(ConservativePeak.com)- 2020 has been a chaotic year, and Americans have responded by protecting themselves. A report from Stephen Gutowski in the Washington Free Beacon revealed how more guns were purchased this year than at any other time in American history, with more than 16.5 million guns being purchased. That’s 1.6 million more guns than were purchased in 2016, which is the last year records were kept.
The report explains how the numbers are counted up to the end of October, meaning that by the end of the year, the number is expected to grow even more. It comes as many news outlets predict that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will become the next president of the United States – a candidate who has promised strong and sweeping gun control legislation.
In his report, Gutowski also analyzed data from the FBI which showed that more than four million more guns were sold this year over last year. It was an increase of 33%.
“The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the gun industry’s trade group, also estimated nearly seven million people purchased a gun for the first time between January and October,” he reported. “The record sales come during a year in which Americans have faced a pandemic, economic downturn, prisoner releases, racial tension, and rioting.”
Is it any wonder Americans wanted to protect themselves?
Gutowski said that these chaotic factors on top of the contentious presidential election have driven the sales, according to experts, and that first-time gun buyers made up a large portion of those sales.
Mark Oliva, a spokesperson for the NSSF told the Free Beacon that “Americans of all political persuasions are exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and doing so in record numbers..”
The spokesperson also said that October 2020 saw the highest gun sales numbers of any other October on record, and believed that it was a result of Americans disapproving of the gun-control policies and messages being pushed by various high profile politicians.
“America is watching and is already voting with their wallets when it comes to lawful firearm ownership,” Oliva explained. “This has been a sustained period of firearm sales since March. This is clearly not a one-off event.”
How will these many millions of Americans respond when a possible Joe Biden administration taxes the guns they already own under his radical anti-Second Amendment platform?