Pandemic? Don’t you mean the riots?

From one of those female first-time gun owners

The Werkes excerpts the following from Madison WI resident and retired UW law professor Ann of Althouse:

“I’m seeing this headline on the front page of the NYT website:

‘Pandemic fuels surge in U.S. gun sales
‘Unlike anything we’ve ever seen.’

Preliminary research data show that about a fifth of all Americans who bought guns last year were first-time gun owners.

Ann Althouse continues:

Ann of Althouse“It’s absurd to state as if it’s a fact that the pandemic ‘fueled’ the surge when there were riots and the police stood down and did not protect the citizens! I personally got trained to use a gun last summer, and I fired a gun for the first time in my life. That had nothing to do with the pandemic.

“It was about civil disorder threatening my neighborhood and the manifest unwillingness of the city to keep order. You’re on your own, we were told, quite plainly. Let’s see how obtusely the article avoids taking self-defense seriously. Guns aren’t a way to defend yourself from the pandemic, so we look like idiots arming ourselves against that.

Dick & Jane Crime scene“I’d like to see if the NYT respects those of us who are actually thinking rationally about self-defense. Paragraph 3 of the article alludes to the riots, but look how the NYT strains to undermine the rationality of decision to own a gun:

While gun sales have been climbing for decades — they often spike in election years and after high-profile crimes — Americans have been on an unusual, prolonged buying spree fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, the protests last summer and the fears they both stoked.

“Not ‘riots,’ not even ‘disorder’ [but] ‘protests.’ As if the gun purchasers are afraid of ideas that were expressed. Buying guns was a ‘spree.’ ‘Spree’ sounds irrational — and it was ‘fueled’ — as if it’s a fire — by ‘fear’ — and that fear sounds irrational, because it’s a reaction to “protests” and the pandemic — two things that are not properly addressed by owning a gun,” Ann Althouse concludes.

⇒ See our companion piece on news media bias “What else can the news media screw up?”

⇒ FAST FACTS: Gun sales up 64% in 2020, 39% of households own a gun, up from 32% in 2016.

Which means when the Left attacks gun owners, they are attacking four of every ten voters.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: The Left’s dishonest, anti-law enforcement spin isn’t fooling anyone, any more. The NY Times “news” article is of a piece with Jen Psaki’s progressive mantra that guns are the problem, not the skyrocketing crime spree. (“Crime is killing Democrats and they know it.”)

Or DO they know it?

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5 Responses to Pandemic? Don’t you mean the riots?

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  2. Ian says:

    I am one of those “first time” gun owners. Never shot anything more powerful than a Daisy BB gun. Last July I purchased a firearm and was PROFESSIONALLY tactically trained to shoot and received a CCP.

    The ONLY reason I did this was because of the unrest in Madison caused by the mayor’s radical stance against MPD.

    If MPD isn’t allowed to protect my family, I WILL.

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  3. sentient7 says:

    Crime? No, it is merely the actualization of defacto reparations. Property is theft; the undocumented police forces will liberate it from you for those who have been underserved.

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  4. One eye says:

    I got my CCP a few years ago. I was more curious about it than anything and never intended to carry a gun around. This was reinforced by the first thing the instructor told us: “For most of you, carrying a concealed weapon is not a good idea”.

    The thing I remember most is that the class was extremely diverse. Young / old, black / white, singles and couples. It was not a MAGA crowd as liberals like to imagine.

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  5. georgessson says:

    How happy & surprised I am that someone of Ann of Althouse’s intellect (and common-sense) actually lives among us. She’s fearless and her & David’s posts make me smile defiantly when I read the local political B/S -I mean news…

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