Seriously, this is RazorFist. He has an eloquently profane program but it gets the point across. Gun Control is dead. The narrative for gun control died during a crisis of overall moderate proportions.
The moment pressure was put on the general population and they saw through the veil that when civil discourse is no longer civil that they are. On. Their. Own. during COVID and the riots gun sales didn’t just spike… the reached orbit. We’re going to be somewhere between 10-11 Million guns sold in the last 4 months (just going by FBI NICS checks) if July is anything like June, May, and April and all indications are that it is as high volume or greater.
Manufacturers can’t make them fast enough, stores can’t keep them on the shelf for more than a few minutes. Cases that are normally displaying dozens of makes and models with an easy online ordering system for which specific variant you want are barren.
Budget Blaster to Best in Class, guns are moving and a ton of these went to new owners. Folks who discovered that being able to meet someone who means them harm with a firearm isn’t so crazy an idea when the Police are backing off due to social pressure and risk both physical and professional.
In the New York Times this morning I read that the violence spike is because, “When there have been large-scale protests against police, it is pretty clear that some police have stopped doing their jobs, and that’s destabilizing.”
Really? When it is demanded that police officers back off and get out of neighborhoods, and they do, violent crime rates went up? Where have we seen this before? CHAZ? CHOP? Gun Control was certainly working out there, as the Sound Cloud Warlord and minions were handing out scary “assault weapons” in from the trunk of a car.
Gun Rights Advocates have won a stunning victory through these joint events. Not one at the polls necessarily (yet) but a victory of reality shining through to millions of people who weren’t in the demographic of ‘gun owner’ until the last sixteen weeks. These people are from outside the former normal spectrum of owners, they are the “new normal” you might say.
The crisis woke in them a line of logic that ended with a conclusion: perhaps their safety is really in their own hands.
Get em while they’re hot…
As of this morning when I checked into where I can order from there were 27 semi-automatic rifle models out of a normal availability of 928 and 47 of 2018 handgun models. All of which were .22’s or oddball calibers. The only AR’s (2 of 27) were in .350 Legend. The handguns were a little better off with a total of 10 of the 47 being suitable as self defense purchases, but most were high-end and competitively geared with four figure price tags. Not a Glock 19, P320, Masada, M9, or M&P in sight.
If you see it and think you need to move on it, I suggest you do not hesitate. Inventory is moving at something approximating a warp factor right now.