Remember when the pandemic first hit the United States, and the first thing people seemed to do was buy up all the toilet paper in the country? The same thing is starting to happen with firearms and ammunition.
Reports of shortages came in response to a wave of social unrest throughout the country just as most states began to move forward with reopening their economies. Now, with coronavirus cases surging in places like Florida and California, it looks like those shortages are just becoming a normal part of life with no end in sight.
Guns and ammo began flying off of the shelves in unlikely areas — including anti-gun Los Angeles — just as major metropolitan areas began discussing defunding or even disbanding their police departments. The irony is that many of these purchases were by first-time gun buyers, many of which without a doubt supported gun control in some form or another just months ago.
The global pandemic as well as the social unrest caused by movements linked to the Black Lives Matter organization have reshaped how many people think about firearms. But make no mistake, there is no “strange new respect” for the Second Amendment. Even with Los Angeles County’s sheriff pleading to increase CCWs by 400%, 400 times zero is still zero. What we’re seeing is more of an act of desperation than anything else.
So, how long are these shortages going to last? Will this result in a permanent change to how many Americans feel about firearms and the Second Amendment?
Here’s the Daily Shooter with an update.