Revolvers, Pistols and Shotguns, OH MY! 

The 44th annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show opens today in Las Vegas. The latest and greatest firearms and accessories for sporting, hunting and defense will be on display for those in the industry. After going virtual last year due to the ongoing Two Weeks to Flatten the Curve, SHOT Show is back and bigger than ever. It’s almost as if the demand for firearms in the US of A is getting stronger, not woker?  Who’d a thunk it..

Anyone who has anything to do with the firearms industry can tell you the last two years have been insane. Just about every brand and type of firearm has been challenging to impossible to buy. For ammunition, the demand has been so high that it’s been difficult to find, or find any at a price you can afford. Fortunately, stock levels improved significantly in 2021, but inventory can still be hard to locate. 

The National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) verifications, the proxy used for firearms sales in the country, was 21 million for 2020 and 18.5 million for 2021. Those number include 8.5 million first time buyers in 2020 and 3.2 million for just the first half of 2021. 

Who is buying firearms is as relevant as where the firearms are being purchased. In short, it is everyone and everywhere. Purchases cross all race, gender, religion, political affiliation, economic status and location. In other words, it is a cross section of the entire country, including the bluest blue states with the strictest gun control laws. 

Why demand has skyrocketed is unfortunately easy to understand. With unchecked BLM/Antifa riots raging across the country, local law enforcement agencies defunded, restructured, and restricted on the way they can address crime, prosecutors refusing to charge those who are apprehended for crimes, or practicing “catch & release” and, using COVID as a pretext, prisoners being released ‘for their safety’, the public are the ones who have paid the price.

Violent crime is skyrocketing in major cities thanks to the ‘woke’ policies of the administrations and prosecutors. Armed daylight robberies, assaults, homicides, larcenies, and burglaries have become so commonplace and undeterred some police departments have informed their residents “be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse or wallet” or simply “cooperate and comply.” What a disgrace.

Less enforcement and prosecution have of course led to more crime. With no fear of the law or any consequences for actions, people can just do whatever the hell they want. Fights in airports and on airplanes? No problem! Assaults in stores or restaurants? No problem! Walking down the street and want to hit or kill someone? No problem! Walk into a store and walk out with bags worth of merchandise? No problem! Beating anyone that gets in your way? No problem!  It’s not like anyone is going to stop you OR if you do happen to trip over the police on the way out, there will be any punishment. You’ll be back on the street in hours. 

While it’s easy for politicians to think of crime in terms of numbers and trends, some saying it’s only ‘x’ percentage here and there, the victims of crime see it differently. They see it as pain and suffering, injuries, hospitalizations, loss of work, money, home and business, and the loss of loved one’s lives. Is it any wonder that everyday Americans across the country have chosen to purchase firearms AND training so they can take control of their own safety and that of their families?  

All of this leads to a strange new reality for the gun-control elitists, many of whom are now arming themselves as unchecked crime is literally breaking down their front doors in their once safe communities. With more and more people purchasing firearms for self-defense, the old narrative of more gun control and less guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens is being exposed as false. Support for gun control is continuing to decline as the support for citizens’ rights to carry firearms, both with and without government permission is increasing. 

Firearms are used to defend lives in this country every single day. For those who contend more guns equals more violence and death, recall those long-buried CDC (Centers for Disease Control) studies that found civilian defensive use of firearms outnumbered felonious use by a rate of 3 to 1, to the tune of 2.5 to 3 million uses per year. It is critical to note that not all the events involved the discharge of a firearm by the civilian. Often, the mere presenting or challenge to the criminal with a firearm was enough to stop the intended crime. It’s also important to realize this number ONLY includes persons who were not performing defensive duties as part of their employment such as law enforcement or security services.

There will always be those among us who seek to take advantage and prey upon others. No amount of legislation or societal control will ever be able to provide for your safety, it is up to you. 

What you can do is take control of your own safety and the safety of your family. You can make a commitment to NOT be a victim. You can use the best, most effective tools available to you. Millions of Americans have made that choice in 2020 and 2021. Hopefully, millions more will join them this year. 


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