When government is in chaos and fails to fulfill its most basic function — to protect its citizens — it’s in the public’s own interest to take measures to protect itself.
And that was reflected in the record-breaking number of FBI gun background checks conducted during the month of June.
March set a near 22-year record of 3.7 million background checks. Such checks are required for all purchases of guns through a federally licensed firearms dealer.
The March surge was more-than-likely prompted by the uncertainty people felt during the coronavirus pandemic, which also prompted a run on food, water and (for some unknown reason) toilet paper.
Background checks settled down in April and May to 2.9 and 3.0 million checks respectively, but then jumped to just shy of 4 million conducted in June.
When the Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting adjusted the gross number of checks for those unlikely to be related to an end-user sale, the actual number of gun sales was corrected to in excess of 2.3 million guns sold in June.
The Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski observed that the uptick in sales was an anomaly.
"Gun sales usually decline to low points in the summer months then climb back in the fall/winter," he said. "June 2020 was completely different."
And who can blame the new gun buyers? Within the last month we’ve seen:
- State and local governments approve the destruction and defacing of public and private property
- Local governments do nothing while looters empty stores of their inventory
- State and local governments stand idly by as entire urban neighborhoods are taken over and declared as zones autonomous from legally established government authority
- Local governments defunding law enforcement, either whole or in part, with at least one jurisdiction — Minneapolis — unanimously voting to dismantle the police department altogether
Former CNN host Piers Morgan was appalled — not by what governments had been doing or not doing — but by the surge in gun sales that was the result.
"BREAKING," he tweeted. "Just when you thought the news couldn't more depressing. . . 8.3 million guns have been sold in the United States since March, meaning 2020 is on course to be the biggest year for gun sales in American history."
Morgan has also been a strong proponent for establishing strict gun control measures. Given these figures, you can pretty much bet on one thing: That gun control is officially dead in the United States.
The property destruction reached the point of absurdity over the weekend when a statue depicting the former African American slave and famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass was toppled at a park in Rochester, N.Y.
Significantly, 168 years to the day before vandals destroyed the statue, Douglass delivered his famous "What to the Slaves is the Fourth of July?" address.
The location is also significant.
It was in the vicinity of a checkpoint of the Underground Railroad, manned by Douglass, Harriet Tubman and others, where they ushered slaves on to their freedom.
But if state and local governments feel uneasy about the destruction of the Douglass statue and the surge in gun sales, they have only themselves to blame.
Their schools no longer instill the teachings of history and civics into their students — now it’s gender identity and social justice.
And when government fails to protect its people, the people will protect themselves.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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