There is no doubt a lot changed in 2020.
Between a worldwide pandemic and the astronomical rise in crime rates across the nation, people have been making decisions they never thought they would have to make just to get by.
And the chaos of 2020 caused the sale of this to skyrocket even among those previously opposed to it.
It’s no secret that firearms are being bought up in rapid fashion.
Reports from the last 18 months show Americans purchasing guns like never before, and the rush doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.
One of the more interesting facts about the surge in gun sales is that a significant portion of those purchasing firearms over the last year are not just first time buyers – but many were staunchly anti-gun before 2020.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reported that 21 million background checks were performed in 2020 to purchase firearms.
This number shattered the previous record of 15.7 million, which was set in 2016.
Even more shocking is that NSSF estimated 8.4 million of those checks were done for first-time buyers.
That means 40% of all firearm purchases in 2020 were made by people who had never purchased a gun before.
And the icing on the cake is the number of previously anti-gun people that are now changing their tune.
The Washington Post did a piece on these people asking why they have changed their minds on the issue of gun ownership.
Shakima Thomas of New Jersey told The Post that she is a lifelong Democrat who previously wanted no part of owning a gun.
However, she said, seeing the violence that erupted across the country in the summer of 2020 made her change her mind about owning a gun, and she is now the proud owner of a new pistol and AR-15.
“I never felt like I would want to own a gun because of the damage I thought they do to people. But when I started feeling unsafe, all of that changed,” Thomas stated.
Karen Williams-Adir, a resident of Los Angeles, told The Post she now owns four guns.
Williams-Adir said, “It just felt like we needed to be able to defend ourselves. And I’m not bringing a knife to a gunfight.”
The common thread tying together all these new gun owners together is safety.
Americans watched as protests turned violent and crime hit cities all across the country during the summer of 2020.
It made a number of folks realize that if they wanted protection, they were going to have to take matters into their own hands.
Charrie Wexler, a firearms instructor from Florida, stated fear was the motivating factor for most people she has worked with over the last year and a half.
“We got a massive increase in women, Blacks, Asians, transgender people. They started coming in when there was all that talk of defunding the police and when people didn’t know what COVID would mean and worried that people might come to their homes trying to get their supplies,” Wexler stated.
Wexler said that for the most part, it was women who come to her for training saying they don’t like guns or even “believe in guns” but that the world has gone crazy and they need protection.
And as for 2021, gun sales don’t appear to be slowing down.
Biden and the Democrat Party are clueless about how the tyrannical lockdowns of 2020 and the liberal battle cry to defund the police have caused Americans to purchase more guns than ever before.
Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert from Colorado recently thanked Democrats during a speech on the House floor for the astronomical surge in the purchase of firearms.
Americans aren’t dumb.
They know that what this administration is doing is destroying the country, and soon it could be every man for himself, so they better be prepared.
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