Gun control losing support as Americans fear a future without properly funded police

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: Isabelle Z.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A new survey from Rasmussen Reports shows that support for greater gun control in the U.S. has dropped from last year’s all-time high. As the country deals with race riots and a surge in crime, not to mention the coronavirus crisis, just 52 percent of Americans now say that they support stricter gun control laws.

When the same poll was carried out in 2019, 64 percent of Americans said they supported stricter gun control. This means that 12 percent have changed their view in light of recent events. Meanwhile, 42 percent say they are opposed to additional gun control. The survey questioned 1,000 likely voters on August 5. These days people can avail AR-15 Rifles online easily.

In addition, the poll showed that those Americans who already own guns are increasing their supply. A full 27 percent of Americans who owned guns have bought at least one more during the last six months.

That isn’t surprising as 2020 has already been a banner year for the firearms industry. Sales continue to climb, especially among first-time gun buyers, and much of this is coming in response to the rioting being seen throughout the country and widespread calls to defund the police.

Firearms sales have already topped last year’s figures thanks to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In some cases, they’ve outnumbered sales from the previous year by as much is 85 percent. The recent unrest has only fueled even more sales.

New gun owners accounting for a large percentage of sales

Statistics from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) show that 40 percent of total sales are to new gun owners. In addition, women are accounting for 40 percent of first-time gun owners this year, and many of them are coming from states that lean to the left, like California.

The NSSF’s Mark Olivia said: “You’re seeing a reaction to people’s concerns about being able to provide safety for themselves and the ones that they love.”

The preferred firearm among panic buyers this year appears to be semi-automatic handguns, with shotguns coming in second place.

The owner of Coliseum Gun Traders in Uniondale, New York, Andy Chernoff, told Fox 5 New York they’ve been having trouble keeping up with demand since the coronavirus crisis began, and another spike was seen after the riots began. He said his shop’s phones have been ringing nonstop and lines sometimes wrap around the building. “We’re running out. Literally running out,” he said.

Meanwhile, PRK Arms in Clovis, California, is reporting a rise in first-time gun buyers since the start of the pandemic. Many of these buyers are opting for personal defense weapons.

After four police officers were shot in St. Louis County, Missouri, a similar spike was seen. Many gun stores are reporting that people are buying guns out of fear for their safety and that they are having trouble keeping ammunition in stock.

According to Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting, 1.7 million guns were sold in the U.S. in May, which was an 80 percent rise over the same time last year.

The effects of the unrest have also been seen in the stock market, with the stocks of prominent firearms companies like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. climbing. Law enforcement product manufacturer Axon Enterprises, who makes products like tasers, has seen increases of as much as 21 percent.

It won’t be surprising to see these numbers continue to rise as cities across the nation actually move forward with their poorly conceived plans to defund their police departments while left-wing mobs continue to terrorize communities. People are starting to realize that if they cannot rely on the police to protect them, they will have to take matters into their own hands if they wish to keep their family safe.

One Response to “Gun control losing support as Americans fear a future without properly funded police”

  1. Yes, it’s time to wake up America, the founding fathers didn’t put the second amendment in for, the bad people in the U.S.A., nor did they put it in for a corrupt over barring Government. They put put it in for “WE the People of the U.S.A,” that wemight still have have a chance to stand up for our right’s, our property, and our Country.
    The criminals don’t care about gun laws, in UK, when they oulawed guns, the criminals laugh, at the ignorance of the government
    One of the worst, if not the worst feelings in the world is to need a gun and not have one, or have one not locked and loaded.
    Those of you who don’t believe in guns, should go buy two, one just in case yor wrong, two just in case your really wrong.
    If your such a pussy, your afraid to stand up for yourself, your going to die, they will rape your wife, kids, dog, take everything you ever had or would of had.
    But guns are the great equalizer, a 80 pound old lady could take down a 300 pound goon, as long as she was smart.
    If you think God will protect you, well ok, but God respects, the fearless, if your that guy go for it. When your in the trenches and you wish you had a gun, but all you have is a shovel, you better be with God and if your lucky God will with you.
    When the guys at your door, bragin how he’s going to shoot your dumb arse,you better already have the hammer back, you’ll be given the lessons on that day.
    The Patriots will rule the day, these protester are so stupid, they have been nice so far, once they meet L-Rad,and the microwave toaster oven. People don’t get it Trump went and stood by the Church, with Bible in his hand.
    Trump 2020


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