Firearm buyers lined shops in Delaware covered in surgical masks and gloves patiently waiting for their turn to buy firearms and ammunition. One such queue was visible at Miller’s Gun Center. Gov. John Carney had ordered all non-essential businesses to wrap up their operations by Tuesday 8 am. The state lists firearms as sporting goods, hence deeming them inoperational during the crisis.
Gun rights activists note that such orders violate the state’s as well as the US constitution, which grants citizens the rights to bear arms through the Second Amendment Act.
Mitch Denham, the founder of Delaware Gun Rights, said the orders deny citizens the right to acquire a firearm and hence prevent them from practicing their Second Amendment rights.
“We want people to be able to have access that don’t have access,” Denham said. “Maybe you’re anti-gun and never saw a reason to have one until now, so you’ve never had one. Now you don’t have access to protect yourself and your family, and that’s what we’re fighting against.”
There has been an increase in the demand for firearms after the announcement of the coronavirus epidemic. Denham debunked the myth that coronavirus was the reason for the increased demand for firearms. He said the firearms could not protect people from the virus. However, he indicated that people were afraid of the uncertainty that would follow when people get crazy due to mass hysteria and shortage of goods.
Various incidents have been reported of people fighting over essential goods and services. Some people are afraid that the shortage of commodities would fuel violence and looting in the stores. When the looters clear all the stores, the criminals might decide to attack people in their homes to steal their supplies. A recent incident took place in Georgia, where a homeowner shot two burglars who tried to break into his home during the coronavirus lockdown.
Such incidents prove that it is better to be prepared than regret. Some states such as Pennsylvania have woken up to the reality and overturned their ban on the sale of firearms. Others, such as Illinois, have included firearms as “life-supporting” businesses.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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