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As I recently noted in You’re On Your Own, 2022, in many places in America, no one can rely on the police for protection. It’s not because—at least in red states—they don’t want to protect people, but because they’re so understaffed, so demoralized, so harassed, prosecuted and threatened, they can’t. Realities of time and distance always apply, even with the best, most fully staffed agencies. By the time police officers can arrive, lives can be, and are, lost. Americans, like never before, are responding to real reality:

Firearm sales in October and September were down roughly 12 percent and 9 percent, respectively, when compared to the same months in 2021—a market normalization experts predicted after the demand the past two years. Pundits, however, didn’t anticipate 2022 would be poised to claim third-place honors in the record books by shattering all pre-pandemic gun-purchase highwater marks.

‘[W]ith two more months to go before year-end, this calendar year’s total unit sales are expected to come in at somewhat less than 18 million units, the highest ever save for the 2020 and 2021 Covid-19 pandemic years,” Jurgen Brauer, chief economist for Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) said. October’s total sales, according to his estimate, came in at roughly 1.3 million. In September the figure was about the same, with August coming in at 1.4 million.

‘August’s figures show there is a clear and steady desire by the American public for lawful firearm ownership,’ Mark Oliva, a spokesperson for the National Shooting Sports Foundation said in early September. ‘Consistently throughout the year, background check figures for firearm sales at retail have put 2022 on pace to be the third strongest year, behind only the outsized years witnessed in 2020 and 2021.’

Keep in mind these figures reflect only background checks made by the FBI. Not every state uses that system, and the number don’t account for private sales and gifts. In addition, each check is of the buyer, not the gun, so a cleared individual may buy more than one gun at time.   All of which means the numbers of new gun owners are surely even higher than “official” figures might suggest. So who is buying all those guns? 

In its final analysis of FBI background checks, the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimated gun sales at about 21 million, a huge 34% jump over the previous record set in 2016, another year where politics helped to drive sales.

In its final analysis of FBI background checks, the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimated gun sales at about 21 million, a huge 34% jump over the previous record set in 2016, another year where politics helped to drive sales.

Unique to last year was the surge in sales to first-time gun buyers, women, and blacks.

The group’s analysis said, ‘8.4 million people bought a firearm for the first time in 2020. That’s 40% of all purchases. This year’s buyer is increasingly diverse too. Forty percent of 2020’s buyers were women and the biggest increase of any demographic category was among African Americans, who bought guns at a rate of 58% greater than in 2019.’

Of course, all those Americans buying guns, and truck loads of ammunition– let’s not forget that–the self-imagined elite led by the most elite of all—Joe Biden—are apoplectic:

Just a day after President Biden pledged he was going to ‘get rid of assault weapons,’ MSNBC viewers heard guests and hosts obediently blame gun deaths on Republicans for failing to pass legislation banning these weapons.

‘What’s it going to take?’ MSNBC anchor Katy Tur wailed at the top of the 2pm ET hour of MSNBC Reports on Friday. ‘If it’s not going to take children getting shot, or shoppers in a Walmart, even though that was a pistol, other places, other markets, kids getting shot, lawmakers getting shot, I mean what is there — do you have a sense of where the line is, or if that line exists for lawmakers to say, ‘ugh, God, we’re just a little bit tired of this?’’

TIA MITCHELL, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ‘You know, I do think that the issue of guns, which is kind of one subset of the overall issue of crime, is really important to voters. When we polled voters both formally and informally ahead of the general election, we heard over and over again that crime is of concern from voters in both parties. But we know that interpretation is different. Democrats are more likely to support gun control measures, Republicans are more likely to support legal access to guns which they think can help good guys deter the bad guys. So I think — however, the issue of an assault weapon ban, particularly, is more of a rallying cry for Democrats.’

Indeed it is. Why “assault weapons,” which don’t actually exist? Anti-liberty/gun cracktivists have long tried to trick the public into thinking any gun that looks military is an automatic weapon. “Assault weapons,” are common, semiautomatic firearms that outwardly resemble military assault rifles,–automatic weapons.  They believe it will be easiest to whip up public sympathy for banning those, and once any single class of firearms is banned, it will be easier to ban the rest, Second Amendment be damned.

But Biden’s handlers–does anyone still think Joe Biden is actually running the Executive branch?–aren’t stopping there.  They’re trying to ban all semiautomatic firearms.  That’s a technology more than a century old.

Just how serious is the problem of mass public shootings. Dr. John R. Lott provides the most accurate statistics.  From 1998 through May 15 of 2022, there were 88—less than four per year. Rifles of all types were used in a surprisingly small number of those attacks—surprising only if one believes the media:

Unsurprisingly, handguns are by far the most used weapon. The mass attack with the highest body count to date remains the Virginia Tech attack of 2007, where the killer used two common handguns, one a .22LR of only 10 round capacity. And did you know gun owners are racist? Dan Lennington and Will Flanders at The Federalist explain why they aren’t:

White people own guns — and oppose gun-control legislation — because they are racist and fear black people. Two new studies advance this dangerous narrative building among our academic elites. While such rhetoric is perhaps unsurprising among political pundits or celebrities, otherwise serious academics are now ascribing racist motives to gun ownership and opposition to gun control. These studies are not only based on a slew of bigoted assumptions, but also bad science.

The University of Wisconsin recently promoted a new study contending that in U.S. counties where black people were enslaved in 1860, gun ownership is higher today. In fact, gun ownership, they say, is correlated to the number of slaves formerly in each county. To support this more-slaves-means-more-guns theory, the authors construct a historical narrative that whites feared newly freed slaves, bought guns for self-defense, and then this fear somehow trickled down over 160 years.

I trust, gentle readers, you know correlation is not causation. If it were, the fact most people die in bed would mean mattresses are killers. I’m sure you also can point out a variety of reasons the supposed racist “correlation” is nonsense, among them, gun control has historically been practiced by D/S/Cs, the party of slavery and segregation, to keep guns out of the hands of black people. They were indeed afraid of black people, because they didn’t want them taking revenge for slavery, nor did they want them to enjoy the liberties of all Americans, including the right to keep and bear arms.

There are many valid policy and legal arguments opposing all sorts of gun-control proposals. But academics are attempting to short circuit the debate by simply labeling opponents as ‘racist’ and gun owners as harboring ‘white fear.’ Discrediting opponents with ad hominem attacks like ‘racist’ is offensive and wrongheaded on its own. But employing ‘science’ based on discredited theories or faulty assumptions is a dastardly attempt to foment racial divisions.

Final Thoughts: Interesting, isn’t it gentle readers, anti-liberty/gun cractivists will tell any lie to get what they want? Are we to believe all those black Americans buying guns, many for the first time, are racist and fear blacks? Actually, some likely do, because blacks commit crimes far out of proportion to their numbers in the population. 

D/S/Cs are aiding and protecting black criminals, who disproportionately prey on blacks, and everyone else. Whatever fear of crime Americans have is rational, real, and caused by D/S/C politicians who let criminals run wild and hamstring the police.

As a result, the number of Americans carrying handguns has skyrocketed:

Twice the number of Americans were carrying handguns daily in 2019 compared to 2015, according to a new study published this month.

Around 6,000 gun owners carried handguns every day in 2019, up from 3,000 in 2015, according to a study from the American Journal of Public Health published on Nov. 16.

The number of respondents to the online survey who said they had carried a gun in the last month also nearly doubled from 9 million to 16 million in 2015.

Facing this stark reality, as well as growing distrust of the federal government, and blue state governments, it’s unsurprising Americans, in unprecedented numbers, are arming themselves. That’s alarming to totalitarians that would rule us. They damned well ought to be alarmed.