Think about this one for a minute:
More than 2 million guns were sold in January, an 80% jump and the second-highest monthly total on record.
According to The Washington Post, the surge is in line with the record pace set in 2020: Nearly 23 million firearms were bought, representing a 64 percent jump from the previous year.
Said one Florida resident who tried to buy ammunition for his semi-automatic but found the gun stores had sold out …
“With the lockdown and a president who is saying things like ‘gun reform,’ there’s a fear within the gun community and people that are responsible gun owners that they’re going to be made into felons just by nature of law.”
According to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) …
It’s common for gun sales to jump when a Democrat takes over the White House. In January 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated for his first term, the total number of firearm background checks registered through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 1.2 million. That was a record at the time and a nearly 29 percent jump from January 2008.
In January 2017, when Trump was inaugurated, more than 2 million background checks were recorded, a 20 percent drop from 2016.
Biden pledged during his campaign to reinstate a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He also proposed a buyback program for assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that would require owners to sell them to the federal government or register them under the National Firearms Act.
In three individual weeks in January, there was a record number of background checks, climbing into the top five spots since the FBI began tracking in 1998.
Why … just WHY does the average Joe need an assault weapon that can kill or maim dozens of people within a minute? Would somebody please explain this to me, for I frankly think it is utterly stupid, and I know for a fact that more innocent people have been killed by lunatics with assault rifles than have been saved by a non-law enforcement individual with an assault rifle. NOBODY outside of law enforcement or the military needs one. In 1994, a ten-year ban on assault weapons was judiciously passed by Congress, but at the end of ten years, the damn fools said it ‘violated people’s constitutional rights’, and it has, despite multiple efforts, never been re-implemented.
Interestingly, but not surprisingly, firearm stocks spiked in the days leading up to the January 6th domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol and on Congress, inspired by Donald Trump and his witless minions. I have seen enough pictures of those bozos with their assault weapons storming the Capitol to literally make me ill.
Today is February 4th, and already just this year there have already been 24 mass shootings in the U.S. But that’s only mass shootings, involving multiple victims. In total, there have been 3,976 deaths due to guns, and 3,026 injuries. Take a look at this chart by the Gun Violence Archive
I have a few thoughts on all of this …
- Personally, I hate guns and would very much like to see a total repeal of the 2nd Amendment. The Founding Fathers never … NEVER intended every person in the nation to own multiple assault weapons that could shred numerous people within a minute. No, the intent was to form local militias that would have the right to own guns in case of something akin to a coup or hostile takeover. The 2nd Amendment, like the 1st Amendment, has been so abused that if any one of the framers of the Constitution were to return to earth and see what is happening, he would be horrified.
- I think that for the most part, those who feel a need to own a gun and carry it with them to the grocery store, restaurant, bookstore, etc., are cowards. If they think it makes them appear strong or macho, they are very much mistaken. I chuckle and roll my eyes when I see a man with a gun stuck in his belt, and then I leave the store, but not before informing a staff member that there is a man with a gun, that I am leaving because of this, and that I am not purchasing anything at this time.
- Guns and gun owners are in the top five biggest problems with the United States today. How many parents will go to sleep tonight with a loaded gun somewhere that their child can access? How many school shootings will this year bring? How many women will be killed by their significant other or husband because dinner was late and he was in a foul temper? How many crazed people will go into a mall or other public venue with a chip on their shoulder and just start shooting for any or no reason?
- Anybody who is an advocate of the 2nd Amendment and who is against any reasonable gun legislation is the problem … the biggest problem … in this nation.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t buy into that old NRA slogan about a ‘good guy with a gun’, for in my mind, if that ‘guy’ is toting a gun, he is NOT a ‘good’ guy. I have zero tolerance for guns, they are not allowed in my home, and I refuse to occupy the same building as a person who is ‘packing heat’. The good people of this nation, those who value their children’s and grandchildren’s lives over their ‘right’ to own a weapon, need to make it clear to all — Congress, state legislatures, gun owners, and anyone who has the power to make changes — that we will not continue to live in a nation populated by gun nuts. Period.