Something I have noted for a very long time now is that the Left is loud, but in the minority when it comes to almost all of the issues and things that they support. They believe, foolishly, that the vast majority of the country thinks like them and wants what they want, when reality couldn’t be further from that idea.
And today, we see more proof of that in a few different ways.
Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, the radical Left has demanded that American cities across the country defund, dismantle and abolish their police departments, with no real replacements for those departments being discussed because it is a monumentally stupid idea and there is no replacing them with anything less deadly.
This wildly dangerous idea has led people to fear for their safety, believing the push to abolish police is real (which it is) and people are picturing a world in which there are no police to protect them (and no, most people do not view police as a direct threat to their lives. Most people view police as good with a few bad apples, not as completely bad).
So it’s not surprising at all to see the FBI reporting record gun sales and background checks happening.
According to the Washington Post: “The new coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest after the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing movement to defund police are bringing in new buyers worried about their personal safety, according to buyers, store owners and gun experts. In June, background checks for firearms were up 136%, compared to a year earlier… background checks in June for civilians seeking a license to carry were the highest since the FBI began conducting checks 20 years ago.”
According to the FBI, 3,931,607 background checks were processed last month, beating the previous record of 3,740,688, which was set back in March, when the country largely began to shut down and local governments in many places began to employ draconian measures.
The WaPo further reports that dealers estimate roughly 40% of sales being from first-time buyers, which is “an increase over the normal average of about a quarter”, and that many new buyers “are people who say they never thought they would own a firearm and were previously critical of those who did.”
A gun buyer told the WaPo: “I don’t want to ever shoot anybody ever. But if I had to duck and shoot back in self-defense, at least I’d have a chance.” This is a good mentality to have surrounding guns, that just about everyone who owns a gun doesn’t ever want to have to actually use it against someone else, but it’s better if we have a gun than if we don’t.
For law-abiding citizens who purchase guns, we do so with the hope that we never come across the situation where it becomes necessary to use the guns against an assailant or someone threatening our lives and the lives of our loved ones, but with the understanding that it’s better to prepare for such a situation and having a gun to defend ourselves with than being in such a situation and being totally defenseless.
Another first-time gun buyer was a man named John Kingdon, who is a registered Democrat and has advocated for gun control in the past. He told the WaPo he purchased a semi-automatic handgun a couple of months ago, admitting that “if I had a hard time getting police to respond to me when we weren’t in a pandemic, what about now?”
And that is another worry for plenty of people: that in the event where one’s life is threatened, police would not show up in time to help. The average response time for a 911 call is 10 minutes. It might not seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but when one is faced with an extremely dangerous situation in which calling 911 is necessary, 10 minutes can feel like an absolute eternity, and a LOT of things can happen in such a relatively large amount of time.
For most people, it wouldn’t take robbers 10 minutes to go through their house, potentially finding them hiding in the closet or bathroom while on the phone with the police. And if they are found calling someone, the chances of death are considerably increased. Most robbers don’t necessarily intend to kill people, but many are at the very least willing and able to do so if they believe they have to in order to escape safely.
Of course, they would eventually be found and charged with murder, but robbers usually aren’t the smartest of individuals.
Regardless, the point remains that 10 minutes is far too long of a response time in normal circumstances, let alone during a pandemic and a political climate in which police are demonized and have plenty of reason for morale to be extremely low.
At any rate, it’s not just first-time gun buyers and record-setting gun purchases that are pushing back against Leftist narratives.
In New York City, members of the African-American community are asking for the NYPD to reinstate the recently-dismantled anti-crime units – units of police officers dressed in plainclothes who deal with getting illegal guns off the streets – following a massive rise in violent crime in the city.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who is, himself, a former police officer, “became the second member of the African-American community to call on the NYPD to stop the violence by re-instituting the Anti-Crime Unit… This, as shootings for the week went up 277%, 49 compared to 13 in 2019. The number of victims is up 253%, 60 compared to 17 in 2019,” according to CBS New York.
Adams said: “I think that a total elimination is something we need to reevaluate. Right now, bad guys are saying if you don’t see a blue and white you can do whatever you want.”
Activist Tony Herbert told CBS New York that he agreed with Adams, saying: “we have a 1-year-old and the blood is on the hands of the mayor and the state Legislature.”
Violence is up massively in the city, and AOC tried to explain it away saying that it was because people were “scared to pay their rent” or because they just needed some “bread.”
That is an extremely asinine response to a very serious situation, though I can’t exactly expect AOC to be the voice of reason anywhere she goes. I doubt there even is a voice of reason inside her head.
But despite the extremely stupid “reasoning” from AOC, people want safety to return, not radical communist ideology that threatens their very safety with the abolition of the police.
People want to be safe, whether it comes in the form of purchasing a firearm for personal safety, or in the form of reinstating effective police units to battle crime running rampant in the city.
Unsurprisingly, Leftists are blaming guns and the 2nd Amendment for the violent crimes, even as the crimes themselves prove not only the value but the NECESSITY of the 2nd Amendment and guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens for the purposes of personal safety (and the crimes are only happening with this frequency due to the anti-cop rhetoric and the Democrat cities slashing cop funding).
You cannot have both a defunct police department and extreme gun control to the point of banning firearms completely. In such a city, a crime-lord would have more authority than the mayor himself, and no one would be safe apart from the people with the guns (and in such a city, only the bad guys would have the guns).
Everyone wants to be safe. The Left pushing for policies that run directly against people’s safety is not exactly a winning ticket.
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
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