show again.

“It really means a lot for me to be here this week to say hello to folks and listen to them…and just talk about how new people are coming in to exercising their Second Amendment and this is the place for a lot of people where that gets started.”

You can watch the full SHOT TV discussion with Johnny “Joey” Jones here.


Matt Manda is Manager, Public Affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation



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  1. We should strive for 100% saturation of gun ownership in America. And it looks like we’re getting there. Thanks to some major help from joe xiden and his minions.

  2. “The two discussed that 40 percent of gun buyers in 2020 were first-timers and 40 percent of those were women. African-Americans purchased firearms at a 58 percent higher rate in 2020 than 2019. Asian-Americans and Hispanic-Americans saw similar increases in buying trends in the mid-40 percent range.”

    My right to own a gun comes from God, not because non-whites own them. It’s ok for gun owners to be primarily white males. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with that. This demographic change of gun owners is occurring because the demographics of the country is changing. Why does America need to change? What was wrong with a 90% white country?

    • Apparently a 90% white country, I doubt it ever was, could not hold on to its majority. Even though the majority was white, the clearly superior race. Apparently that northern european honky tribe lost its superiority and is on the wane.

      Do I have to point out the sarcasm?

    • Ah good the gang raid went well, now to see how many had obliterated serial numbers vs actual home builds…… in about 6 months after a FOIL request

  3. States with weaker gun laws have higher rates of firearm related homicides and suicides, study finds

    Once again Robert Reich is vindicated when he was quoting much older studies that came to the same conclusion years ago i.e. more guns means more homicides. European laws also proved that less guns and tougher laws meant less homicides.

    California had the strongest gun laws in the country. Hawaii topped the list with the lowest rate of gun deaths in the country while Mississippi led the country with both the weakest gun laws and highest rate of gun deaths. “What this project does, is show what we’ve been saying for years: Gun laws save lives,

    The analysis, first reported by CNN, put California at the top of the list for gun law strength — a composite score of 84.5 out of 100, with a low rate of 8.5 gun deaths per 100,000 residents, and below the national average of 13.6. Hawaii has the lowest rate of gun deaths in the country with the second strongest gun law score. It also has the lowest rate of gun ownership, with firearms in 9% of households, the data shows.

    “Gun laws work, and we need them across the board to ensure that felons, domestic abusers, and those with mental health issues can’t simply go to the next state over to circumvent the very laws meant to keep guns out of their hands.”

    Mississippi has the weakest gun laws with a score of 3 out of 100 and has a rate of 28.6 gun deaths per 100,000 residents — the highest of all states, the research shows.
    Massachusetts has adopted 37 of the 50 policies and has the second-lowest rate of gun deaths, while Missouri has only eight of the gun safety policies and the fourth highest rate of gun deaths in the US. Louisiana and Wyoming are among the top five states with the highest gun deaths and the weakest gun safety laws.

    A list of five foundational laws that have proven to be the most effective in lowering gun violence rates. These include requirements for a background check and/or permits to purchase handguns; a permit to carry concealed guns in public; the secure storage of firearms; the rejection of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws; and the enactment of ‘extreme risk’ laws that temporarily remove a person’s access to firearms when there is evidence that they pose a serious risk to themselves or others,

    • An old vietnamese proverb.
      There once was an NVA scorpion who needed to cross a mudhole to sting some french legionnaires in the ass, the scorpion ask a frog to carry him over and the frog said “fuck you man that’s a one way trip for both of us.”

      • And isn’t that strange, while there are plenty of NVA left in Southeast Asia, there is not one French legionnaire…

        America picked the wrong side in Indo China, making war monger daddy Warbucks rich while grinding up thousands of America’s youth to support France’s colonial empire.

        • Yes very true.

          The French invaded and stayed for 85 years proving they were very good at subjugating a country by letting the corrupt local officials run the country for them.

          The French made millions off of the rice crops because Vietnam supplied at the time 1/3 of the worlds rice and 2/3 of the worlds natural rubber used in the making of automobile tires. When the French were driven out, first by the Japanese, and later by the Vietnamese themselves, the greedy American businessmen convinced the U.S. military to invade so they could make millions while using the ridiculous Domino Story to justify it.

          The Moron U.S. General Ewell deliberately murdered most off the rice farmers and their families because they were being forced to aid the Vietcong and rice production fell so low the U.S. spent millions on importing rice to feed the Vietnamese people. U.S. greed monger Businessmen ended up losing money which was an ironic bloody twist to the U.S. invasion.

          Ho Chi Minh who aided the U.S. in fighting the Japanese during WWII was stabbed in the back by the U.S. when they supported the French re-invasion of Vietnam after WWII. Ho Chi Minh after defeating the French warned the U.S. “You may kill 10 of us for every one of you we kill but in the end we will bankrupt you and win the war” It was the old Asian proverb when you are weaker than your enemy you defeat him by “Death by a thousand tiny cuts”.

        • I forgot to mention a book well worth reading, “Ho Chi Minh: A Life” by William Duiker. It is not a book about the Vietnam War but about how a poor rice farmer who became educated became perhaps the best Leader and Statesmen of the 20th Century.

          And a book that is about the Vietnam War that will horrify you.

          Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War In Vietnam by Nick Turse.

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      • to Possum

        Glad you enjoyed the original story which I say again may have originated in Vietnam but the story is so old no one knows for sure where the story originated from.

        • No I actually liked they way you categorize everyone morons and idiots and then when your informed your version of that is incorrect you say it doesn’t matter. That’s what I enjoy.

        • to Possum
          Except my version was correct because no one knows where the story originated from. You choose to believe Booger Brain who is about as educated as Trump. You cannot go any lower than that.

  4. No degrees.

    He just sits in his basement wearing nothing but his sash and crown while copy/pasting agitprop to TTAG……….

    He knows his role and stays in his lane, so long as the bloombucks keep hitting his bank account.

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