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IN MARCH, LOCAL SPORTING GOODS STORES WERE SEEING A MAJOR RUN ON GUNS AND AMMUNITION AS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HIT THE REGION. SOME TYPES OF GUNS AND SOME AMMUNITION WERE ALREADY IN SHORT SUPPLY. AND THINGS HAVE ONLY GOTTEN WORSE SINCE THEN. “IT’S TERRIBLE, GUNS AND AMMO BOTH ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY,” CHRIS MILLER, THE SON AT FRANK MILLER & SON SPORTING GOODS, SAID. “WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF FIRST-TIME BUYERS,” HE SAID. “FIRST, IT WAS THE PANDEMIC. PEOPLE WERE AFRAID THAT THINGS WOULD GET BAD AND THEY WANTED TO PROTECT WHAT THEY HAD. THEN, IT WAS THE SOCIAL UNREST AND THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT THAT.LT. GOVERNOR DAN PATRICK, CHAIR OF TRUMP TEXAS VICTORY, ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TODAY: “MORE THAN 2.3 MILLION GUNS WERE SOLD IN JUNE, A 145 PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE PRIOR YEAR. THE FBI REPORTS THEY CONDUCTED 3.9 MILLION BACKGROUND CHECKS THAT SAME MONTH. AS VIOLENCE ACROSS AMERICA ERUPTS -- HOMICIDES ARE UP 24 PERCENT IN THE COUNTRY’S FIFTY LARGEST CITIES -- CITIZENS ARE TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. “DEMOCRAT LED CITIES ACROSS THE NATION INCLUDING PORTLAND, SEATTLE AND NOW AUSTIN ARE SURRENDERING THE STREETS TO LAWLESSNESS AND MOB RULE. WITH THEIR “DEFUND THE POLICE” RHETORIC ESCALATING, THEY HAVE SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT PROTECTING AND DEFENDING THEIR RESIDENTS IS A LOW PRIORITY. “CITIZENS ARE LEFT WITH FEW OPTIONS AS LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LED CITIES ABDICATE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES.THE HUSBAND OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY'S FIRST BLACK DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS BEEN HIT WITH THREE CHARGES OF ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM STEMMING FROM HIM PULLING A GUN WHEN AN ESTIMATED 30 BLACK LIVES MATTER ACTIVISTS SHOWED UP AT THE COUPLE'S HOME DEMANDING TO SEE HIS WIFE EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORTED THAT DAVID LACEY, HUSBAND OF L.A. COUNTY CHIEF PROSECUTOR JACKIE LACEY, WAS CHARGED BY THE CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE OVER AN INCIDENT IN EARLY MARCH WHERE HE WAS RECORDED ON VIDEO BRANDISHING A GUN AT PROTESTORS WHO SHOWED UP ON HIS FRONT PORCH CALLING FOR A MEETING WITH HIS WIFE.THIS SUMMER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLED OUT THE PRESIDENT'S ROADMAP TO EMPOWER VETERANS AND END A NATIONAL TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE (PREVENTS) - A LONG AWAITED STRATEGY TO BRING DOWN THE RATE OF SUICIDE IN THE MILITARY AND AMONG CIVILIANS. IT FOCUSES ON ENLISTING COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND A PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT THE STIGMA AROUND SEEKING HELP DURING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. CRITICS IN CONGRESS HAVE SAID THE PLAN ISN'T PROACTIVE ENOUGH.THE FBI RELEASED NEW INFORMATION MONDAY, SAYING MORE THAN 300 MILLION MORE GUNS ARE IN THE HANDS OF AMERICANS.'' WAYNE BATSON, OWNER OF SHARPSHOOTERS IN GREENVILLE, SAID ANY TIME THERE IS SOCIAL UNREST, ELECTION YEARS, ETC. THE GUN INDUSTRY TENDS TO SEE AN UPTICK. WATSON IT'S HARD TO IGNORE THE NEW INFORMATION FROM FBI SAYING GUN SALES ARE NOW UP BY 300%.

How the NRA changed politics

CSMONITOR.COM October 11, 2019 –  The National Rifle Association is facing its share of problems. Allegations of corruption and mismanagement have rocked the advocacy group, and in this week’s cover story Simon Montlake profiles the man determined to take it on. America’s gun owners deserve better, the insurgent says.

But the subtext for Simon’s story – the very reason we wrote the story in the first place, really – is the remarkable influence that the NRA has wielded in American politics during the past 25 years. In exploring the reasons behind that influence, you find a lesson on the evolution of American politics – and why it is only now that the NRA’s clout might be waning.

The fact is, the NRA was perfectly calibrated to take advantage of shifts in how Americans vote. Swing voters have largely disappeared. American voters are now reliably sorted into left-of-center and right-of-center camps on issues across the board. This means the true power in American politics is in motivating your partisans to turn out, not spending time wooing declining numbers of people in the mushy middle.

And no one adopted this approach earlier or more aggressively than the NRA. The group’s ability to motivate and mobilize voters – often by fanning existential fears about the future of the Second Amendment – made it one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington. It also increasingly became sewn into the political playbook, first on the right, and now increasingly on the left. Litmus tests to prove partisan purity rose in importance, and those who fell afoul were increasingly subject to robust primary challenges.

But as James Madison predicted in his Federalist Papers, factions give rise to counterfactions with their own purity tests. Others are learning the lessons of the NRA. Especially in the wake of several school shootings, there is some evidence that gun control groups are gaining traction by using the same method – seeking to generate an equally passionate fervor among their supporters.

Madison’s hope that relatively small groups of elected representatives would cool this fervor by making decisions on behalf of voters has largely vanished. It started disappearing almost the moment the republic was founded, with the Electoral College becoming a rubber stamp for the state vote counts, for instance. The very idea seems antiquated today. But the flip side is that strong factions of reliably partisan voters can show what power they hold. And in that reality, the NRA playbook is a powerful tool. [See Source]

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