Understanding that your new gun-owning neighbor is probably not your enemy
Chaos! This one word pretty well sums up what is going on in the world these days. It is difficult to predict precisely, but one thing is pretty certain. Citizens will come out of the pandemic with fewer freedoms than they had going into it. Or, maybe not. Perhaps the sleeping giant has been awakened.
It’s the way things work. All kinds of freedoms were put on-hold instantly – things like freedom of movement or freedom of association. Often when urgency ends, previous levels of freedoms do not follow.
This is all part of whatever the “new normal” will be when the dust finally settles. And make no mistake about it, the entire world has changed and will never go back to what it was before. There is a new BC (Before COVID-19).
It is crucial to keep this phenomenon in mind when it comes to gun-related freedoms because they remain under attack, as they were even in “old normal” times. The pandemic has not changed that reality – at least not yet. In fact, there is evidence that the pandemic emboldened the enemies of freedom even more.
When the pandemic first hit, the gun grabbers attempted to close down gun stores in the face of the highest level of panic buying in the history of the republic. People flocked to gun shops in unprecedented numbers to try to help allay their fears – many of them people who were buying guns for the first time in their lives.
First-time gun buyers would have been denied their right to acquire firearms to protect themselves and their families had the gun grabbers prevailed. But in most places, the biggest limitations involved the supply line, which couldn’t keep up with the overnight spike in demand – shelves were emptied of some of the more popular firearm models and of the ammo to use in them.
The reason halting gun sales was so important to the gun grabbers was that they knew it is a lot easier to make their lies seem “reasonable” to the uninformed – those who aren’t paying close attention. When first-timers put their money down for guns to protect what is dear to them, they viewed guns differently than they did before that turning point in their lives. They were not just paying attention. They were taking action amid the most visceral nightmares imaginable.
For the first time in the lives of millions, they were forced to pay total attention to survival. That meant a run on everything, with guns as the means to defend themselves and their families high on the list.
Before the pandemic, it was easy not to pay attention to such things as folks went through their daily lives in a form of autopilot in which society often carried them along. Disrupt that comfort zone and reality actually becomes real.
Reality is nothing new in Gundom, but apparently it was an epiphany for those millions who now have joined the ranks of gun owners. Those firearms they purchased to give them both the feeling and assurance of safety will remain there as reminders of these dark times long after the COVID-19 pandemic is history. After all, this is just an awakening to the kind of threats that very easily could be repeated in the future.
As importantly, we now have millions more residents in Gundom who have shown by their actions that they now understand that it is up to them to take care of their own safety in times of tribulation. Many of these are the exact same folks the gun grabbers have relied on to further their perverted agenda – out of apathy if not overt activity.
Concurrently, there has been activity in the courts where cases grind on despite the pandemic. No big wins for Gundom on the court front, but no total losses either. In fact, it looks like the Supreme Court now may have an interest in looking at some Second Amendment cases that are pending in the system.
In one move, the U.S. Supreme Court declared a case against New York to be moot since the state dropped the law between the time it was initially instituted and the time when the case got to the highest court.
There was no real surprise there, but in the process justices indicated that they might want to consider cases in which states apparently are not heeding the precepts involved in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, on which the Supreme Court already ruled.
In another court case in California, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction, halting a convoluted ammunition buying registry, only to have that order stayed a couple of days later by the appellate court. Bottom line: the law remains in effect as the case winds its way through the court system.
That case was brought against the State of California by Olympic champion shotgunner Kimberly Rhode and the California Rife & Pistol Association.
As the November elections approach, gun rights promise to be one of the big campaign issues as President Donald Trump is positioned to continue to champion gun rights, while former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee, has taken on a stronger anti-gun posture.
Here is where there could be a wild card in the high stakes poker game known as firearm politics, should a significant number of the millions of first-time gun buyers decide to translate their newfound normal of packing heat into votes. Elections in recent times have been exceedingly close, which means that any swing, one direction or the other, could change the outcome.
How ironic it would be if something as confining and restrictive as COVID-19 could reverse the relentless attacks on Second Amendment freedoms. Perhaps the sleeping giant has awakened. Time will tell.