NSSF: Gun ownership among black Americans up nearly 60%, and overall record number of gun sales reported

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A recent report details a unique jump within the demographic of black Americans as it relates to gun ownership. From what The Guardian reports, gun ownership is up nearly 60% with respect to black Americans.

The specific datapoint cited within the report states that “gun ownership among Black Americans is up 58.2 percent.” Which, considering all that transpired throughout 2020, it’s hardly surprising to hear about any general instance of increased firearm ownership within the United States.

Said data was reportedly pulled from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) figures available for 2020 firearm purchases. Reportedly “Americans bought a record number of firearms,” in 2020, which included an “estimated 5 million people [who] bought their first ever gun between March and August.”

When one thinks back to the period between March through August of 2020, there are clearly two significant matters that were ongoing within the country: the effects of the pandemic, and the riots across many major U.S. cities.

Hence, the figures regarding firearm purchases aren’t terribly surprising when considering the aforementioned. But the data showed that the largest increase among all demographics, regarding first-time gun purchases, was specifically black Americans.

Gun rights organizations such as the National African American Gun Association have seen massive membership increases as a result.

Then there’s Anubis Heru, who is the owner of the 1770 Armory and Gun Club in Denver, which serves as Colorado’s first black-owned weapons store and simulator range.

When Heru touched on the topic of gun rights groups that are focused on black Americans, he stated the following:

“The value of these groups is learning with people who know your struggle and understand what’s happening and has been happening with this country.

“Black people and women of color like to come to our facility because we’re not the typical redneck with a tattoo of the Three Percenters.”

Apparently in Chicago, black locals have been lining up around the proverbial block to get in on concealed carry courses. Considering Chicago hosts concerning levels of violent crime, often in concentrated hotspots, it’s also unsurprising to see locals taking a more vested interest in their personal safety.

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Back in March, Law Enforcement Today shared a report noting that NRA memberships have also been on the rise since the coming in of the new administration. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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A recent report coming from Breitbart News claims that NRA memberships have been on the rise since President Joe Biden assumed office in January.

This increase in memberships for the organizations has some believing that it’s partially inspired by the current administration’s stance on firearm ownership.

According to Breitbart News, the NRA’s Andrew Arulanandam told the publication on March 28th that the civil rights group has been “gaining 1,000 new members a day since January, from online signups alone.”

When asked whether there was anything in particular that was leading to the rise in membership, he cited the Democrats’ never-ending drive for gun control as being a likely factor in the equation:

“Gun owners realize the threat our Second Amendment and our self-defense laws are facing with a hostile President and Congress.”

According to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, 51% of likely voters agree that tighter gun control would likely not have stopped the March 22nd shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

The overwhelming majority of likely voters, 64%, stated unequivocally that there is no way to “completely prevent” attacks like the one in Boulder earlier in March or the one in the Atlanta area that occurred prior to it.

Law Enforcement Today recently reported  that in light of the tragedy that occurred in Boulder earlier in March, President Biden made an address where he urged his colleagues in Washington to enact legislation regarding firearms: 

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future, and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act.

“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a senator. It passed. It was the law for the longest time. And it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again.”

President Biden also used the same press conference to discuss the need to close the “Charleston loophole.”

In an unlikely twist in the investigation into the March 22nd mass shooting in Boulder, it was later discovered that the suspected perpetrator’s weapon was classified as a pistol rather than a rifle.

However, that discovery hasn’t calmed the discussions regarding getting new iterations gun control implemented via the current administration. 

Reportedly, President Biden plans to sign executive orders strengthening gun control, according to comments coming from White House press secretary Jen Psaki on March 26th.

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