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More Light Shined On Recent Spike In New Gun Owners

March 2020 saw the highest number of gun sales in a single month. Ever. Almost 2.5 million guns were sold and we all assumed that many of them were new, never owning a gun before, people. This is important for many different reasons, and is a very big deal.

Because, regardless of what is going on out there in the world right now, pandemic wise, we still have a portion of the American government who want to see the American people disarmed. And right now, those anti-gun people are irritated that this COVID-19 setback happened.

This is a massive setback for them. Some estimates have put forth that in some areas, about 50% of the gun buys in March were from new gun owners. While I doubt that number is that high across the entire country, that is still a large spike in new gun owners.

So, let's go conservatively here. Let's say that, instead of half of all gun purchases for March being new gun owners, let's just say that 250,000 people were new gun owners (and it is likely much higher than that). The gun grabbers now have 250,000 more people who now see and understand the benefit of owning a firearm for self-protection.

But, even if there are only 250k new gun owners, it's more than that if you can somehow calculate wives/husbands, children, and parents into the mix.

And, just like the pandemic itself, gun ownership is infectious. This is amplified when a person realizes that a gun is nothing more than an object. A tool, if you will, meant for self-defense. Any tool in the wrong hands can be used for destruction and death, sure. But, by itself, the gun is not the enemy. People on the verge of hurting people are.

Those new gun owners are starting to get that. And a new gun advocate is a very powerful person. And when you have hundreds of thousands of new gun advocates it's easy to see why the anti-gunners have been “fact checking” things like crime rates dropping and gun grabbers slamming new gun owners and calling them names.

This is detrimental to them and I've got a smile on my face reaching from one ear to the next. I go back to one argument that is even more true now.

The American people are not only armed to the teeth, we're the most armed country on the face of the planet.

The United States has more gun owners than most of the other countries combined. The real kicker is when you consider how low our actual crime rate is. If we were all nuts, if we were all criminals, if we were all vigilantes, there wouldn't be ANY GUN GRABBERS LEFT.

Why? Because if we didn't care, if we fit all of the above descriptions and names they've so lovingly given us, we would have eliminated them all a long time ago.

But we haven't and don't plan to because we're nice people who just want to be left alone. Really, that's all we want. Leave our belief system alone, leave our freedom alone, and leave our guns alone. We're not hurting anyone, because if we were you'd know it.

But hey, keep kicking the hornet's nest if you you want to get stung.

I really should be getting back on topic instead of traveling further down that rabbit hole, so I'll end that point and pick back up with the new gun owners. In an article on Free Beacon, they interviewed several of these people to find out what was going through their minds when they purchased a gun for the first time. Here are some of their quotes:

My biggest fear is that our local police force comes down with the virus. If the good guys are all out sick, who is going to stop the bad guys? When people have no hope, they get desperate. And we fear the worst is to come.

This next person is from California and has an Asian wife and daughter. He discussed his fears for them as his reasoning behind purchasing a firearm:

Just walking on the street, folks have honked and yelled at us [for] wearing masks. And robberies are common in Asian communities. I worry about them.

Then we have an NC resident with two shiny new shotguns. A Benelli 12 gauge for himself and a 20 gauge for his wife. He said this:

I am not real enthused with politicians letting criminals out of jails, nor will I be surprised to see crime go up since many police departments are not responding to anything but the worst emergencies. Obviously, this is a pessimistic outlook but, ‘Hope for the best, prepare for the worst,' seems like a good mantra at the moment.

A Virginia man bought himself an HK VP9 after witnessing firsthand just how quickly society can break down when he was a student at the University of Southern California during the LA riots. He said this:

The sad reality [is] that civil order can break down in less than 12 hours and the overwhelmed police can't help you. As I explained to my wife, I've seen things go sideways quickly—and with unpredictable results.

Another aspect about this, is training. The above-linked Free Beacon article also stated that most of the new gun owners they spoke to stated that they intended to get training and eventually carry permits once things have eased up a bit.

We feel strongly that proper training is a necessary step forward and, even if you can't get out of the house right now, you can still get some training. I urge you to check out our online Concealed carry Fundamentals Course taught by our company president, Jacob.

As an added bonus to that class, it satisfies the requirements set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia to get the non resident Virginia concealed carry permit. Here's that link again to learn more.

While not meant to replace in person training, it's affordable and a very good start.

I'd like to take a moment to welcome all new gun owners to the family and say that you're not alone. We're in this together.

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10 Responses to More Light Shined On Recent Spike In New Gun Owners

  1. Daniel April 22, 2020 at 1:47 pm #

    With the “ever growing number” of new gun owners added to the guns already in private citizen ownership, the prospects of total gun control looks ever more like a horse that will never run! Crime is on a ever widening slope and with law enforcement unable or unwilling to keep up with it all, we private citizens need the safety citizens owned weapons provide for owners and family alike.
    There is a sad but ever true statement that, “When you need the police now, they are just 20 minuted (or more) away!” Those endangered minutes are often the difference between Life or Death!”
    “The times they are changing!” The courts and law enforcement itself are in need of
    re-evaluating the circumstances when guns are used for self defense or the protection of others. It would seem that common sense should dictate that a criminals, by the very criminal act they are committing, should have no right to recourse
    But then again, as Ben Franklin once noted, “Common sense is not so common!”.

  2. Anthony Manzo April 22, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

    Anthony Manzo
    Music to my ears. As an American who believes in the Bill of Rights. ay I suggest to my fellow Americans. Join a gun club were you will be trained in gun safety, as well as firing the gun. A gun is only as good as you are able to hit the target. It requires practice. It is FUN and you will meet some nice people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. ANITA L RAY April 22, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

    Great article! Thank you for including quotes from new gun owners. It’s nice to see (read) that people are coming around. Too bad it took a pandemic.

  4. Robert Veinot April 22, 2020 at 5:55 pm #

    I live in New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die state. Gun sales are breaking records here. Many gun shops cannot keep guns on the shelves. Ammunition, especially defensive rounds are hard to get. Some gun shops will only sell ammo to customers who purchase firearms.
    New gun buyers isn’t the only politically positive outcome concerning guns during the pandemic. One of our shops on the Massachusetts border said, in a city newspaper that he has turned away many people who come across from Massachusetts thinking they can buy a firearm and walk out with one the same day.They are livid when they find out they need a Massachusetts gun license to purchase a firearm; that the firearm must be mailed to a Massachusetts FFL who will require them to have a Mass license. Worse, is when they are told a license could take at least several months of jumping through bureaucratic hoops and is very expensive.
    It amazes me that so many Mass residents had no idea that their second amendment gun rights had eroded to such an extent! Now they are finding out and telling others.

  5. Sean F Alexander April 22, 2020 at 6:25 pm #

    Maybe,just maybe the politicians here in California will now listen. Please don’t let Rome burn!

  6. Huapakechi April 22, 2020 at 7:41 pm #

    I wonder if these frustrated gun purchasers will keep voting democrat?

  7. Laurence April 22, 2020 at 8:01 pm #

    Good news! It shows that people are practical, and are taking steps to protect themselves and their families. What will happen if half the police force is out sick with the virus? Times like these are made to order for all sorts of criminals, so it is more important than ever that good citizens protect themselves – the cops won’t be able to.

  8. DEFENDER April 23, 2020 at 4:07 am #

    I like it And feel it will make us all safer EXCEPT for this – Especially if you must actually use it in defense. As a State & DHS Trainer I know most people “think” just “Point and shoot” will work. Uh NO. I compare it to buying an airplane and thinking you can land it with no training. There is a LOT more to it than you would think. And most Permit courses do not Cover actual Defensive Use. So GET TRAINED. For your sake and your Family. SAFE GUN RULES: 1 – Assume ALL guns are loaded 2 – Never point it at any. body part. 3 – Know your Target and what is beyond. 4 – Keep you Finger OFF the Trigger.

  9. Richard R Duquette April 23, 2020 at 4:41 am #

    I ordered a SIG Sauer P320 Air Pistol for Mothers Day for my wife. My thinking is she will get used to firing that and then upgrade to a real weapon.

    I moved to Alabama from Massachusetts 5 months ago and forgot my credit card still had my Mass. address on it. The computer said they could not ship the air Pistol to my Mass address, so I corrected it and put my Alabama address.

    When the pistol arrived, I was amazed to see it was made in Canton Mass. So the state of Massachusetts will allow guns to be manufactured there, but not allow its citizens to own them. Quite the double standard.

  10. Andie April 23, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

    I can’t agree more on the value and necessity of training with your firearm. A great and inexpensive source of first class training is Project Appleseed, a national program that teaches the principles of riflemanship. During breaks, they teach the history of America’s birthday, the day the shot heard around the world, battles of Lexington and Concord. The connection between the two is clear. If our ancestors in our War for Independence didn’t have the skills and hardware to defend their rights, we wouldn’t have an independent country. We need to get in touch with our heritage as Americans and become proficient with our firearms.

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