Many, many times throughout these years writing articles, I have alluded to the idea that the Left often lives in a bubble of their own, where they reject objective reality and substitute it with their own subjective version of it as they deem fit. However, never has that been more clear (apart from the times when people actually think Trump is like Hitler) than recently, as the Wuhan virus has driven many people to purchase guns for their own safety should things go south (which I doubt will happen at all).
Interestingly enough, the socialist “nation-state” of California is where we are seeing a massive rise in gun sales.
A good chunk of those people are first-time gun buyers and many of them are liberals. How can one tell? Well, according to RedState, the recent gun buyers are “shocked to discover they can’t just walk out of the store with a gun.”
Why are they shocked? Because the Left indoctrinates people into believing it is easier to purchase a gun than it is to, say, buy a car, or own a dog or get a house, etc. Liberals believe it when their favorite Hollywood actor/actress or favorite Twitter celebrity tells the lie about how easy it is to buy a gun. They believe that people can just walk into a gun store, take some money out, tell the retailer what gun they want and how much ammo they want, and can walk out of there, gun in hand, loaded and with extra clips or magazines in their pockets.
They believe it when Leftists say that America has extremely lax gun control laws and that that is the reason for having so many shootings and gun deaths. But reality is far different and, as I have said plenty of times in the past, one cannot live in constant relativism when it comes to truth. The reality of gun laws was going to hit these liberals at one point or another if they ever sought to buy a gun. They would realize what lengths people have to go (depending on the state, of course) to buy guns.
In California, the state with some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, it takes 10 days at a minimum to get a gun after having filled a lot of paperwork, and can only buy one handgun every 30 days.
RedState had an interview with a California gun retailer noting these situations. The retailer noted that the first-time buyers did not seem to have much of a grasp on gun safety, seemingly having only taken queues from television about guns:
“We tried to look at just who the new firearm purchasers were and we believe that more than 60% of these individuals were first time buyers. I can’t describe the amount of fear in my staff as we had the buyers show proof of safe handling as part of the purchase as required by law. You have never seen so many barrels pointed at sales staff and other customers. It was truly frightening. We had to keep stopping the process to give quick safety lessons. We are adding many more basic classes in the coming weeks and encouraged these buyers to please attend. We hope they do.”
Can’t say that I’m particularly surprised that they do not know how to handle guns safely, nor seem to have much problem pointing guns at staff and customers. It reminds me of an idiot journalist who playfully aimed a gun at his cameraman just to mess with him or “look cool” or something. They honestly do believe gun owners have guns not to protect themselves but to look cool in front of our friends or to “substitute masculinity” or to just shoot at anything or anyone they see at any point. Anti-gun liberals have no respect for guns or gun owners, so they do not realize the importance of gun safety. They do really think it’s basically just a toy, even if it can be deadly, and treat it as such.
But at any rate, for the gun retailer, he saw a slew of these liberal, first-time gun buyers being shocked and angered at the rules they had to follow.
“More than a dozen of these buyers (men and women) actually thought that since they filled out and signed everything, they could just walk out and go home with the firearm. Several actually said they saw how easy it was to buy a gun on TV and why did they have to fill out all these forms.”
“The majority of these first timers lost their minds when we went through the Ammo Law requirements. Most used language not normally heard, even in a gun range. We pointed out that since no one working here voted for these laws, then maybe they might know someone who did. And, maybe they should go back and talk to those people and tell them to re-think their position on firearms – we were trying to be nice.”
“Most were VERY vocal about why it takes 10 days minimum (sometimes longer if the DOJ is backed up) to take their property home with them. They ask why do I need to wait 10 days if I need the protection today or tomorrow? We pointed out again that no one working here voted in support of that law.”
“They really went crazy when we told them that for each firearm they had to do the same amount of paperwork and they could only purchase ONE handgun every 30 days…”
“We had people cuss at us and stomp out when we explained that secondary identification had to be part of the paperwork, as they felt insulted that what they had wasn’t good enough. We have a number of Yelp reviews calling us names and other things about how bad we are because of this whole new buyer rush.”
Again, the Left indoctrinates people into believing a narrative that suits them. The narrative here is that we have lax gun control laws and they are to blame for gun deaths and shootings, so we need more and stricter gun control laws. Those who do not own guns or even hate them agree with implementing these laws (not knowing we already have them) until they themselves feel the need to buy a gun, at which point they are faced with the reality they had previously advocated for: heavy gun regulations impeding their ability to buy a gun quickly and easily. All of a sudden, it becomes a problem that it’s not easy to get a gun.
I hope many of these people who were advocates of “common sense” gun control realize how little sense it makes for someone to have to wait 10 or more days to take their own gun home, or how little sense it makes to limit the amount of ammo one can have or limit the amount of guns one could purchase at any one time.
Because the reality is that places like California have extremely strict gun control laws. Most liberals will never know because they don’t care to go buy a gun so they don’t know how hard it is to get one. So when we see a surge like this, it’s not surprising to see many of these people shocked that the fantasy of being able to walk into a gun store and buy a gun with little to no paperwork filled or background checks done is just that, a fantasy.
How many times have we seen an idiotic “journalist” try to “make a point” about how “easy” it is to buy a gun by going into a gun store only to then find out that they can’t actually just take a gun home with them immediately?
These liberals believed for a long time that the entire country’s gun laws were pretty much strictly placed by Congress, believed that such laws are few and far between and that people can get a gun any time and anywhere. I mean, people honestly believe that one can buy a gun online and have it delivered to their home like it’s an Amazon package!
The narrative from the Left has long been that guns are easy to get and that, as a result, we need extremely strict gun control laws. I believe this is the reason so many liberals say “no one’s coming to take your guns”. They don’t know the gun laws that currently exist and don’t know that much more gun control in the books and we basically don’t have a Second Amendment anymore.
If these liberal, first-time gun buyers want to be angry at anyone, it should be at the California lawmakers for passing these strict gun control laws in the first place. Unfortunately, it seems some did not get the message, if those Yelp reviews are any indication. If anyone is to blame for people not being able to get guns so easily, potentially leaving some of these people in danger (waiting periods are extremely stressful and dangerous for plenty of people, as they might need a gun but gun laws prevented them from getting one on time), it’s the Democrats in California who can pass pretty much whatever gun control legislation they want.
I hope and pray that the vast majority of these first-time gun buyers realize that the reason they couldn’t get a gun quicker or more easily is because of the insane gun control laws in place and because of the insane Democrats who specifically do not want an armed populace to threaten their rule.
“The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.”
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