Second Amendment, amid turmoil, both blessing and comfort

Second Amendment, amid turmoil, both blessing and comfort

In this Monday, April 6, 2020, file photo, Elite Firearms sales associate Joe Potter stands behind empty gun shelves in Las Vegas. Potter says he ran 475 firearm background checks in a three-week period. (Wade Vandervort/Las Vegas Sun via AP) … ANALYSIS/OPINION: Read the headlines for the last few weeks, few months, and it’s pretty steadfast: Gun sales are surging, first over fears about the coronavirus, then over fears about lawlessness and protests in the streets and police being pushed to the side for political expediency. It’s a jungle out there. And if you’re a law-abiding American citizen — or even if you’re not — you must be counting blessings and praising founders right now for a little thing called the Second Amendment. The more civil unrest grows, the more sensible the Second Amendment becomes. “About 2 Million Guns Were Sold in the US as Virus Fears Spread,” The New York Times reported way back in April. “Gun sales amid coronavirus pandemic spike 71% in April, Fox Business reported in May. And from all the way across the ocean, the BBC, also in April: “How the coronavirus led to the highest-ever spike in US gun sales.” It’s really very simple, you see. “Americans grappling with the rapidly-spreading coronavirus purchased more guns last month than at any other point since the FBI began collecting data over 20 years ago,” the BBC wrote . “Why? … The first is the concern that civil society — fire, police and health services — […]

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