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Riots have overtaken cities and entire zones of cities have become utterly lawless, with local businesses getting hollowed out and children shot. The institutions we’re supposed to be able to turn to for defense, the police, have been nowhere to be seen; ordered to stand down by gutless politicians who care more about appeasing social justice mobs than protecting residents. As a result, Americans are taking defense into their own hands, buying out gun shops across the country.
Over at the Free Beacon, Stephen Gutowski outlined just how strong gun sales have been over the last few months:
Gun sales once again set a new record for the month of June, but some retailers are reporting that the rush on guns and ammunition has drained their stock nearly dry.
An analysis of background check numbers by industry analyst Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting released on Wednesday indicates that more than 2.3 million guns were sold in the United States during June. That’s an increase of more than 145.3 percent over June 2019. It’s also up from the 1.7 million estimated to have been sold in May, the 1.8 million in April, and just shy of the all-time monthly record of 2.5 million set back in March.
There have now been an estimated 8.3 million firearms sold in the United States since March—a record-setting pace likely to make 2020 the greatest year for gun sales in American history if the trend continues.
Gun and ammunition retailers are having trouble keeping up with the demand as Americans flood stores.
In a rational world, anti-gun groups would see the surge in gun sales this lawlessness has caused and come out hard against the riots and the neutering of the police.
And while we’re discussing the irrational behavior of groups behaving against their own best interests, I wanted to flag this story from a college friend who recently started an advocacy group in New Jersey and tried in vain to place a billboard ad promoting their message. On the Blue Star Union website they explain,
We started a campaign with a fundamental message that we thought was largely uncontroversial. This campaign was conjured up way before the widespread unrest following the killing of George Floyd.
We wanted to spread awareness about a simple reality – the police have no legal duty to protect you.
Many will emotionally jump at this statement, but the fact is – while we can all have a relativist conversation about how the government and police have a moral duty to protect you, according to US Courts, they absolutely have no legal duty to do the same. This has been ruled and confirmed in the US Supreme and District courts. The two most prominent cases are:
Given this legal reality, we embarked on a month-long process to seek a billboard company that would advertise our message to educate the public. Our message was targeted to minorities in urban communities because NJ firearm permitting policy makes it especially easy for urban police departments to hamstring potential applicants. We could not get a single billboard operator to advertise our message. They all balked.
This is the billboard we tried to advertise. If you had to guess what the number one objection to it was – what would it be?
Is it the overt call-to-action to obtain a firearm? No.
Is it the racial undertones of saying “your life matters” spooking corporatists? Nope.
The most cited reason (before the Floyd protests) was something along the lines of “we can’t print that the police have no duty to protect you because we think that’s an opinion, and we don’t want problems with law enforcement.”