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Firearm sales soared during the pandemic; new gun owners surged, especially among minorities and women

The coronavirus pandemic, along with the regular protests and riots in American cities, fueled a buying binge of guns across the nation. The uncertainty of 2020 spurred unprecedented gun sales in the United States, including a wave of new gun owners, especially among minorities and women.

Last year ended up being the highest gun sale year since the current record-keeping system went into effect, according to USA Today. Gun sales skyrocketed 40% in 2020 compared to 2019, with a record 39,695,315 background checks conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The gun buying surge has continued into 2021 in a major way. In January, which is when Joe Biden was inaugurated as president, U.S. gun sales soared 60% to 4,137,480, the largest single month since figures started to be recorded in 1998.

“There was a surge in purchasing unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” Dr. Garen J. Wintemute, a gun researcher at the University of California at Davis, said. “Usually it slows down. But this just kept going.”

But the gun spending spree isn’t reserved for only gun enthusiasts who are stocking up in fear of a Democratic president who has already proclaimed that he will sign an executive order on gun control, which would roll back Second Amendment rights. Plus, Democrats previously introduced a bill to create a mandatory and publicly accessible registry listing the names of gun owners, how many guns they have, and where they keep their firearms.

“Not only were people who already had guns buying more, but people who had never owned one were buying them too,” the New York Times reported. “New preliminary data from Northeastern University and the Harvard Injury Control Research Center show that about a fifth of all Americans who bought guns last year were first-time gun owners.”

The research found that new gun owners were less likely to be the typical demographic of white males: Half were women, one-fifth were black, and one-fifth were Hispanic.

Stephen Gutowski, founder of The Reload, a publication on America’s firearms policy, told NPR, “I think it’s actually a – part of a larger trend. We’ve seen this going on for over a decade now. Gun owners have become more suburban. They’ve become less white and less male and younger over that time period. And what you saw last year was just an acceleration of that.”

The General Social Survey, a public opinion poll conducted by a research center at the University of Chicago, found that 39% of American households own guns, up from 32% in 2016.

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Passage of Missouri 2nd Amendment Preservation Act a Lesson in “Fortitude and Perseverance”

Last week, the Missouri House gave final approval to a bill that would end state and local enforcement of a wide range of federal gun control measures; past, present and future, sending the legislation to the governor. The passage of the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” (SAPA) was the culmination of eight years of hard work by Missouri grassroots activists. Their hard work is a lesson in persistence and a blueprint other activists can follow.

Rep. Jered Taylor filed House Bill 85 (HB85) last December. Rep. Bishop Davidson and Sen. Eric Burlison sponsored and carried companion bills. If signed by Gov. Mike Parsons, the legislation would ban any entity or person, including any public officer or employee of the state and its political subdivisions, from enforcing any past, present or future federal “acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, regulations, statutes, or ordinances” that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.

No one has done more to fight for the Second Amendment in Missouri than Ron Calzone and his organization Missouri First. He is a true hero of liberty.

The Tenth Amendment Center has worked with Ron on this bill since the first attempt in 2013 by Rep. Doug Funderburk and Sen. Brian Nieves. It was a pure grassroots effort.

Then-Governor Jay Nixon vetoed that early incarnation of the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Ultimately, the House overrode the veto but it failed in the Senate by one vote. In subsequent years, similar bills ran into insurmountable hurdles including intense law enforcement opposition and Republican leadership too squeamish to take a stand against the feds. The NRA lobbied against it and Nieves was all over them, possibly even tearing up his membership card on the Senate floor in a passionate speech.

But you can’t give up after one try facing off against the largest government in history – and its vassal state governments. So SAPA was back again in 2014. And the mainstream opposition got even more aggressive – like this garbage piece from MSNBC.

That 2014 bill died in the legislature, but year after year, the grassroots kept pushing – we wrote articles, provided legislative advice. They sent emails, attended hearings, visited offices. In the early days, it was mostly Ron leading the efforts on the ground by himself, tirelessly pushing and pushing.

So, where were the big gun groups?

Outside of Gun Owners of America (GOA), the major gun lobby organizations almost always totally ignored these efforts, or like NRA, worked hard to kill them.

But, as Jefferson advised, “the ground of liberty is to be gained by inches…”

Over the years, we pushed the grassroots and legislators to switch to an anti-commandeering strategy that we use here, banning enforcement of federal gun control as the big first step forward. Attorney and Missouri liberty activist Dave Roland was absolutely essential in that effort.

The bill language improved greatly over the years, but still faced an uphill battle in the legislature with excuses and parliamentary tricks from Republicans – and the bill kept getting killed. But as John Dickinson told us “small things grow great by concord.”

And each small step brought more people to the effort, building pressure to get the job done.

Sadly, during the Trump years, most Republicans told us this kind of bill “wasn’t necessary,” despite the fact that the Trump administration ramped up enforcement of federal gun control three straight years and implemented new gun control in the form of his bump stock ban.

But Ron and a growing grassroots coalition kept pushing.

Over the years, SAPA sponsors in the legislature changed. But for the last few years, Burlison and Taylor stepped up and kept pushing. Their understanding of the history and the talking points behind the Second Amendment and the anti-commandeering doctrine have really gotten top-notch.

As more grassroots organizations got on board and helped lobby the legislature, pressure even the establishment – like Missouri Firearms Coalition and the small but persistent Truth Money and Freedom Podcast – they created a climate where even the bad guys had to pretend to support SAPA.

Even so, HB85 still faced a tough battle. There was fear it could die in a Senate committee.  The bill ended up referred to the Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee chaired by Sen. Lincoln Hough. He was reportedly the senator most responsible for stalling SAPA in 2020. But with an outpouring of grassroots support, Hough moved the bill through his committee to the Senate floor.

And finally – after 8 years of trying and failing, grouping, strategizing, building, expanding, pressuring, endless days and nights – aggressive opposition from Republicans, the NRA, law enforcement – and the Democrats – SAPA finally got to the governor’s desk.

But…

The work isn’t done, not even close. SAPA needs to be signed, and supporters in Missouri need to call Gov. Parson’s office at (573) 751-3222. Firmly, but politely urge him to sign HB85 into law.

And then the work still isn’t done. Not even close.

As Samuel Adams wrote:

“Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance.”

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The Thin Blue Line Between You and Your Guns

People tell me all the time local cops would never enforce any kind of federal gun grab. I call B.S.

I’m a little unclear as to what gives them this confidence. Local cops already enforce all kinds of unconstitutional gun control — every single day. And it’s not like they do it reluctantly. They enforce federal gun laws enthusiastically and oppose any efforts to stop them from doing it.

This is a fact that seems to be lost on a lot of people – all federal gun control is unconstitutional.  All of it. Every federal gun control law, from the regulation of machine guns to federal background checks, is unconstitutional.

  • The National Firearms Act of 1934? Unconstitutional.
  • The Federal Firearms Act of 1938? Unconstitutional.
  • The Gun Control Act of 1968? Unconstitutional.
  • The Firearm Owners Protection Act (1986)? Unconstitutional.

You get the idea.

Even without the Second Amendment, the federal government would have very little authority to craft firearms regulations. It can only lawfully exercise its delegated powers, with all others reserved to the states and the people. There is no delegated power to regulate firearms. We find the only Congressional power relating to weaponry in Art. I Sec. 8 – “arming…the Militia.” The Constitution does not authorize any general federal firearms regulating power.

At all.

Even so, under the original Constitution, the federal government could arguably regulate firearms in the process of exercising another legitimate power – particularly regulating interstate commerce. The Second Amendment slams that door closed.

…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Infringe – v: Act so as to limit or undermine (something)? encroach on.

Simply put, the federal government may not constitutionally act in any way that limits the right to keep and bear arms.

So, while you could argue that under the original Constitution, the commerce clause empowers the feds to restrict and regulate the sale of guns, ammunition, and gun-related accessories across state lines, the Second Amendment supersedes the commerce clause whenever a given regulation encroaches or limits the right to keep and bear arms.

The Thin Blue Line

Today, your state and local police departments help enforce all of this and more. And as I’ve already mentioned, they don’t do it reluctantly. In fact, police lobby groups fiercely oppose any attempt to limit state and local enforcement of this unconstitutional gun control.

This year, legislatures across the country have considered bills to stop enforcement of federal gun control. They can legally do so based on the anti-commandeering doctrine. The biggest opponents of these bills have been sheriffs’ associations, police chief associations, and other groups representing cops. They have gotten these bills killed in some states and significantly watered down in others.

Why?

Because they don’t want to “jeopardize” their relationships with their “federal partners.” That is more important than the Constitution. After all, there is no money or power in standing up for the Second Amendment.

Police claim it’s a matter of public safety. If they don’t work with the feds, dangerous criminals will go free. This is B.S.

State and local cops can go after dangerous criminals under state laws. But they like using federal gun charges to ratchet up penalties and as a bargaining chip to force plea deals. They also like the money and toys that go along with working with the feds.

And almost all of these “partnerships” revolve around the federal “war on drugs,” which, by the way, is also unconstitutional. If you doubt this, ask yourself why it required a constitutional amendment to prohibit alcohol nationally. Why is marijuana any different?

The bottom line is if you oppose gun control but support the federal drug war, you’re a hypocrite.

In fact, the whole notion of federal law enforcement is mostly unconstitutional. Police powers were specifically highlighted as authority that would remain exclusively with the state by supporters of the Constitution during ratification. Constitutionally, federal policing should be broadly limited to federal enclaves such as Washington D.C.

But today, we basically have a national police force. It operates under euphemisms such as “joint task forces” and “state/federal partnerships.” The bottom line is you local cops work for the feds every single day. They like it that way. And they aren’t about to risk those partnerships so you can keep your AR-15. I see the evidence every single day as I watch these cop lobbies oppose every effort to stop enforcement of federal gun control and dumb Republicans bowing to the pressure.

Like it or not – there is something between you and your guns – a think blue line.

Second Amendment Sanctuaries

States and even localities can create “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” in much the same way some have formed immigration sanctuaries. They simply have to stop participating in the enforcement of federal gun laws.

The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to implement and enforce almost all of its laws, regulations and acts – including gun control. By simply withdrawing this necessary cooperation, states and localities can nullify many federal actions in effect. As noted by the National Governors’ Association during the partial government shutdown of 2013, “states are partners with the federal government on most federal programs.”

Based on James Madison’s advice for states and individuals in Federalist #46, a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” represents an extremely effective method to bring down federal gun control measures because most enforcement actions rely on help, support and leadership from state and local governments.

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano agreed. In a televised discussion on the issue, he noted that a single state taking this step would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible” to enforce.

As already mentioned, several states have considered legislation to stop enforcement of federal gun control. Unfortunately, many of these have been killed or significantly watered down due to intense law enforcement lobbying. In the process, some state legislators play fast and loose with the term “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”  They move forward bills that address future federal gun control only, and even make exceptions for “state/federal partnerships,” and then call them sanctuary bills.

They are no such thing.

A bill that leaves room for any state cooperation with the enforcement of federal gun control does not create a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” It’s may be a good start. It may be strategically the best step forward we can take right now. But it’s not a sanctuary bill. Again, ALL federal gun control violates the Second Amendment.

Don’t let cops and crafty politicians hoodwink you. If you care about the Constitution, you have to address all federal gun control – not just what might be coming down the pike,

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Biden to nominate gun-control activist for ATF chief and unveil executive orders on firearms: reports

President Joe Biden is expected on Thursday to roll out several executive orders restricting Second Amendment rights and announce that he has picked a gun-control activist to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to multiple reports.

Who is David Chipman?

The Washington Post reported that according to two sources, Biden has selected David Chipman to serve as director of the ATF.

Chipman “currently serves as senior policy adviser at Giffords,” the gun-control “advocacy group led by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.),” the newspaper reported.

Rep. Giffords was shot by a crazed gunman in an attack in 2011. She survived, but suffered a severe brain injury that forced her to resign from Congress. Two years later, she and her husband, now-Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), formed the nonprofit group now known as Giffords to fight gun violence in the U.S.

The Giffords organization argues that “strong gun laws save lives,” and fights to implement gun-control legislation in the U.S.

Chipman’s Twitter account is protected, but his bio reads that he is a “gun violence prevention advocate” with Giffords.

Besides being a part of Giffords, Chipman has a long history with the ATF. According to The Associated Press, he “spent 25 years as an agent at the ATF, where he worked on stopping a trafficking ring that sent illegal firearms from Virginia to New York, and served on the ATF’s SWAT team.” The outlet added that “Chipman is a gun owner himself.”

The Hill reported that “his nomination is expected to be welcomed by gun safety advocates and comes as Biden is preparing a series of executive actions on guns.”

What’s the president’s plan?

Politico reported that according to sources familiar with the president’s plan, “Biden will direct the administration to begin the process of requiring buyers of so-called ghost guns — homemade or makeshift firearms that lack serial numbers — to undergo background checks.”

The outlet added:

Other executive actions remain unclear. But advocates who have been in touch with the White House have speculated that the president could announce regulations on concealed assault-style firearms; prohibitions on firearm purchases for those convicted of domestic violence against their partners; alerts to law enforcement agencies when a potential buyer fails a background check; and federal guidance on home storage safety measures.

Several mainstream outlets reported that Biden has faced “increasing pressure” to implement gun control measures after recent mass shootings, but the president vowed long before taking office that he would take action on firearms once in the White House.

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Gun shop owners see spike in Asian Americans buying firearms amid ongoing attacks

Gun shop owners are seeing a spike in firearms purchases by Asian Americans according to a new report, reupping a trend that began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the details?

Forbes reported Thursday that one New York gun store owner says “his gun sales have doubled during the pandemic, and about half of his business comes from Asian-Americans.”

A shop in California told the outlet that “there’s been a 20% increase in Asian-American first-time customers to her store over the last year, compared to the year before.”

Another dealer in Oregon relayed to Forbes that “there’s been a significant increase in Asian-American customers to about five or six per day, compared to before the pandemic, when there were only two or three per month.”

Firearms sellers reported seeing the same trend a year ago after the coronavirus began impacting the U.S., and as violence against Asian Americans surged. But the surge of purchases — and violence — is ongoing.

According to KPIX-TV, “hate crimes against Asian Americans rose 150% in 2020, even as hate crimes overall declined.”

The Hill reported that the issue is boiling over in Congress, after being ratcheted up this week after eight people — six of whom were Asian American women — were gunned down allegedly by a white male in Atlanta, Georgia.

Officials have not ruled out the possibility that the murders were a hate crime, but questions loom over the motivation of the suspect who is purportedly a sex addict targeting massage parlors over the “shame” of his addiction.

Several Democratic politicians have pointed to the tragedy as an example for why the U.S. should implement further gun control laws. Folks on the other side of the argument say the spike in violence is why Asian Americans should utilize their Second Amendment rights.

Competitive shooter and Second Amendment activist Chris Cheng told Bearing Arms in the wake of the Atlanta tragedy and other attacks against Asian Americans that he is encouraged to see the evidence that more members of his community are arming themselves.

“It’s a mindset,” Cheng said. “It’s an attitude. It’s a philosophy and a set of values that says ‘I am responsible for my self protection and personal defense, and I have the Second Amendment right to own a firearm; to defend myself, to protect my family and protect my community.”

Cheng asserted, “That rooftop Korean mentality is making a comeback,” referring to “rooftop Koreans” who protected their businesses during the 1992 Los Angeles riots following the beating of Rodney King.

“It’s surging throughout the Asian American community and spurring, at minimum, conversations about whether an Asian decides to purchase a firearm,” he continued. “And then, of course, many Asian Americans are taking that step of going to the gun store and purchasing their very first firearm, and I applaud that.”

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South Carolina advances ‘open carry with training’ bill

“Open carry” legislation is progressing in South Carolina after the state House approved a bill to let concealed weapons permit-holders carry handguns openly in public.

The bill passed 82-33, mostly along party lines, with the Republican majority carrying it through, the Post and Courier reported. It would implement “open carry with training,” a compromise between gun control supporters and staunch believers in the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Bobby Cox (R), said 45 states have some form of open carry law and his bill “will bring us in line with the rest of the country.”

“We have to do better, and we are doing better,” Cox said. “This is sending a message that these legislators and myself stand with the citizens of South Carolina to protect our constitutional freedoms.”

Democrats warned that open carry policies could have an adverse affect on black South Carolinians, who might be profiled by police for openly wielding firearms.

“This does not support or help people who look like me,” state Rep. Jermaine Johnson (D) said, noting that he is a 6-foot-7-inch, 285-pound black man. “If I end up in somebody’s body bag or someone’s morgue, I want you to think about the way you voted today.”

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford (D) offered an amendment to prohibit the police from detaining someone just because they are openly carrying a gun, but the House voted down that amendment.

State law enforcement officials are opposed to the bill, believing police lives may be put in danger if anyone can openly carry a handgun.

The bill now heads to the state Senate, where historically gun rights bills have faced opposition. However, Republicans expanded their Senate majority in the 2020 election and the newly elected lawmakers are excited to fulfill their campaign promises by advancing gun rights.

“I think there’s a renewed energy within the caucus to do something about it, and certainly some of us who flipped seats in no small part based on issues like this are going to be pretty vocal about it,” freshman state Sen. Josh Kimbrell (R) told the Post and Courier.

Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey (R) said he supports the bill but would not say if the Senate would consider it before the end of the current legislative session.

A spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said the governor would sign the bill if it passes through the legislature.

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Rep. Lauren Boebert fires back at criticism for having guns displayed in background of Zoom call: ‘These are ready for use’

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) is hitting out at critics who mocked her for her Zoom conference background.

Boebert virtually appeared at a House Natural Resources Committee meeting on Thursday, where she was seen sitting in front of a display of guns on a bookshelf in her home.

What are the details?

According to Business Insider, critics mocked the freshman lawmaker for what they said was the guns’ “unsafe” storage, but she fought back, stating, “These are ready for use.”

During the meeting Thursday, Boebert slammed the House Natural Resources Committee rule prohibiting firearms in its hearing room.

“This rule is absurd and discriminative,” she said during the Zoom call. “This is a blatant violation of our constitutional rights.”

She also requested the committee issue her “personal security detail” if the committee insisted on upholding the rule.

“I would like to request at this time personal security detail that the chairman pays for himself, for every time I’m stepping into the committee room,” she said. “If this is passed, the chairman is trying to take responsibility for my personal safety while stripping away my Second Amendment rights.”

Ultimately, the House Natural Resources Committee upheld the ban.

The outlet reported, “Per a 1967 regulation, Congress members are allowed to keep guns in their offices and transport them around the Capitol complex. However, there are some executions, including on the House and Senate floors. In recent weeks, Republican lawmakers, including Boebert, have touted [sic] the regulation and opposed what they perceive as restrictions to it.”

A Democratic spokesperson told the outlet, “As far as we’re concerned, we’re not doing anything new here. We’re restating existing policy.”

What did people say about her background?

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) mocked Boebert on Thursday over her “gun fetish.”

“Here’s the reality, if someone wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a Zoom backdrop in their private life, they can do it. But this is our hearing room. And at some point, we will get past the COVID epidemic and we’ll all start showing up in person. And our safety and our ability to conduct business civilly without feeling threatened is a relevant consideration, unfortunately,” he said during the hearing.

Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) — a U.S. veteran — also blasted Boebert for the display.

“Let’s call this what it is — a political stunt. I never stacked guns on a bookshelf when at war, let alone on a Zoom in my living room. Unless you’re on patrol in Afghanistan, this is the right way to store a gun,” Crow said in a tweet with a picture of a gun safe.

On Twitter, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) added, “I always thought my dirty dishes piled up and accumulating bacteria were the most dangerous thing in a Zoom background.”

The move garnered substantial criticism elsewhere on social media, where Boebert fired back at a commenter who panned her for “unsafe gun storage.”

“Who says this is storage? These are ready for use,” she wrote.

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Gun sales continue to soar at record highs in August as riots rage on

As violent riots continue to rage on in communities across the country, Americans have continued to arm up at record-setting levels.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday that the U.S. saw more gun sales in August 2020 than any other August since the FBI has been logging data on the subject. According to the outlet’s analysis of FBI background check data, there were at least 1.6 million firearm purchases during the past month, a 57% increase compared to August of last year.

The outlet noted that just two other years — 2016 and 2019 — saw gun sales top 1 million in August, and sales in those months were still well under the totals from August 2020.

The record-setting month continues the trend for this year, as Americans have stocked up on firearms amid the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide movement to defund police departments.

March 2020 saw the most single-month gun sales ever recorded, and every month since has topped year-over-year totals. In July, some retailers reported that they were running out of stock.

On Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported that 2020 gun sales in America have already topped 2019 levels, with four months still to go in the year. Amazingly, among the nearly 15 million gun sales recorded this year are an estimated 5 million from first-time gun buyers.

A gun safety instructor recently told the Free Beacon that he has never seen more interest in firearms.

“In 15 years of teaching firearm safety, I have never seen a higher level of interest in guns,” said Rick Ector, whose firearms training academy is based in Detroit, Michigan. “I do not need to advertise, and my phone is constantly ringing.”

Ector added that the sales are likely driven by a combination of factors, including the pandemic, economic shutdowns, and violence in the streets in places like Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“Any single issue by itself would lead to an increase of people buying guns,” he said. “We have all four factors ‘in play’ and the run on guns is no surprise to me.”

As a side note, to get its numbers, the Free Beacon takes the total background checks performed, as reported by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and subtracts checks from the count that were coded for non-gun sales.

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Report: Trump Ramps Up Enforcement of Federal Gun Control for Third Straight Year

“At my direction, the DOJ banned bump stocks. Last year we prosecuted a record number of firearms offenses.”

During a public appearance in 2019, President Donald Trump proudly reminded us about his gun control credentials, bragging that his administration implemented new gun control and has conducted more enforcement actions than anyone in history. 

The president didn’t back off his commitment to enforcing gun laws in 2019. For the third straight year, the Trump administration has ramped up enforcement of unconstitutional federal gun control, according to the latest data released by the ATF.

Last year, the ATF investigated 35,790 firearms cases. That was on par with the 35,839 firearms cases the agency investigated in 2018. This after the ATF significantly increased the number of cases it pursued during Trump’s first year in office.

In 2016, the final year of the Obama administration, the ATF investigated 31,853 firearms cases. During Trump’s first year, the agency investigated 35,302. That was 3,349 more firearms cases than under Obama, a 10.81 percent increase. (See Footnote 1)

Cases Recommended for Prosecution

The big jump we saw in 2019 was in the number of cases recommended for prosecution.

Last year, the ATF  recommended 11,319 cased for prosecution. That compares with 10,691 cases recommended for prosecution in 2018, a 5.9 percent increase year-on-year. This continues an upward trend in prosecutions we’ve seen going back to the Obama years.

  • 2019 – 11,319
  • 2018 – 10,691
  • 2017 – 9,591
  • 2016 – 8,805
  • 2015 – 7,516
  • 2014 – 7,577

Since Trump has been in the White House, the number of cases recommended for prosecution has increased by 28.6 percent.

Indicted cases

The number of cases leading to indictment also went up significantly last year. The ATF got indictments in 8,360 cases last year compared to 7,630 in 2018. In all, the feds indicted 12,441 defendants last year.

  • 2019 – 8,360
  • 2018 – 7,630
  • 2017 – 7,137
  • 2016 – 6,357
  • 2015 – 5,503
  • 2014 – 5,310

Convicted cases

The number of cases leading to a conviction was up 20.4 percent year on year. In 2019, the ATF tallied 6,887 convicted cases compared with 5,485 the year before. In total, the federal government convicted 9,773 defendants in cases brought by the ATF.

  • 2019 – 6,887
  • 2018 – 5,485
  • 2017 – 6,068
  • 2016 – 5,517
  • 2015 – 4,031
  • 2014 – 4,482

The ATF also investigates arson, cases involving explosives, and alcohol and tobacco cases, but these make up a small percentage of the total. Under Trump, 92 percent of the cases investigated by the ATF have involved firearms. It was slightly less under Obama – 90 percent.

ATF enforcement of federal gun laws under Trump in year one increased at roughly the same trajectory as it did during the last three years of Obama’s second term and it has continued at roughly the same pace since. In other words, the NRA-backed, GOP protector of the Second Amendment has been no better than the Democratic Party gun-grabber.

And Trump did something even Obama didn’t do. He instituted new federal gun control with the implementation of a “bump-stock” ban. He has also suggested he might impose a similar ban on firearm “silencers.”

Some might argue it would have been worse if Hillary Clinton had won. Perhaps. But if you support the Second Amendment, don’t you find it problematic that the president who’s supposed to be the good guy continues to ratchet up enforcement of existing unconstitutional federal laws?

A true supporter of the right to keep and bear arms would do better.

And make no mistake; all federal gun control laws are unconstitutional.

Even among the strongest supporters of “gun rights,” most hold the view that the Second Amendment allows for “reasonable” federal regulation of firearms. But as originally understood, the Second Amendment includes no such exceptions. Constitutionally speaking, the federal government should not regulate the manufacture or private ownership of firearms.

At all.

There wasn’t an asterisk after “shall not be infringed.” No terms and conditions apply.

The bottom line is we can’t trust Republicans in Washington D.C. to uphold the Second Amendment. Unfortunately, it appears we have the same problem with Republicans in state legislatures as well.

When Barack Obama was president, Republicans in state legislatures introduced dozens of bills to nullify federal gun control by refusing to help with federal enforcement. After Trump won the White House, those efforts virtually stopped, even though not one single federal gun control law has been repealed.

During the last two years of the Obama administration, there were more than 50 bills directly pushing back against federal gun control introduced in 22 states. During the four state legislative sessions since the Trump administration took over, the number of bills dropped by more than half and the number of states nearly did too.

Not only that, the bills that were filed after Trump took office didn’t go anywhere. Governors signed five bills into law directly taking on federal gun control during the last two Obama years. Since then – zero.

If you didn’t know better, you’d think there weren’t any more threats the right to keep and bear arms. And yet the federal gun control acts of 1934, 1968 and 1986, along with other various laws violating the Second Amendment, remain on the books. And they’re still being enforced by the feds just as aggressively as they were when Obama was president.

By and large, Republicans use the Second Amendment as a campaign prop, but they do very little to actually stop the federal government from infringing on your right to keep and bear arms. They barely hold the line on new gun control and they don’t do anything to challenge the unconstitutional laws already on the books.

Footnote 1

All enforcement statistics were taken from the following ATF Fact Sheets

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Footnote 2

These numbers include all cases investigated by the ATF, including arson, explosives, and alcohol and tobacco. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, approximately 92 percent of the ATF cases investigated involved firearms. In 2016, 90 percent of the cases were firearms-related.

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MSM Outlets Are “Angry” The Lost Control Of The Gun Control Narrative

At least one major mainstream media outlet, the LA Times, has been reportedly “angry” that gun sales have shot up because of the tyrannical takeover of government in response to the COVID-19 panic they induced. Apparently, fear can have effects on the public that the MSM and government do no want – more self-reliance.

According to a report by Big League Politics, the LA Times is “throwing a fit” that other humans are buying weapons to defend themselves against the obvious tyranny.  Remember, this follows their theme.  The more dependent you are on them and the system they set up against you, the easier you will be to control. Taking your self-defense into your own hands was never a part of their plans. In fact, the LA Times editorial board described the increase in gun sales as follows:

Since the start of the pandemic, Americans are buying more guns. The FBI says it conducted a record 3.7 million background checks for would-be gun buyers, a loose proxy for firearm sales, in March as lockdown orders spread across the nation. In April the checks dropped to 2.9 million but rebounded to 3.1 million in May. The monthly average for 2019 — itself a record year for background checks — was 2.4 million. So even as we get fresh studies connecting possession of firearms with increased risk of gun violence, accidental shootings (usually by children) and suicides, we are adding more firearms to the nation’s already numbingly large privately owned arsenal of some 300 million guns (no reliable count is available) owned by about a third of the population. -LA Times

The board goes on to say that this amount of gun sales can be considered “madness.”

Breitbart News reported Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting’s chief economist Jurgen Brauer noted “the ratio of handguns to long-gun sold…[set] a new record of 1.94” in April. That ratio “[broke] the previous high of 1.84 set just one month ago.” The uptick in handgun purchases are indicative of a populace feeling like an extra layer of self-defense in warranted.

I’ve often suggested stocking up on three metals: gold, silver, and lead.

 

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Florida mayor declares state of emergency, issues temporary ban on sale and public possession of firearms

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James
issued a declaration of state of local emergency on Sunday, banning the sale of firearms and ammunition due to the George Floyd protests taking place in the Florida area.

What are the details?

In his Sunday proclamation, James wrote, “There is reason to believe that there exists a clear and present danger of a riot or other general public disorder.”

As such, the declaration expressly states that the sale of firearms is prohibited.

“The following acts shall be prohibited throughout the City during the State of Local Emergency,” a portion of the proclamation reads. Those acts include “The sale of, or offer to sell, with or without consideration, any ammunition or gun or other firearm of any size of description.”

“The intentional display by or in any store or shop of any ammunition or gun or other firearm of any size of description” is also banned, as well as “[t]he intentional possession in a public place of a firearm by any person, except a duly authorized law enforcement official or person in military service acting in the official performance of her or his duty.”

The declaration also stipulates that the city is under curfew for 72 hours following the proclamation, and retailers also cannot sell alcoholic beverages during the 72 hours of declared local emergency. The curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

What else?

On Monday, James defended the proclamation, and WPEC-TV reported that he plans to ask the city commission for an extension on the declaration.

In a statement, he said, “The public’s safety is my top priority, especially during this time of great unrest in cities nationwide.”

You can read the city’s full Declaration of Emergency below.

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Joe Biden: Cops should be retrained to shoot attackers in the leg

During a meeting with black leaders, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden suggested that one way for law enforcement to reduce potential fatalities would be to retrain police to shoot attackers in the leg.

He said what?

Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed a meeting of black community leaders Monday at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware. He was there to discuss race relations and police brutality and to address the protests and riots that surged over the weekend following the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

As he delivered his address, he offered what he thought would be a good way for the police to decrease the number of fatalities that occur on their watch: Tell cops to aim for the lower extremities.

Biden suggested that law enforcement retrain their officers that when an “unarmed attacker” is coming at them with a “knife or something” — which would make the attacker not “unarmed” — they should stop aiming for center mass.

He told the crowd that he saw “a lot of different things that can change” when it comes to police training, and he vowed that in his first 100 days as president, he would create an oversight board to examine how cops are trained.

One of his first suggested changes apparently would be “the idea that instead of standing there and teaching a cop when there’s an unarmed person coming at him with a knife or something to shoot him in the leg instead of in the heart.”

Isn’t that a bad idea?

The advice to shoot a suspect in the leg rather than center mass has always been considered a bad idea, as National Review’s Dan McLaughlin pointed out:

Firing a gun is always potentially deadly force. You shoot for center mass, to kill, or you don’t shoot at all. If you’re not prepared to kill someone, you should not even point a loaded gun at them, much less fire it. If you don’t have grounds to shoot to kill, you don’t have grounds to shoot.

There are all kinds of things that can go wrong by trying to shoot to wound, because most people are not expert marksmen, and even expert marksmen do not have the greatest of aim in chaotic circumstances. You can miss, and the person you’re shooting at isn’t stopped. You can miss, and hit and kill an innocent bystander. You can hit someone in an artery, and they bleed to death. You can be thinking “shoot to wound,” but the second radio car responding to the scene rolls out thinking “firefight in progress” and opens both barrels.

This joins Biden’s other controversial firearms advice.

In February 2013, he told Field & Stream that a shotgun is superior to an AR-15 for home defense because, “my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.”

And that same month, Biden said during a Facebook chat that he advised his wife to fire a couple rounds from a shotgun into the air from their house’s porch if she ever felt her security was being threatened, an act that would possibly land Mrs. Biden in jail U.S. News & World Report said.

“I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,'” Biden stated.

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While The Masses Panicked Over A Virus: U.S. House Wrote A Bill Will Ban “Assault Weapons”

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While the majority of the country has been laser-focused on the coronavirus, stocking up on decades worth of toilet paper, and  mass purchasing Clorox wipes, the United States House of Representative wrote a bill that will ban “assault weapons.”

Representative Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, introduced H.R. 5717 on January 30, which would, among other items, ban the purchasing and possession of assault weapons, according to USA Today. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced in February the Senate version of the bill, S.3254.  Not long after, the coronavirus hype was all over mainstream media burying the news of this draconian legislation.

The legislation introduced a variety of reforms with the intent to “end the epidemic of gun violence and build safer communities by strengthening Federal firearms laws and supporting gun violence research, intervention, and prevention initiatives.”

It would require state law enforcement authorities to be notified when a background check is denied and mandate the attorney general to issue an annual report to Congress detailing the number of background check denials.

It would also necessitate all firearm owners to obtain a federal firearms owner’s license, although purchases made before the enactment of the bill are exempt.

And the bill, as correctly stated by the Military Arms Channel, would make it illegal “to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.” –USA Today

The bill defines a semiautomatic assault weapon as any firearm with the capability to “accept a detachable magazine” and either a pistol grip, forward grip, grenade launcher, barrel shroud, threaded barrel or a folding, telescoping or detachable stock.

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The government is, of course, exempted from the assault weapons ban. Law-enforcement officers (and other state agents) can possess these firearms as can those who are providing security at nuclear energy facilities. Firearms that are “manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action,” have “been rendered permanently inoperable” or are antique are exempt from the ban as well.

Neither bill has passed, and it would still be needing President Donald Trump’s signature to become law. However, we thought it important to let you all know what’s going on behind the screens while we direct our attention to a viral outbreak. If you thought things were totalitarian now, just wait…it could get much uglier.

Police forces across the United States have been transformed into extensions of the military. Our towns and cities have become battlefields, and we the American people are now the enemy combatants to be spied on tracked, frisked, and searched. For those who resist, the consequences can be a one-way trip to jail or even death. Battlefield America: The War on the American People is constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead’s terrifying portrait of a nation at war with itself. In exchange for safe schools and lower crime rates, we have opened the doors to militarized police, zero-tolerance policies in schools, and SWAT team raids. The insidious shift was so subtle that most of us had no idea it was happening. This follow-up to Whitehead’s award-winning A Government of Wolves is a brutal critique of an America on the verge of destroying the very freedoms that define it. Hands up!?the police state has arrived.

 

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Pennsylvania governor backtracks on gun store shutdown after pressure from Second Amendment advocates

Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf reversed course on his mandatory shutdown of all gun stores in the state Tuesday after gun-rights advocates fought against the measure.

Under the updated order, gun stores in the state will be permitted to remain open “on a limited basis to complete only the portions of a sale/transfer that must be conducted in-person under the law.” The language is likely referring to the completion of a background check, which the state requires be done in person, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Additionally, the gun stores will be “subject to the following restrictions: 1) all such sale/transfers will be conducted by individual appointment during limited hours only so as to minimize social interactions and congregating of persons; 2) the dealer will comply with social distancing, sanitization of applicable area between appointments, and other mitigation measures to protect its employees and the public.”

What’s the background?

The governor had issued an executive order last week forcing the shutdown of all non “life-sustaining” businesses in the state — which included gun stores — for an indefinite period of time. Since state law requires citizens to physically pick up guns purchased online at firearm retailers, the order effectively banned all gun sales in the state.

Gun-rights advocates challenged the measure before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, arguing that the order unduly interfered with citizens’ Second Amendment rights. But on Sunday, the court rejected their request for exemption from the order in a 4-3 decision.

One of the dissenting judges, Justice David Wecht, slammed the order as an “impermissible intrusion upon a fundamental constitutional right.” He called attention to other businesses in the state that had received exemption from the shutdown, including restaurants who were permitted to operate in a limited capacity through take-out and delivery options.

“In my view, it is incumbent upon the Governor to make some manner of allowance for our citizens to continue to exercise this constitutional right,” Wecht added.

In response to the initial ruling, Adam Kraut, the director of legal strategy for the Firearms Policy Coalition, called the decision “disappointing.”

“The Governor’s Order amounts to an absolute and indefinite prohibition on the acquisition of firearms by citizens of the Commonwealth,” Kraut continued. “Such a prohibition cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny and directly infringes upon the core of the Second Amendment.”

Anything else?

Kraut told the Washington Free Beacon he was pleased with the governor’s updated decision to reverse the mandatory shutdown. He added that his team was reviewing the order and considering if any further legal action would be necessary.

“We are happy to see that it appears the governor has taken people’s access to arms seriously and has provided a manner in which they can still obtain them during this unprecedented time,” he said.

It appears that the Pennsylvania governor heard the concerns of Second Amendment-supporting citizens and acquiesced to some degree. The same cannot be said for New Jersey, the Free Beacon noted.

In New Jersey, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has thus far maintained his coronavirus-related executive order, which effectively bans all gun sales in the state. There, Murphy has not only banned gun stores from operating but has also shut down the state’s background check system.

Gun-rights advocates in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit challenging the ban.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court clears way for the governor to shut down gun stores indefinitely, citing the coronavirus

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied a request by gun-rights advocates to exempt gun stores from an order mandating the closure of businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak in the state.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf issued the executive order on March 19, which forced the shutdown of all businesses in the state deemed not “life-sustaining” for an indefinite period of time, gun stores included.

What are the details?

Gun-rights advocates took issue with the inclusion of firearms retailers in the list of non life-sustaining businesses, and argued that the mandatory closures violated state and federal constitutional protections and interfered with citizens’ Second Amendment rights. They brought their case before the state’s Supreme Court, but on Sunday, the seven-member court denied their request.

One of the three dissenting judges, Justice David Wecht, called the order an “impermissible intrusion upon a fundamental constitutional right” and pointed to other industries that have received exemption from the shutdown. An example would be restaurants in the state, which have been permitted to operate in some capacity through take-out and delivery options.

“In my view, it is incumbent upon the Governor to make some manner of allowance for our citizens to continue to exercise this constitutional right,” Wecht argued, making the case that gun stores could be permitted to operate in limited capacities. “Such an accommodation may be effectuated while preserving sensible restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but nonetheless provide a legal avenue for the purchase and sale of firearms, thus avoiding an impermissible intrusion upon a fundamental constitutional right.”

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Gov. Wolf argued that his order to close gun stores on an emergency basis “does not abridge the right to bear arms” because “it merely suspends — temporarily — a variety of stores from acting as centers of contagion.”

Adam Kraut, the director of legal strategy for the Firearms Policy Coalition and one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the case, told the Free Beacon he is “disappointed” in the court’s decision, especially at a time “when many are deciding that the ability to defends one’s home and family is more necessary than ever.”

Kraut’s comments made reference to the national spike in gun sales in recent weeks.

“The Governor’s Order amounts to an absolute and indefinite prohibition on the acquisition of firearms by citizens of the Commonwealth,” Kraut continued. “Such a prohibition cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny and directly infringes upon the core of the Second Amendment.”

Anything else?

For most other products normally purchased in stores, consumers are now going online to purchase and having the products delivered to their door. But in Pennsylvania, residents don’t have that option as it pertains to firearms.

Under Pennsylvania law, citizens are required to physically pick up guns purchased online at gun stores. So the executive order closing gun stores is effectively shutting down gun sales in the state.

“Pennsylvanians cannot simply order a firearm online and enjoy home delivery, or curbside service, as many first-time gun buyers are finding out. Their politicians have been lying to them,” Kraut noted.

The Free Beacon reported that plaintiffs in the case are now weighing an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Joe Biden Lies AGAIN! Says 150 Million Killed By Guns Since 2007

When democrats open their mouths, lies come out. It just happens.  And Joe Biden is no different.  The presidential candidate and former Vice President said that 150 million people have been killed by guns since 2007.

What’s odd here, is that guns just don’t go out and start murdering people. So to say they have killed anyone is erroneous at best and a propagating to the emotionally weak at worst. The other thing that happened (that’s not really so strange): no other democrat or moderator called out Biden after made the false claim in the democratic presidential debates. The Washington Examiner stated that that was because misinformation and factual errors are par for the course in the Democrats’ anti-gun narrative.

The United States government, of which Biden is an establishment member has killed more people than any private sociopath could.  But if you Google “how many people has the U.S. government killed,” you get unsurprising results, and very few of them.  It’s more than obvious that that information is not available to the general public and that’s because they know we’d turn on them if they told us just how diabolical they really are. (They are manufacturing your consent.) The U.S. military-industrial complex is a mass-murdering machine of war and death, and that’s simply not debatable.

What we do know for a fact, is that democide (death by government) has killed over 260 million people the 20th century, and on a path to far surpass that number in the 21st century.

Democide: Government Killed Over 260 Million in the 20th Century, Poised to Kill Billions More in the 21st

So for Biden to claim half the U.S. population has been killed by guns, is laughable. What’s worst, is Biden, who was part of the administration the drone bombed countless innocent people, including children, is saying the problem is the general public. He’s not the murderous psychopath, that’s everyone else because he fabricated the numbers to prove it.

Anti-gun activists also routinely use imaginary or misleading language in the gun debate. As Adams notes, there is no such thing as “rapid-fire magazines” or “gas-assisted receiver firearms,” and it is not, in fact, easier to buy an AK-47 than it is to buy cough medicine.

All of this is to say, Biden’s debate stage error about half the U.S. population dying from guns isn’t just one gaffe in a vacuum — it’s standard Democratic fare when talking about guns.

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This is R. J. Rummel’s fourth book in a series devoted to genocide and government mass murder, or what he calls democide. He presents the primary results, in tables and figures, as well as a historical sketch of the major cases of democide, those in which one million or more people were killed by a regime. In Death by Government, Rummel does not aim to describe democide itself but to determine its nature and scope in order to test the theory that democracies are inherently nonviolent.

The underlying principle is that the less freedom people have, the greater the violence; the more freedom, the less the violence. Thus, as Rummel says, “The problem is power. The solution is democracy. The course of action is to foster freedom.”

Death by Government is a compelling look at the horrors that occur in modern societies. It depicts how democide has been very much a part of human history. This riveting account is an essential tool for historians, political scientists, and scholars interested in the study of genocide.

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