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While Biden Pushes Gun Control, Americans Load Up on Guns

Despite attempts to tighten gun control, Americans are responding by buying firearms in large numbers, signaling strong support for Second Amendment rights.

Amid the Biden administration’s latest wave of gun control initiatives, Americans are responding not with compliance, but with large numbers of firearm purchases. February’s FBI data reveals 2,336,390 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks, with an estimated 1,343,478 specifically for gun sales. This marks February as the 55th consecutive month of firearm sales exceeding one million, a clear signal of the public’s stance on their Second Amendment rights.

This phenomenon isn’t new. History has shown that whenever there’s talk of tightening gun control, Americans react by ensuring their right to bear arms is secured, leading to significant spikes in gun sales. The Obama administration saw this with the so-called “gun salesman of the year” effect, and now President Joe Biden seems to be following in those footsteps, unintentionally encouraging a gun-buying frenzy with his restrictive policies.

It’s ironic that the very efforts aimed at reducing gun ownership are instead fueling an unparalleled demand for firearms. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) points out that these numbers likely underrepresent the true scale of gun purchases, as the FBI count doesn’t include all legal pathways to obtaining a firearm. Mark Oliva of the NSSF suggests that this surge is a direct response to the Biden administration’s attempts to limit Americans’ gun rights.

Interestingly, not all new gun owners are staunch Second Amendment advocates. The current wave of purchasers includes individuals who have previously supported gun control measures. However, their firsthand experience with purchasing firearms—discovering the falsehoods of the “gun show loophole” and internet sales myths—may well push them towards becoming gun voters. The realization that gun control rhetoric often doesn’t match reality is leading many to reconsider their stance on firearm regulations.

As gun ownership becomes more widespread, the stereotypes and stigmas attached to gun owners are increasingly challenged. New gun owners are finding themselves at odds with the narrative that firearms are only for the overcompensating or the dangerous. This shift in perception could significantly impact future discourse on gun control, as more Americans recognize the importance of their constitutional rights and the implications of overreaching regulations.

The Biden administration’s push for gun control has been having unintended consequences, bolstering the ranks of gun owners and potentially transforming the political landscape. As Americans across the political spectrum exercise their right to bear arms, the conversation around gun control is bound to evolve. Let’s hope this trend continues, ensuring the preservation and appreciation of our Second Amendment rights for years to come.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.