“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke promised back in September. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”
It seems that every cycle, Democrats get more and more radical when it comes to wanting to infringe on our Second Amendment rights. Some, like Beto O’Rourke, weren’t so shy about it, while others, like Joe Biden, claim to support the Second Amendment while promising to put people like Beto in charge of gun control.
As much as Democrats want to get guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, their campaigning on gun control has proven to have the opposite effect than they hoped for. According to FBI gun records, background checks for weapons purchases for January and February are up 30 percent over the previous year. The Washington Examiner reports that in the previous two months, “there have been 5,505,169 checks. Last year, there were 4,218,980 background checks in January and February.” If this trend continues, 2020 will be a record-breaking year for the most background checks (over 30 million) through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
This is not a new phenomenon. In 2016, gun sales surged when Hillary Clinton was polling ahead of Donald Trump. In 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., also resulted in a surge of gun sales, as gun owners anticipated significant gun control measures to be put in place by the Obama administration in the aftermath.
Joe Biden claimed on Tuesday to be a supporter of the Second Amendment and even said he owned multiple guns, but he’s also repeatedly made the dubious claim, “I’m the only guy ever nationally to beat the NRA.” Those aren’t the words of a Second Amendment supporter, and gun owners across the country clearly don’t buy it. Any election brings uncertainty as to who will lead this country for the next four years, but one thing is certain, Democrats will come for your guns, and people are stocking up now… just in case.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis