Freedom is on the Move

Freedom is on the Move

As the pandemic―and then the riots, lootings, fires and defund-the-police movements―raged across America, and as then-candidate and later President Joe Biden’s (D) anti-Second Amendment rhetoric grew ever more belligerent, millions of Americans reacted by buying guns. And it wasn’t just “traditional” gun owners who were buying guns and ammo. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), approximately 8 million new gun owners entered the market in 2020 alone. The fastest-growing demographic of new gun owners has been Black Americans, whose purchases in 2020 increased by 56% over the previous year. Women accounted for 50% of all first-time gun buyers in 2020. Many of the people buying guns live in urban or suburban areas. Independents, Republicans and Democrats are buying guns. This basic right is being embraced by people who fit into every demographic. The increasing diversification of the gun-buying public elicits important questions. Most notably: Will first-time gun buyers become Second Amendment advocates? To answer questions like this, we reached out to three people who have significant expertise in this field. The first was David Yamane, a professor of sociology at Wake Forest University. He is completing a book about his journey through American gun culture, and he runs the “Gun Culture 2.0” and “Gun Curious” blogs. The second was Sarah Cade Hauptman, co-host of the podcast “Guns Guide to Liberals.” And then we spoke to Annette Evans, owner of the self-defense lifestyle brand “On Her Own.” A New Trend or an Amplification? First, we wanted to dive […]

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