There is a division in America on certain issues, but there's one thing that unites it: the Americans love for guns. Let's see how this was proven throughout the year despite everything that's been going on.
Americans Love for Guns: Is This True?
American history is rich with examples of extreme division, from the original American Revolution that formed our nation, to the Civil War that united us in new ways, to ongoing civil rights battles that continue to be fought today. But as we move forward from a more-than-tumultuous year, it feels as though America is divided on nearly every subject.
The government’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, the flailing economy, police funding, police brutality, rioting in response to police brutality, gun control, mandatory vaccinations, and increased reliance on government assistance are all creating deep divides in our nation.
But there’s one topic that in 2020, Americans agree on: our right to bear arms.
Throughout the year, there have been record-setting background checks month after month. There are also 5 million+ first-time gun owners. Those first-time gun owners are not white and who did not vote for Donald Trump. In fact, 58% of first-time gun owners in 2020 are Black Americans.
Gun Control ‘Logic’ is Falling on Deaf Ears
Americans as a whole understand that guns can provide them with a means to defend themselves and their family. Gun control groups didn’t even try to push their agendas leading up to the presidential election. They instead lobbied on subjects like healthcare reform and police reform.
Knowing that Americans were purchasing guns and ammunition in record numbers, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris barely ever mentioned their aggressive gun control plan. It would not have been popular even with those that voted for them, even their base wants guns.
And as gun sales continue to surge post-election, the reasoning that gun control groups have given for why Americans don’t need guns is sounding more and more ridiculous.
What People Are Saying
“You don’t need a gun, you can just call the police.” As calls to defund the police have resulted in very real budget cuts and disbanding of departments, some cities have openly admitted to not answering 911 calls that do not pose immediate threats to human life. As protests and riots created pockets of violence, police forces acknowledged that some nights, all 911 calls went unanswered.
“Only White racists own guns.” And yet Black Americans are arming themselves along with the rest of us.
“America is a safe place. You don’t need a gun here.” Riots, looting, and arson took place in cities across the country all summer long. Businesses and homes were destroyed. It’s more than a stretch to say that those people shouldn’t own guns for self-protection.
“Gun control makes everyone safer.” The very definition of a criminal is that they do not abide by rules or laws. How additional gun control laws will stop them when they haven’t followed the ones we currently have in place, is beyond me. All it does is create barriers for law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to bear arms.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
The left may want you to believe that guns are bad and that guns are not the answer, but Americans are speaking through their purchases.
More than 32,131,914 NICS background checks have been conducted so far in 2020.
“These first-time buyers represent a group of people who, until now, were agnostic regarding firearm ownership. That’s rapidly changing, and these Americans are taking hold of their God-given right to keep and bear arms and protect themselves and their loved ones,” the National Shooting Sports Federation said in August.
Gun ownership is no longer a bipartisan issue. It is a right, and every American is in line to exercise that right, regardless of political affiliation.
Do you agree that Americans love guns? What about you? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section below!