Growing: The Second Amendment voting bloc

Growing: The Second Amendment voting bloc

Sudden changes in America — the coronavirus pandemic, financial turmoil and continual social unrest — appear to have prompted one particular sector of both public interest and the economy. Gun buyers flocked to gun shops in early spring; some 6 million guns were sold during between March and May, according to Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting, an industry source which based its estimates on FBI background check data. The National Shooting Sports Foundation now says that 40% of those purchases were made by first-time gun buyers — some 2 million people — who lined up to purchase a firearm. The organization based that percentage on their own survey of retailers. There are political implications here. “The record-breaking gun sales during the coronavirus pandemic could bolster candidates that support the Second Amendment in 2020 and alter the course of American gun politics for the foreseeable future,” writes Stephen Gutowski , a staff writer for The Washington Free Beacon. “Several of the country’s leading gun-rights groups are working to convert many more first-time owners into new gun-rights voters in the run-up to the 2020 election,” he says. Mr. Gutowski also notes that Amy Hunter , a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, is convinced that such efforts to organize this demographic could alter the political landscape at the local, state, and national levels. “The National Rifle Association believes voters who recently purchased guns for self-defense will join other Second Amendment voters and be an even more formidable voting bloc. They’re educated, […]

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