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Last Month Became March Madness for a Record Number of Gun Sales

Just as March became the month of the madness of the coronavirus in the U.S., it also became a sort of March Madness for gun sales, too.

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Just as March became the month of the madness of the coronavirus in the U.S., it also became a sort of March Madness for gun sales, too.

As the nation began facing down the coronavirus, gun enthusiasts hit the stores in greater numbers than ever. In fact, it was the highest volume of gun sales ever recorded.

According to the Washington Free Beacon:

More than 2.5 million guns were sold in March as fears over the effects of the coronavirus spread, according to an analysis of FBI background check data released Wednesday by Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting (SAAF). The buying craze marked the busiest month on record for gun stores, even as some faced shutdown orders from state and local authorities. The record-setting monthly sales nearly doubled the 1.4 million guns sold in March 2019.

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Mark Oliva, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, added that “Our adjusted numbers are the largest month on record.”

Apparently the coronavius sent many Americans to gun stores as they worried about a breakdown of society. And who can say they aren’t too far off the mark.

Take a look at this:

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, told the Beacon that none of this should be surprising.

“This is no surprise,” he said. “With a major uncharted health crisis that could result in a collapse of social order. With criminal inmates being let out of prison. With attempts to shut down gun stores and close down the ability of people to obtain firearms and ammunition for self-defense, [this is] what you would expect.”

No wonder the left has been seeking to shut down the Second Amendment. They don’t want even more Americans exercising their constitutionalrights.

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Harvard Professor Claims Self-Defense Laws Just an Excuse for Whites to Kill Blacks

A Harvard professor says that self-defense laws are just an excuse to allow racist white people to kill blacks, especially “stand your ground” laws.

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A Harvard professor says that self-defense laws are just an excuse to allow racist white people to kill blacks, especially via “stand your ground” laws.

From the premise, it appears that Harvard University professor Caroline Light is saying that only blacks invade people’s homes with the purpose of rape, murder, and theft.

Light made her absurd statement during a video discussion hosted by Alex Young, the honors faculty fellow at the Arizona State University Barrett Honors College, in an online broadcast entitled “Race, Guns, and the Politics of Self-Defense.”

This idiot claimed that such laws are meant to “outsource” state-sponsored violence to white homeowners.

In other words, this fool is saying that stand your ground laws and other laws that sanction self-defense is just a way for a government to give white people permission to kill blacks.

“In many ways, I see [‘Stand Your Ground’ laws], which have spread now to 33 states in some kind of version, as a way in which the state might outsource its violence to individual citizens who are marked as ‘law-abiding citizens,’” Light responded. “By definition, the legal system is based on essential injustices that originate with the very beginning of this nation in settler colonialist violence, in racial capitalism through chattel slavery, [and] gender violence. So these essential exclusionary principles are baked into the legal system and the justice topographies that we deal with.”

As Campus Reform noted, “The discussion continued with Young asking Light why certain groups, specifically minority groups, might be excluded from laws pertaining to self-defense and said that people who own guns usually own ‘some kind of property.'”

“What we come to find when we really look carefully is that this state violence becomes outsourced into the hands of a select set of ‘law-abiding citizen[s]’ who [are] disproportionately white or white-passing, disproportionately male-identified, and usually a person with some kind of property,” Light replied, adding “Guns constitute a particular powerful form of property in our nation right now. Not everyone gets to exercise their so-called Second Amendment rights equally.’

Indeed, this cretin went on to claim that gun manufacturers even began marketing guns to women under the guise of keeping them safe from sexual predators… but what they really meant is that it is OK to kill black men. “We see it with the invocation of the so-called savage native that was a threat to white and Christian womanhood,” she piously proclaimed.

The liar concluded, saying, “My research shows a long history of powerful actors invoking ‘protection’ and ‘self-defense’ to justify violence against less powerful or subjugated communities and individuals. Similar claims (of protection and/or defense) continue to be weaponized today when powerful social actors feel their status or power is threatened or challenged.”

Even self-defense is now raaaacist.

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St. Louis Couple That Protected Home with Firearms During Riot Now Being Indicted

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the armed St. Louis couple who protected their home last month, have now been charged with felonies

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Governor Says He’d Pardon St. Louis Couple If They Are Charged For Brandishing Guns At Protesters

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the armed St. Louis couple who made headlines protecting their home from rioters last month, have now been charged with felonies by the corrupt local prosecutor’s office.

The McCloskeys were seen in a video taken last month by the rioters that had broken down a subdivision gate. The couple brandished an AR-15 rifle and a handgun to warn the scumbag Black Lives Matter terrorists that they would protect their home and property.

But now, the corrupt George Soros funded St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Kim Gardner, has brought the couple up on charges for daring to defend their home… you know, for doing what the Second Amendment is for, and all.

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in a nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force, this type of conduct is unacceptable in St. Louis,” the corrupt prosecutor exclaimed. “The decision to issue charges was made after a thorough investigation with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.”

According to the Washington Times, “Unlawful use of a firearm is a felony and they could face a $10,000 fine and up to four years in prison. However, Ms. Gardner is recommending a diversion program such as community service rather than jail time if the McCloskeys are convicted.”

The couple’s attorney called the charges “disheartening” and added that he “unequivocally believe no crime was committed.”

The McCloskeys may not have too much to worry about in the end, though. The state’s Republican Governor, Mike Parson, said he would pardon the couple immediately if the corrupt St. Louis Democrats somehow manage to convict the couple.

“A mob does not have the right to charge your property. They had every right to protect themselves,” Parsons recently said.

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DHS Releases Guidelines Stating That Gun Shops Should Remain Open During Pandemic

The backlash from the liberal left was almost immediate.

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The fine line between “essential” and “non-essential” is becoming ever sharper these days, as America works to stop the spread of a deadly contagion using social distancing.

The novel coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic is still making its way into the far corners of the globe, after an outbreak was first detected in Wuhan, China.  As the Far East superpower begins to slowly recover, (at least from the reports they’ve allowed to go public), the rest of the world is bracing for impact.

In America, this means putting some space between yourself and others, particularly when it comes to essential activities like grocery shopping or heading to work.  Businesses deemed “non-essential” have largely shuttered or adjusted their operations in order to accommodate the best practices for dealing with the Wuhan Flu.

There is, however, a fight over what is and isn’t considered “essential” these days, with some local authorities using the opportunity to attempt to close down firearms retailers.

The Department of Homeland Security is now saying “not so fast“.

An agency within the Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance telling states that they should allow gun retailers and shooting ranges to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic as a debate swirls about whether such businesses are “essential” and should be permitted to continue operating as governments urge people to stay home to avoid spreading the disease.

The guidance, which came from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs on Saturday, tells states that “[w]orkers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges” are part of the “essential critical infrastructure workforce.”

Not everyone was on board.

Though the guidance goes out of its way to say its recommendations are not mandatory, the inclusion of weapons manufacturers and retailers rankled gun-safety activists, including Kris Brown, the president of the Brady Campaign.

“While DHS’ guidance is advisory, it is ill-conceived and dangerous. State and local governments are well within their constitutional rights to broadly close businesses in order to prevent the spread and flatten the curve, and they are definitely not required to designate gun industry businesses as ‘essential’ and keep them open,” Brown said in a statement. “There is no constitutional right to immediately buy or sell guns, and there is certainly no right to spread coronavirus while buying or selling guns.”

Brown has unwittingly exposed the 2A bottleneck that the liberal left has long attempted to exploit in order to make exercising this right more difficult, in which anti-constitutionalists work to incessantly inconvenience their fellow Americans.

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Gun Groups Suing New Jersey for Order Suspending Second Amendment During Coronavirus Scare

Several gun groups are suing New Jersey after Governor Phil Murphy suspended gun sales as a response to the coronavirus.

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Several gun groups are suing New Jersey after Governor Phil Murphy suspended gun sales and closed gun shops as a response to the coronavirus.

The groups claim that the state is violating the Constitution and illegally preventing citizens from having the means to protect themselves during the current crisis.

Not only has Murphy deemed gun stores as “non-essential,” but he also shut off the background check system preventing gun sellers from checking out new customers.

The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs is striking back:

Although the Executive Order does not specifically discuss gun stores or ranges, it applies to all businesses except those specifically exempted, and gun stores and ranges are not listed as exempt (ironically, certain non-essential sellers are exempted while gun sellers aren’t). Additionally, we have received specific “clarification” from the Governor’s office that:

1). Gun stores are not deemed “essential” and are therefore ordered closed (shutting off the flow of firearms and ammunition to honest citizens, who may need them in times of emergency);

2). The National Instant Check System in NJ (NICS) for processing all firearms and ammunition transactions has been shut down completely; and

3). All ranges (indoor and outdoor, public and private) are ordered closed under a restriction on “recreational activities” (is developing proficiency to defend your life really just “recreation?”).

ANJRPC has also started a lawsuit to force the governor to rescind his order.

While ANJRPC continues to dialogue with the Governor’s office over this dramatic and unprecedented overreach, we are not optimistic about changing it through discussion.

Accordingly, ANJRPC is proceeding with rapid development of a major lawsuit to address these unconstitutional measures and to take Governor Murphy (and others in the executive branch of government) to task for overreaching and essentially suspending Second Amendment rights, at a time of emergency when those rights may be needed most for self-protection by the most vulnerable in society.

ANJRPC is also pursuing, at the federal government level, potential proposals that will incentivize states to protect Second Amendment rights in times of emergency instead of undermining them.

The New Jersey Second Amendment Society and the Second Amendment Foundation is also suing the state over the order.

According to Bearing Arms, the group says that the state of New Jersey has no right to shut down the Second Amendment.

“While state and local governments have the power to reasonably regulate the keeping and bearing of arms, they do not have the power to prohibit the keeping and bearing of arms, nor do they have the power to close the channels of distribution by which people obtain firearms and ammunition,” the group’s lawsuit says.

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Virginia Democrats Vote Against Raises for Cops as ‘Payback’ for Defending Second Amendment

Every single Democrat in Virginia’s state senate voted against pay raises for the cops as retaliation for their 2nd Amendment support.

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Every single Democrat in Virginia’s state senate voted against pay raises for the cops because so many police officers opposed the Democrat attack on the pro-Second Amendment.

Virginia State Senator Bill Stanley blasted the state’s Democrats for their “hypocrisy” after he tried to amend the state budget to include a pay raise for the state’s sheriffs.

Stanley told WTVR that he was “absolutely shocked” by the Democrats refusal to vote for the pay raise.

“I tried to amend the state budget to give all of our men and women of Virginia’s Sheriffs’ Departments a 3% raise for this year. It was defeated, with all democrats voting ‘no,'” Stanley wrote on Facebook.

Tonight (just now) on the Senate floor, I tried to amend the state budget to give all of our men and women of Virginia’s…

Posted by Senator Bill Stanley on Thursday, February 20, 2020

Stanley also said that Democrat Majority Leader Dick Saslaw admitted that the “no” vote was in retaliation for the support so many sheriffs gave to the Second Amendment as the Democrats sought to undermine it as the year’s legislation began.

“Saslaw came up and said this to me, ‘Hey Stanley, you want to know why your sheriffs didn’t get a raise? Because they came to our committees and said that they weren’t going to enforce our laws.’ When I asked him which law was he talking about, he said, ‘Gun control,'” Stanley wrote in his post.

“Dick is a friend of mine. I love him dearly,” Stanley added. “He’s never lied to me, so I believe what he said was true that the reason why the sheriffs were not getting a raise is because some sheriffs dared to come up here to the people’s house and declare that they were going to support the Second Amendment of the Constitution and, I guess, that didn’t jive to well with him.”

Sen. Stanley had hoped to replace a stingy $200 bonus with a three percent raise.
The Senator added that many cops simply quit the force for better paying jobs and that causes law enforcement to lose their best employees.

Senator Stanley's Sheriff Raise Proposal Killed by Democratic Majority

PLEASE WATCH: This is the Senate Floor debate that caused Senate Democratic Majority Leader Dick Saslaw to approach Senator Bill Stanley and declare that the reason that Sheriffs' Deputies would not be getting a raise this year is because the Sheriffs dared to defend the rights of their citizens under the 2nd Amendment (PART ONE).

Posted by Senator Bill Stanley on Friday, February 21, 2020

“Two-hundred dollars doesn’t go very far and a lot of our sheriff’s departments, you know, the pay is very low for the job they do. We have a high attrition rate,” Stanley claimed.

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Virginia Gun Ban Fails In Senate Committee

A huge legislative blow to Gov. Ralph Northam.

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Virginia Gun Ban Fails In Senate Committee

The Virginia gun ban failed in a senate committee, marking a huge legislative blow for Gov. Ralph Northam.

Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms: “The gun ban bill was the first on the docket for the Judiciary Committee, and GOP members grilled bill sponsor Del. Mark Levine over his definition of an ‘assault weapon,’ the arbitrary ban on ammunition magazines that can hold more than twelve rounds, and other aspects of the legislation.”

This would have never ended well, had they passed these bills.

TDW:

The gun bill backed by Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) that included sweeping bans of guns, magazines, and suppressors – turning gun owners in the state into criminals overnight – was rejected by a senate committee.

Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms reported that four Democrats joined every Republican on the committee to send the bill to the Virginia Crime Commission for further study, which means it won’t be reconsidered before this legislative session expires.

“The gun ban bill was the first on the docket for the Judiciary Committee, and GOP members grilled bill sponsor Del. Mark Levine over his definition of an ‘assault weapon,’ the arbitrary ban on ammunition magazines that can hold more than twelve rounds, and other aspects of the legislation,” Edwards wrote.

As The Daily Wire reported, Levine failed to get even one fact about guns correct during a previous explanation of his definition of “assault weapon.” During his six-minute explanation earlier, Levine “mimicked what he claimed mass shooters like to use. His body language suggested he was using a fully automatic weapon (he twisted at the hips like he was in some old gangster movie). Fully automatic weapons are not used in mass shootings because they’ve been banned since 1986. Democrats and their media allies like to claim “semi-automatic” is virtually the same as fully automatic, but they’re not. A fully automatic weapon means it reloads and fires repeatedly with one trigger pull. Semi-automatic weapons fire one round per trigger pull.” More

Huge win for Constitutional rights. There are plenty of gun-owning liberals in VA, just like in Vermont and I believe New Hampshire. That’s why this is failing; VA Dem legislators know they’re facing pushback from within their own party as well as from GOP voters.
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Elizabeth Warren Wants Virginia-Style End to Second Amendment

Elizabeth Warren says if she becomes president, she will immediately move to gut the Second Amendment for the entire country.

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Elizabeth Warren says if she becomes president, she will immediately move to gut the Second Amendment for the entire country the same way Virginia Democrats are doing it in the Old Dominion State.

Indeed, she is proposing a new mega bill that would practically eliminate the Second Amendment without bothering to do all that official amending of the Constitution stuff.

The MRC’s P. Gardner Goldsmith recently warned of Warren’s newest anti-Second Amendment proposal:

Warren just introduced a new bill that collects numerous other legislators’ attacks on the right to self-defense, and bundles them into one super-massive singularity. Without a hint of intended irony, she’s called her potential threat of government violence directed at peaceful gun owners (get this) the “Gun Violence and Community Safety Act.”

One of the provisions would raise the federal minimum age to buy a firearm to 21. These age limits already have no basis in the Constitution.

So… we can trust any 18-year-old who joins the military with a gun, but not ANY civilian 18-year-old? How does that make any logical sense?

Warren’s bill would also create a national seven-day waiting period to take possession of a newly purchased firearm.

What a great idea, huh? Goldsmith reminds:

And, by the way, women (such as Carol Browne, of NJ, and Bonnie Elmasri, of Wis) who’ve had those feckless pieces of paper called “restraining orders” taken out against dangerous people have been murdered while waiting to obtain their gun for self-protection. It’s doubtful that Elizabeth Warren would enjoy having armed criminals impose their own arbitrary “waiting period” on the guards who protect her in the Senate.

The bill also creates federal regulations on how gun owners will be required to store their guns. This is just another way to force gun owners to spend exorbitant amounts of money on gun safes, or even to force gun owners to store their guns somewhere outside their own homes where they have little access to them.

Indeed, this is how Democrats want to create a backdoor way of eliminating the Second Amendment. Piling fee upon fee, cost upon cost, and making gun owning so prohibitively expensive that regular Americans just can’t afford to own a gun.

This is a way to legislate guns out of existence without going through the proper channels of amending the Constitution. It is a backdoor elimination of the Second Amendment.

Another thing Warren’s bill would do is create mandatory “gun-free zones,” despite the fact that nearly EVERY mass shooting in recent history was committed in a “gun-free zone.”

Here is another terrible idea in Warren’s plan:

Her bill would also “create a voluntary firearms buyback program,” because, you know, the government owned the firearms in the first place. Makes sense. And it also makes sense that she wants to use YOUR tax money and that of your offspring (deficit spending) to give you money for the gun, so you’re really just circulating your tax money through the parasitic federal bureaucracy, which takes at least 30% of that cash to operate before it will give it back to you after “buying” your gun “back.” Okay.

Some other measures: it would create a federal “red flag” law so that judges and police could summarily eliminate American’s rights without any need to bother with the courts, it would ban 3-D printed guns, burden ammunition sales with a 50 percent tax, add a 30 percent tax to gun sales (again making owning a gun prohibitively expensive), and expand background checks (which you will have to pay a fee to get) to be able to transfer a gun to your own relatives.

There are more measures than these, too. Suffice to say, Warren is proposing to end the Second Amendment by government fiat.

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