Clinging to Their Guns: Firearm Ownership Soars
to Multi-Decade Highs
by Mac Slavo: There’s
Only One Way To Describe This Situation: SHAMBLES
cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle
behind every blade of grass.
Commander-in-Chief, Imperial Japanese Navy
Killed In Action, April 1943
that Admiral Yamamoto was more right than he could ever know.
As the economy
continues its unimpeded fall into depression and uncertainty grips
the country, Americans are responding by arming themselves at
Crux and Zero
Data Sourced via Gallup (1,2)
percent of American adults currently report that they have a
gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This
is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded
since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen
during that period.
of American households have at least one firearm in their homes.
Considering that many households have multiple weapons, we'd venture
a guess that there are more firearms in American homes than there
are people living within our borders.
help but feel proud about that. The second amendment, after countless
attacks since the Republic came into existence, has survived and
remains a formidable force against the spread of tyranny and criminal
trespass by those who would do harm to the lawful.
of course, those who would ban gun ownership altogether. They're
more than likely the people that have rarely picked up a history
book to understand what happens when governments disarm their
people. You need look at only one historical example to see the
potentially horrific consequences of such actions:
firearm laws and hysteria created against Jewish firearm owners
played a major role in laying the groundwork for the eradication
of German Jewry in the Holocaust. Disarming political opponents
was a categorical imperative of the Nazi regime.
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution declares: “A well regulated
militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the
right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
which reflects a universal and historical power of the people
in a republic to resist tyranny, was not recognized in the German
us, Gallup indicates that banning gun ownership is not as popular
as some would like to make us believe. In fact, the percent of
Americans who would agree to a law banning hand gun ownership
has been on a steady decline for the last 50 years – another sign
that there is still hope:
We may often
find ourselves playing in to the stereotype that it's the democrats
that want to take away our guns. While there is no doubt that
the majority of those 26% of Americans who would outright ban
personal handgun ownership are left-leaning liberals, in general,
Gallup's poll suggests that party affiliation isn't as a huge
a factor as we may think. Sure, fewer left leaning democrat households
own firearms, but curiously, gun purchases by democrats in the
last year have outpaced those of their republican counterparts:
like even Democrats have realized that the the right of personal
protection affirmed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution
may come in handy during an economic depression as burglary, robbery,
rape, theft and random violence will undoubtedly rise.
surveys suggest that the social consciousness is responding to
a threat – otherwise Americans wouldn't be buying guns at the
levels they have in just the last year. The people feel it. They
may not know what it is, but it's there...looming.
from SHTF Plan.
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small business owner and independent investor.
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