COVID-19 Day 84: Gun store picked clean after looting.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said distressed gun store owner Matt Brady, “This mob came in and cleaned everything off the shelves. They even took the stuff I had in back.”

A long-time customer said in disgust, “It’s a shame. I came in today to pick up some ammo but now, to see this… all they have left is some expensive-ass 500 S&W.”

Mr. Brady added, “To the mob of folks that came in today, your orders will be ready for pick-up in 3 days after mandatory background checks.”

That’s my attempt at an Onion or Babylon Bee article. The truth is that gun sales surged 80% in the month of May compared to last year, this despite many state’s gun stores shut-down due to COVID-19 regulation. And this was BEFORE the George Floyd riots. Many new gun owners’ fears of unrest due to the pandemic were borne out after violence and looting that erupted nationwide. Two arguments often leveled against defenders of the 2nd Amendment were definitively invalidated.

One, the ‘militia’ in the 2nd Amendment referred only to the Army. When State and City law enforcement appeared in riot gear and then National Guard showed up to support them, many leftists on social media were quick to protest alarm against ‘totalitarian force’, though seemingly ob of their own hypocrisy. The framers of the Bill of Rights wrote the 2nd amendment to define the individual’s rights to firearms to defend themselves against a tyrannical government.

Second, private citizens don’t need firearms when they have police to protect them. Small business owners in many cities desperately called 911 when looters attacked and their stores. In those cities, the local police forces were overwhelmed and unable to respond. In some cases, police simply told people to stop calling, or their calls were never answered, or citizens were told that officers were unavailable to assist them and to run or defend themselves as best they could.

I’ve now lived through 3 major city riots, one after a hurricane and two sparked by police brutality. That’s why I’ve chosen to own firearms and train to use them. There’s an old saying, “When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.” But in a riot, the police may never come.


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