Gun Control Peddlers At The LA Times Are Worried
Gun Control Peddlers at the LA Times Are Worried and have pleaded with readers, “Thinking of buying a gun for self-defense? Don’t do it.”
Due to a two-year span of criminal violence, Californians were forced to make a decision. They could choose to lawfully purchase a firearm to protect themselves or be a victim. They choose the former.
In 2021, Los Angeles saw a 12 percent year-over-year increase in murders. Violent crimes and property crimes were both up 4 percent.
Californians took the steps to exercise their Second Amendment rights. They weren’t alone either as millions of law-abiding Americans from coast-to-coast purchased a firearm last year.
LA Times Attempts to Sell Its Case
While the Los Angeles Times opinion writers wore their blinders, Californians have been feeling unsafe. The Los Angeles City Council cut $150 million from the police department budget in the aftermath of riots that followed the murder of George Floyd.
That led to the LAPD issuing an unthinkable warning to city residents: If you’re the victim of a crime, just “cooperate and comply.”
Law-abiding Californians are ignoring the “be a good victim” advice and instead are choosing lawful firearm ownership. In 2021, nearly 1.5 million verifications were run through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for Californians purchasing a firearm.
The Gun Control Peddlers at the LA Times Are Worried and have responded by saying “Choosing to have a gun in your home, because it will keep you safe, is a myth. And a deadly one at that.” The column urged readers to practice “common sense” and “safety,” stating, “Be responsible and be wise. Don’t buy into the myth of owning a gun for self-defense. The life you save may be your own.”
Not Just A California Movement
Californians buying firearms aren’t alone. They are part of a larger firearm-owning community that’s growing by the day. NSSF retailer survey data from 2021 revealed more than 5.4 million law-abiding Americans purchased a firearm for the first time. That’s on top of the more than 8.4 million in 2020.
Women accounted for more than 33 percent of first-time buyers in 2021, only slightly lower than the 40 percent from 2020. A full 44 percent of retailers saw an increase of African-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021; nearly 40 percent of retailers saw an increase of Hispanic-American buyers and over 27 percent of retailers saw an increase of Asian-American buyers.
On top of purchasing their first firearm, buyers were looking for training. Retailers said that almost 47 percent of first-time buyers inquired about training and education courses and more than 43 percent of them signed up for classes.