There are predictions in life that sometimes seem so far-fetched that it’s hard to believe when they come true.
Remember, for example, when JFK predicted America would land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, or when Joe Namath predicted the New York Jets would upset the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Heck, even people who predicted that Donald Trump would become president early in the 2016 campaign seemed like they were delusional.
Those predictions required going out on a limb, but it turned out that each and every one of them was right.
Similarly, in the summer of 2020, those that predicted that the rise in violent crime coupled with the defunding of police departments would lead to an increase in gun purchases weren’t taken seriously at first. But as it turns out, they were simply using common sense and while they weren’t exactly clairvoyant, they have been proven right.
In the wake of last summer’s riots and the movement to defund police departments, Americans bought guns… lots of guns.
And many of those were first-time purchasers…and contrary to the media narrative, half were women, and another 40% were Black and Hispanic.
Even the New York Times had to concede that last summer’s “protests,” as they termed it, contributed to the massive spike in gun sales.
The New York Times reported the following:
“Not only were people who already had guns buying more, but people who had never owned one were buying them too. New preliminary data from Northeastern University and the Harvard Injury Control Research Center show that about a fifth of all Americans who bought guns last year were first-time gun owners. And the data, which has not been previously released, showed that new owners were less likely than usual to be male and white. Half were women, a fifth were Black and a fifth were Hispanic…
[Gun sales] exploded in 2020, up by 64 percent from the previous year. The single highest month last year was in June, as protests swept across the country after the murder of George Floyd.”
Oh, gee, you don’t say?
You’re saying that Americans were watching the TV, saw the carnage that enveloped the streets of America last summer and the movement to defund the cops, and thought, “you know, if there aren’t going to be cops to protect me and my family, I’ll have to do it myself”?
Who would have thought?
And these Americans were justified in their concern for their safety. The numbers don’t lie.
Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Heather McDonald wrote, “Homicides rose 50% in Chicago in 2020, 46% in New York City, and 38% in Los Angeles. The U.S. saw the largest annual percentage increase in homicides in recorded history in 2020. That increase has continued in 2021. The number of shooting victims in Chicago was up 43% in the first three months of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020. Through May 16, the number of shooting victims in New York City is up 78.6% over a year ago. In the Bronx, the number is up 165.7%.”
Last summer’s mob violence following the death of George Floyd has resulted in Americans feeling less safe and have spurred them into action to buy guns.
If only someone could have seen this trend coming…