Sunday, April 26, 2020

Police not responding to certain calls & release of inmates cited as reason for dramatic spike in gun sales in the US...

via Daily Caller.
Aaron Eaton learned how to shoot in the Army back in 2006 but holstered a pistol for the last time when he left in 2009 and took a job as a technician for a sewer company. That all changed on March 26 when the father of four walked out of an Alabama gun store with a Beretta 92FS, the same gun he handled as a military policeman at the height of the Iraq war.

"Simply put: I wanted peace of mind when it comes to the safety of my family," Eaton said.

Eaton's pistol was one of 2.3 million firearms to fly off the shelves in March, the single busiest month for gun sales ever. The Washington Free Beacon spoke to half a dozen new gun owners who purchased a total of six handguns and two shotguns. All of the new gun owners provided proof of purchase, though some asked not to have their last names published because of potential career backlash.

"To me, it's all about protecting my family, and if a gun makes that easier, so be it," Scott, a California tech worker with a wife and daughter, said.

Many of the new gun owners cited concerns about personal protection as states began emptying jail cells and police departments announced they would no longer enforce certain laws. Jake Wilhelm, a Virginia-based environmental consultant and lacrosse coach, purchased a Sig Sauer P226 after seeing Italy enact a nationwide lockdown on March 9.

"[My fiancée and I] came to the conclusion in early March that if a nation like Italy was going into full lockdown, we in the U.S. were likely on the same path," Wilhelm said. "Given that, and knowing that police resources would be stretched to the max, I decided to purchase a handgun."

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry's trade group, said new customers represented a large swath of new gun sales even as gun stores faced depleted stocks and shutdown orders from state and local governments across the country. "A large portion of the 2.3 million sales during the month of March were to first-time buyers is what we're hearing back from our retailers," Mark Oliva, a spokesman for the group, said.

Retailers told the Free Beacon they'd never experienced anything like the recent surge of new buyers.

It's a terrible thing that it takes a national crisis for people to realize how thinly held our civilization is.

In short?

Just below the politically correct illusion that is spouted on TV, the "we're in it together" radio spots, the reality is that at the end of the day its up to every person to be responsible for their own security.

It's also apparent that many of our politicians just don't have a clue.

I'm not talking the various social issues (although gun rights happens to be one of them).  I'm talking about the messaging and reaction to this pandemic.

Trump might be the punching bag but I don't think any politician has shown themselves to be properly communicating the path forward.

Folks are spooked.

Many are buying guns.

I welcome every new law abiding gun owner to the party.  My only question is what took'em so long!

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