Let’s talk guns. When Rhode Island’s largest newspaper has an article on guns, there’s always a liberal slant, so let’s get that out of the way first.
In this article, “Gun Background Checks in R.I. Outpace 2020,” the expert the author relies upon is, at least to Your Survival Guy, suspect. Why? Two reasons: One, he’s an economist, and two, he’s a forecaster. That’s two strikes. And the third, the writer gives him the last word that reads like this (my emphasis):
“In our analytical work, we repeatedly discover that the perception of insecurity, meaning, if I need the police, will they come, or if they do come, will they shoot me?, Which for certain population segments is important,” says Jurgen Brauer, chief economist at Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting. “So that perception of insecurity also drives firearms sales, and that perception perhaps has not yet abated nationwide.” REALLY?
There are some good nuggets, though, where the article actually talks to the real experts: Gun shop owners, you know, the ones who see the whites of the buyers’ eyes. And to a “T” they tell a story about buyers’ FEAR and concern for their SAFETY.
OK, my biggest takeaway? These are first-time buyers. And Your Survival Guy’s analysis of first-time buyers is they become SECOND-time buyers.
Sandy Kane, of Kane’s Gun Shop in North Kingstown, says his business is booming. “I am seeing more customers, and I am seeing more demand,” he said. “I’d say probably 20% to 25% more. A lot of new customers, some younger customers, some women customers.”
“There’s always a raft of new gun buyers that previously didn’t own guns and they’re looking for some forms of self protection for their homes and so forth,” Kane said, because of “all the uncertainty in 2020 and 2021 and the rise in serious crime.” All FACTS in my book.
This is not just a Republican phenomenon. It’s a feeling of unease across America by those who feel they need to act on their Second Amendment rights before they get trashed by an administration gone wild.
Action Line: Time to get your guns and your training now.
P.S. In New York City so far this year, there have been 217 murders. That’s up 8.5% compared to 2020, and up a whopping 42.8% compared to two years before. In Chicago, there have been 355 murders so far this year. Again, that’s up over 40% compared to two years ago, though holding steady with the city’s rampant violence of 2020.
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