DEFUND THE POLICE: 5 Million People Bought Guns for the First Time in 2020

What happens when you defund the police?

Private security steps into its place, protecting businesses to whatever extent possible, while often drawing on former or part-time police officers. And people buy guns. Lots of them. When the country begins to seem unstable and events are spinning out of control, people start buying guns. Even people who hadn't done so before.

NSSF®, the trade association for the firearm industry, updated retail survey-based estimates and concluded that nearly 5 million Americans purchased a firearm for the very first time in 2020. NSSF surveyed firearm retailers which reported that 40 percent of sales were conducted to purchasers who have never previously owned a firearm.

That's a lot of first-time gun owners.

This equates to nearly 5 million first-time gun owners in the first seven months of 2020.

And the details back up what we had been hearing.

NSSF surveys revealed that 58 percent of firearm purchases were among African American men and women, the largest increase of any demographic group. Women comprised 40 percent of first-time gun purchasers. 

Police provide front line protection and security in the most dangerous neighborhoods. When police cease to function in an area, then people have to protect themselves.

Retailers noted that they are seeing a 95 percent increase in firearm sales and a 139 percent increase in ammunition sales over the same period in 2019.

Defund the police and you privatize security.

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