Gun rights activists are reminding everybody of what they have been saying all along. Self-defense does not depend on the political party or race. Americans of all political affiliations are rushing to buy firearms, including in gun-hostile states such as California and Washington. In California, one of the states ravaged by coronavirus, gun queues were long and winding.
According to the New Yorker, over 1 million new firearm owners do not fit the stereotypical "gun-toting" Second Amendment supporters. People are genuinely concerned about their safety following the impending social crisis resulting from the coronavirus epidemic.
"In two months, if the cities are starving, they're gonna come out. And I understand that," a liberal firearm customer told the New Yorker in Oregon.
"It's really just a matter of, if things go bad in the next couple weeks to couple of months and people are panicking and rioting and looting, the government and the police will not have the ability to protect us," an LA firearm customer said to NPR. "And that's really the main issue, it's not really out of fear. It's just out of being prepared."
According to the Post Gazette, a New York City Liberal democrat firearm customer said his purchase of firearm was because of impulse rather than panic.
Another openly-declared democrat health practitioner said he would be spending a lot of time at the hospital and cannot protect his family. He therefore decided to buy a firearm instead.
"I'm a Democrat who believes in social welfare for people, health care for everyone,” he said. “But when you start to say the health care system could break down, we're in big trouble. I don't know how people will react at that time."
A gun dealer in Pennsylvania told the Observer Reporter newspaper that they had sold more firearms in three days than in a whole month.
"People who had never had guns before are buying," said Justin Chadwick. "They're panicking, worried about people breaking into their homes, and are desperate to protect themselves."
According to Rob Morse, a Self-defense podcaster, people suddenly realized they are not safe anymore.
"The truth is you never were, you just realized it now," Morse said.
Everytown for Gun Safety tried to push the narrative that the increase in demand for firearms was because of "fearmongering" by gun rights groups. It turns out that people of all political persuasions are genuinely concerned about their safety.
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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