Second Amendment Gains Won by the Grassroots Right

Second Amendment Gains Won by the Grassroots Right

above: "Y" shooting an AR-15. [Image by: Mitch Barrie / CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons, cropped and resized] It seems that on many fronts, the American establishment right has been incapable of halting the advance of the left. There is one bright spot, however: more Americans are resisting encroachments against their right to self-defense by exercising their Second Amendment rights. Gun stores have had 10.3 million firearms sales so far this year, according to a survey from the National Shooting Sports Foundation—a record for the period observed. Sales have surged by 95 percent when compared with the same timeframe in 2019. Moreover, it seems likely that a significant portion of recent gun buyers are probably first-time owners. If that is the case, right-wing candidates may have new supporters. Armed voters tend to vote Republican. Electoral data in 2016 showed that households with firearms voted for Trump by a margin of 63 percent to 30 percent. While the new wave of gun owners is not a guaranteed constituency for the right, the present state of public disorder certainly has the potential to make new converts to traditional values and conservative politics. These developments indicate that there is a genuine, persistent, grassroots demand for pro-Second Amendment policies, independent of Washington, D.C., and big donor funding. These successes were not born in some Republican consultant’s brain, but won through the grit and determination of local activists. The right to bear arms is one of the few traditional constitutional rights that have […]

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