Americans have been buying a lot of guns. The figure is in the tens of millions. It might be time to get one of the gas pump stickers of President Joe Biden saying, “I did that.”
After all, it is his failing policies that are driving many to take up lawful gun ownership. The Biden administration’s failure to address rampant crime, attacks on Second Amendment rights and weaponizing of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to become a political arm of gun control instead of a law enforcement and regulatory bureau has woken Americans of all walks of life that gun ownership is not only legal; it’s responsible.
Those within the firearm industry, and Americans concerned about their personal safety, are not surprised. Month after month, NSSF publishes an Adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System report that shows the number of FBI background checks associated with the sale of a firearm.
That figure has been over a million every month for the past 33 months.
New Report, Old Information
The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Axios trumpeted the publication of a new ATF report, that’s well… not really new information at all. ATF published the National Firearms Commerce and Trafficking Assessment.
The report is a compilation of already-publicly available information that’s posted to the ATF’s website. This report, conspicuously-timed just a week before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will consider President Biden’s nomination of Steve Dettelbach to become the next ATF Director, puts all that information that’s been hanging out there for the public to see in one easily-digestible 306-page report.
In other words, the Biden administration did the homework for media to find all the firearm production and illegal trafficking reports in one place.
The New York Times report noted that semiautomatic handguns have been the most popular-selling firearms since 2009.
That’s not new information. NSSF has been explaining that handguns, typically purchased for personal and home defense, have accounted for more than half of firearm sales. That became even more obvious starting in April 2020, when there were 2.3 million background checks for the sale of a firearm, the most ever on record for a single month.
New Gun Owners
That gun-buying trends contributed to a record of over 21 million background checks for gun sales in 2020, followed in 2021 with over 18.5 million. It wasn’t just existing gun owners adding to their gun safes.
Over 14 million first-time gun buyers purchased a gun in those two years, with significant increases of women, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans purchasing guns. Today’s gun owner is increasingly diverse, representing more of America because more Americans of all walks of life are buying guns.
Axios, a policy-centered news outlet widely read by Washington, D.C., lawmakers and their staffs, recognized this shift. That report cited a Gallup poll that showed rising crime was the leading concern among Americans.
The number one reason they’re buying guns is for personal safety. This recent gun-buying surge began in April 2020, which is also when COVID-19 lockdown orders began. That’s also when police warned they wouldn’t be able to respond to every 9-1-1 call because police departments were forced to pull officers off the beat over infection and violent criminals were released from jail due to COVID concerns.
The violence that followed in the summer of 2020, where cities across America witnessed riots, arson, looting and murders, propelled the gun buying, followed by election-season rhetoric from the Biden-Harris campaign of plans to enact far-reaching gun control plans.
Add in the embrace of “Defund the Police” policies by politicians, no-bail and soft-on-crime policies that turn criminals back out on the streets to commit more crimes and the continued gun control plans of the Biden administration, it doesn’t take a 306-page report to understand Americans are concerned for their safety and they’re taking action.
The violence never subsided. Racially motivated attacks continue, even to this day. Americans continue to purchase firearms. KTLA in Los Angeles just published a report speaking with African-Americans purchasing guns there for self-defense. Oni Powell explained to reporters, “We have to be diligent and we have to know that our safety is first and foremost.”
Criminals Being Criminal
The ATF’s report also shows, once again, that criminals aren’t obtaining firearms through legal sales. They’re obtaining them through theft and the illegal black market. That information, too, isn’t new. The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics report shows that convicted felons that committed their crimes with a firearm admitted they overwhelmingly obtained it illegally.
That’s another indicator that the Biden administration’s crackdown on the firearm industry is misguided. Administration officials blame “rogue gun dealers” for the crime spike when the reality is that criminals commit crimes. They don’t subject themselves to an FBI background check before they commit their crimes.
In the same report from The New York Times, it noted police recovered 19,344 privately manufactured firearms (PMFs), or so-called “ghost guns.” Emily Miller, a reporter covering firearms, noted in a tweet that cities, including Washington, D.C., Metro Police Department, have been including guns with obliterated serial numbers in their “ghost gun” recovery figures.
The reason firearm production is at record highs is simple market demand. More Americans are choosing to lawfully arm themselves to protect their loved ones. That demand was driven by runaway crime that the Biden administration refuses to seriously address.
Firearm manufacturers ramped up production to meet this demand. If the Biden administration wants to understand that in any simpler terms, NSSF can get him one of those “I did that!” stickers.
Isn’t it ironic? Anti-cop protestors demand cops have better training, then attack construction of a training center
ATLANTA, GA – For several years now, anti-police protestors have either called for the total abolishment of law enforcement, for them to be defunded or, at the very least, to be required to be better trained. Cities literally burned as a result of their hatred for law enforcement.
So, in September, the Atlanta City Council approved a new state-of-the-art police training academy. It is scheduled to be situated on 85 acres that is part of a 350-acre tract owned by the city.
Now, protestors are mounting another assault to protest the building of what they are labeling “cop city.”
Atlanta police have arrested multiple individuals for allegedly throwing rocks and “Molotov cocktails” at officers at the proposed construction site.
Those protestors claim that they never attacked officers, but that law enforcement were the aggressors, trying “intimidation methods” and suppressing their right to free speech.
No one was injured, but authorities say that threats of harm to law enforcement will not be tolerated.
“Criminal activity is not protest,” said APD Assistant Chief Darin Schierbaum. “Criminal activity is just that, and we will arrest individuals that attempt to harm our officers.”
Atlanta’s Fox 5 reports that Atlanta PD, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI were called in, as protests over these types of construction projects around the country.
Schierbaum said that they detained 8 individuals, most of whom had out-of-state licenses, for charges ranging from criminal trespass to obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
First, they were throwing rocks, but eventually someone hurled a glass container with accelerant inside and a crude ignition device.
“We will not be deterred by the acts of a few that do not represent our community, and our community values and were attempting to harm first responders today,” Schierbaum said.
Protestors say that they never assaulted officers and that law enforcement presence in the area will only go to further alienate black and brown communities.
“Police raided a growing protest encampment in these woods, training SWAT rifles on environmental activists. this is an attempt to demoralize a vibrant and diverse movement, that is led by local community members against the replacement of the largest urban tree canopy in the United States with the largest police training compound in the United States,” said Mae Johnson, who lives nearby.
Since they claimed that the protests were base over the environmental impact the construction would have on the area, the Atlanta City Council said they would be planting hundreds of trees to replace each tree being cut down.
The remaining 256 acres surrounding the facility would stay green space.
These protests by the group are not their first. According to the Fox News report:
“Over the last month, the group has protested at company contracted to build the training facility and even its CEO’s home. Last week, police in Cobb County arrested two protesters for vandalizing the office of one of the building contractors involved in the project.”
defend the ATL forest! May 8-15 pic.twitter.com/pELLt0tMJk
— Defend the Atlanta Forest (@defendATLforest) March 12, 2022
“We are not extremist, we are neighbors of the forest, residents of south Atlanta, most importantly, we are intelligent people who know the future of the world is on fire,” Johnson added.
A sign nailed to a tree in the threatened Atlanta Forest warns of danger from spikes driven into trees by protestors. pic.twitter.com/ffqPcmZYbv
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) May 14, 2022
Whether they are extremists remains to be determined…but someone in the group has committed a felony.
In 1988, the US Congress passed the Anti-Tree Spiking Act.
In 1993, John Blount and others were convicted under that federal law. one of the individuals involved in the tree-spiking plot was Tracy Stone-Manning. She agreed to testify against Blount and his group in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
That is the same Tracy Stone-Manning that President Joe Biden appointed to be the Director of the Bureau of Land Management.
Idaho Senator James Risch released a statement regarding the confirmation of Stone-Manning.
“Tracy Stone-Manning lied on her ethics paperwork to the U.S. Senate that she had never been the subject of a criminal investigation. She doubled down on that lie – and added a new one that she had no knowledge of the 1989 tree spiking plot – in written responses to the U.S. Senate.
Retired Special Agent Michael Merkley and tree spiking ringleader John Blount laid those lies bare,” said Risch. “Agent Merkley revealed she received a ‘target letter’ that Stone-Manning was going to be indicted on criminal charges for planning the tree spiking. John Blount separately confirmed she’d been in on the plot for weeks. Tracy Stone-Manning perjured herself to the United States Congress. President Biden must withdraw her nomination immediately.”
Obviously, the President was not concerned with his appointee’s radical ties or the fact that she appears to have committed perjury, and she was confirmed in September of 2021.
But it makes some wonder if the protest is really about the environment, or the group that is about to take up residence in the newly constructed buildings, given that numerous comments have been made, like this one:
“The plans have raised concerns that one thing the facility is intended to do is train officers to put down urban insurrections such as those that occurred in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in 2020.”
And this one:
“Those who oppose the expansion of police power have also come out against the Atlanta Police Foundation’s project, placing it within the lineage of the expansion of the ‘prison-industrial complex.’ Such critics claim that the training facility will further expand police militarization in the aftermath of nationwide calls in the summer of 2020 and beyond to defund and even abolish policing infrastructure.”
But yeah, it’s all about the trees.
It seems these days, far-left radicals almost enjoy obstructing lawful police activity or make threats of violence against them. For more on that, we invite you to
BLM protestor attempts to disrupt an arrest and assault a black officer, ends up getting punched in the face
PITTSBURGH, PA – A protest was held last Saturday in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg honoring 54-year-old Jim Rogers, who died after being tased by police back in 2021.
During that protest, a police officer stopped his car, exited and instructed the protestors to move out of the street. One BLM attendee took it upon themselves to verbally berate the officer.
In response to the officer’s request, the protestor said:
“It is our right.”
The group of demonstrators began to chant, “No justice, No peace, F*ck these racist ass police,” at the officer. As seen in the photos, the “racist ass” cop is also black.
The cinematic photo of #BLM protester Vuestro Merced getting punched by a Wilkinsburg officer after trying to stop an arrest has gone viral. Merced was quickly released from jail & people are using the incident to fundraise cash for the militant activist. pic.twitter.com/hY1jqSC8yS
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 17, 2022
The protestor got in the face of the officer, after he was talking to the daughter of the original protestor. As he tried to place the woman under arrest, Vuestro Merced decided to intervene. Merced stepped in between the officer and the woman, pushing the officer away.
The two began struggle with each other before the officer appears to have connected with Merced’s face with a left hook.
Merced fell to the ground and was taken into custody along with the original protestor.
WTAE reported that both individuals arrested had been released.
A person from the Justice for Jim Rogers Foundation, who organized the protest, told the news station:
In wake of increased violent crime, NYC mayor calls out BLM hypocrisy: “I thought black lives matter!”
NEW YORK, NY – As authorities in New York continue to piece together what happened this past Tuesday in a Brooklyn subway station, New York City mayor Eric Adams is asking a question that many have been asking for quite a while.
Where is Black Lives Matter now?
When asked by a NY1 anchor how he planned to get a grip in the rising violent crime, which included 12 shootings the night before the interview, Adams went on the offensive. Given the fact that many of the shooters and victims in 2022 were black, Adams simply stated:
“By being consistent with our message. Here is my question that I put out to the city: I thought black lives mattered. Where are all those who stated Black [sic] lives matter? Then go do an analysis of who was killed or shot last night.
I was up all night speaking to my commanders in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The victims were black. Many of the shooters were black.”
And he didn’t stop there.
“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are? Why are 16, 17, and 18-year-olds out in our streets armed with guns twelve, one o’clock at night? When are we going to start asking these serious questions?
If Black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now stating that the lives of these black children that are dying every night matters. We can’t be hypocrites.”
Major crimes in the city have increased 44% over the previous year. Shootings were up 14% compared to the same time period from 2021.
As reported by Politico, Adams and the leadership of BLM of Greater New York have clashed throughout his campaign and even more so since he took office.
Its co-founder, Hawk Newsome told the outlet “that the mayor was trying to deflect blame after not being able to control violent crime through the police department.”
“He wants us to have a fight in the newspapers to distract people from the real issues. The mayor is great at press conferences and he is really good at making statements, but he lacks efficiency and the ability to lead our city in a safer direction.”
So, what are the ‘real issues?’ Keep reading.
According to one of Newsome’s responses in the interview, “critics of BLM often point to crime committed within the Black community as a larger problem than police misconduct.”
Actually, both are problems that need to be addressed when they happen.
But that wasn’t the question that Adams was asking of BLM. He was pointing to the hypocrisy of the movement.
Adams is merely echoing what many have been asking for a long time. Why aren’t you protesting in the streets in Chicago or New York every day as black Americans are murdered?
They had no problem protesting after the death of Floyd and Breonna Taylor or the wounding of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. But they were oddly silent when a retired St. Louis police captain was murdered during the riots that those protests sparked.
David Dorn was trying to protect a friend’s business when he was shot in the head and left for dead.
So, Adams’ question remains a valid one. Where is BLM when violent acts with black victims do not involve a white perpetrator or the police?
They aren’t protesting in the streets. They aren’t calling for police agency to be defunded or abolished.
But Newsome doubled down on avoiding the mayor’s accurate criticism of the group. Pointing to a new organization called Black Opportunities, he is launching new programs aimed at de-escalation training and neighborhood patrols, all designed to “reduce shootings and violence without having to rely on City Hall or the NYPD.”
“He called on us to do the job of the elected officials and the police department, who have a collective budget of billions,” Newsome said. “He wants to do this from a grassroots perspective. And on behalf of Black Opportunities: We accept his challenge.”
That is not at all what Mayor Adams said.
Here is what he actually said.
“If Black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now stating that the lives of these black children that are dying every night matters. We can’t be hypocrites.”
So, what is worthy of BLM protests? Prior to Adams taking office, Newsome pointed to what the actual issue is in his mind.
In November he said:
“If they think they are going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots. There will be fire and there will be bloodshed. So, there is no way we are going to allow some ‘Gestapo’ come in here and harm our people. We pray for peace, but Black Opportunities prepares for the worst.”
In other words, NYPD needs to do something about it, just not through policing.
BLM leader who threatened ‘riots, fire, bloodshed’ claims Mayor Adams backed down and listened to activists
NEW YORK CITY, NY – A Black Lives Matter activist who once vowed there’ll be “riots,” “fire” and “bloodshed” if Mayor Eric Adams kept his campaign promise to bring back a plainclothes anti-crime unit to battle New York’s surge in violent crimes has claimed victory, saying the Mayor backed out of that promise.
BLM leader who threatened 'riots' if plainclothes unit was brought back says Mayor Adams listened to activistshttps://t.co/ZsnQsfztUN
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 22, 2022
In November, New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome debated the plan for a return to tougher policing with then mayoral candidate Adams during a heated debate at Brooklyn Borough Hall that was livestreamed on Instagram.
During his campaign, Adams promised to bring back a “reinvented: version of the anti-crime unit, which was formerly used to focus on guns, violent crime, and drugs.
I know Hawk Newsome probably really thinks he and BLM played some significant role in mayor Adams decision making, but let's be real it's very clear now Adams promises about crime were given in bad faith and were lies.
— Donald Head (@donnie3082) March 23, 2022
During the debate, the two sparred over policing in New York City, with Newsome telling the former NYPD captain that Black Lives Matter would hold him accountable for future police misconduct. Adams shot back:
“You’re on the ground. Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable. Don’t hold me accountable.
“Being the mayor, being the borough president, being the state senator — I put my body on the line for my community, so I’m not here for folks to come and say, ‘Eric, we’re gonna (sic) hold you accountable.’
“No, it’s us. We need to do this together.”
Fox News host Bill Hemmer pressed Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome on the Mayor Eric Adams&#039; response to New York City&#039;s crime spike…. https://t.co/SqoxXh3ceO
— SkyNet Platforms: #TheBrain (@SkyNetPlatform) February 8, 2022
Following the debate, Newsome told a crowd outside:
“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing then we’re going to take to the streets again.
“There will be riots, there will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”
The new anti-crime units, labeled “Neighborhood Safety Teams” are made up of about 90 officers stationed throughout 25 city precincts. Plans call for teams to be added to the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
The former anti-crime unit has a long history in New York spanning decades of combating violent crime. However, the unit has spawned some controversies over the years.
Once called the Street Crimes Unit, several high-profile fatal police encounters put a shadow over the important work being done to reduce crime and make the streets safe.
— Tim Fletcher (@TimFlet10458755) December 16, 2021
Facing intense criticism in 2002, the NYPD “disbanded” the units and shifted many of those officers to another plainclothes squad already in place in some boroughs, the Anti-Crime Unit.
In June 2020, following weeks of protests and riots triggered by the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the anti-crime unit was shut down.
Since the anti-crime unit was shut down, crime has surged throughout the city.
Once elected, Mayor Adams created the Neighborhood Safety Teams in place of the anti-crime unit. The unit is dissimilar to previous plainclothes, anti-gun and anti-violent crime units of the past. For example, the new Neighborhood Safety Teams wear clearly identifiable NYPD identification on their backs and chests.
'We are not going to surrender to BLM': NYC mayor-elect Eric Adams warns BLM leader Hawk Newsome not to 'burn down' Big Apple. refuses to back down on reinstating plainclothes NYPD units. Finally this is what NYC the rest of the country needs leadership https://t.co/ljgzdIKMgx
— LaLola (@lamessino) December 10, 2021
Newsome pointed out that Mayor Adams yielded to the demands of liberal groups like BLM, who demanded the Mayor not bring back the anti-crime units he promised:
“These are not the old units as promised. The mayor listened to the people of New York — he listened to us and responded adequately. These new units are clearly identifiable as police officers. And this is something that he changed after our conversation, after that whole dispute.
“This is not the unit that he got elected on. This is a modified unit. And the reason it’s modified is because people made noise and applied pressure, and New York City would not allow for that police unit to come back.”
On Monday, Adams attempted to justify breaking his campaign promise, claiming the new units have been successful:
“When you’re doing something as transformative as this, there are those that are going to look at the pains that they’ve felt in the past and they’re going to be reluctant to move forward. But we’re not, we’re not going to be reluctant.
“It’s a clear message: Do it right. Don’t violate the liberties of people but go after those guns and those who are the trigger-pullers and dangerous in our city.”
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.
And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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