BY ALLEN WEST
Remember back during the Obama reign, firearms sales in America skyrocketed, but some felt that the Trump presidency would bring about a degradation in firearms sales in America? Well, those prognosticators have been proven wrong, thanks to the progressive socialist leftists running for President, and their rhetoric. The proof is in the numbers.
“The 2019 Christmas shopping season started off with a boom for firearm retailers, with the FBI announcing on Sunday that the number of background checks performed came close to breaking the single day record set in 2017.
From USA Today: In all, the bureau posted 202,465 checks Friday, an 11% increase from last year and falling just short of the single-day record: 203,086 in 2017. While background checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is a way to gauge market demand. The number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer. Black Friday traditionally has been one of the busiest for FBI analysts, but this year’s one-day number comes amid rising monthly volumes that are approaching the one-year record of 27.5 million in 2016.
With a difference of less than 1,000 background checks, I think we can safely say that interest in gun purchases is just as high as it was in 2017. In fact, as USA Today notes, we’re getting close to a record number of NICS checked performed, and if sales remain strong for the remainder of the year, I think it we’ll get there.
We can thank gun control advocates for spurring on the sales, as demands by Robert Francis [Bob Frank] “Beto” O’Rourke and other failed candidates to ban and confiscate firearms have reminded many Americans of exactly what is at stake in the 2020 election. We don’t know how many of these NICS checks were done on purchases of semi-automatic rifles, but in talking to my friends in the firearms business in Virginia, the items that are selling like hotcakes are the very items anti-gun legislators are likely to ban in the next few months; semi-automatic rifles, 20 and 30 rounds magazines, and suppressors.”
There are those that would say this is all an absurd reactionary ploy, I disagree. It is not just Bob Frank, actually, as he was honest enough to admit to the real objective of the progressive socialist left . . . disarmament of law-abiding, legal American gun owners. This theme has been echoed throughout the leftist Democrat (socialist) Party for some time. It is a common mantra among socialist dictators, disarmament of the civilian population . . . most recently, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.
It is not absurd to think people like O’Rourke and Eric Swalwell mean exactly what they say. And what is truly alarming is that Michael Bloomberg has entered the Democrat clown car and his claim to fame is gun control.
As we shared, Bloomberg dumped millions of dollars into Virginia to flip their State Legislature. The first objective of Virginia’s Gov. “Blackface” Northam is admittedly gun control. Slowly we see this move towards Red Flag Laws and Behavioral Task Forces as another means to undermine the Second Amendment right of Americans. However, think about this, consider all the privately owned firearms in America, one would think that we have running gunfights all over the place. But, if you isolate the areas with the most “gun violence,” it is occurring in the urban centers — Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, NYC, Newark, Washington DC, Memphis, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta. In other words, cities controlled by Democrats (socialists) with highly stringent gun control laws.
Yet, the leftists, such as Bill de Blasio, want to empty the jail cells. Michael Bloomberg apologizes for the “stop and frisk” program that reduced violent, gang-related, crime. Here in Dallas, we have an imbecile for our District Attorney, who has openly stated that he will not prosecute anyone for crimes committed that are less than $750.
We know that the leftists want to have open borders, abolish ICE, and allow for the rampant proliferation of criminal illegal immigrants, and violent gangs such as MS-13.
So, no, being concerned about our Second Amendment rights is not alarmist or reactionary. I do have to wonder, how many of these background checks were women?
As long as there are the tyrants referring to themselves as socialists. As long as there are groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter — who have evidenced their violent nature — there will be gun background checks, and they will remain high. No liberty-loving American wants to be stabbed on the streets by some Islamic jihadist, assaulted by some criminal illegal immigrant, or gang members, or intimidated and threatened by the real fascists of the progressive socialist left.
We have a right to defend ourselves, to “keep and bear arms.” That right is not to be infringed . . . and, if necessary, real Americans will protect themselves against the tyranny of the leftists in America who seek to do so.
Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at The Old School Patriot. Used with the permission of the author.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans. LTC West is running for Chair of the Republican Party of Texas. To support his efforts, please visit his campaign website