America has always been, in theory, about equality. We are a nation founded on “liberty and justice for all” and the idea that all are created equal. Sure, we’ve strayed from that path, and we’ve done so in some horrific ways, but that isn’t to say that we don’t still have it in us to do right by everyone.
Our Constitution is a good starting point here. It guarantees us certain inalienable rights that are meant to level the playing field for anyone lucky enough to call themselves an American.
In particular, we have to point to the Second Amendment as the great equalizer. The right to bear arms exists to keep not only foreign aggressors from getting any wild ideas, but also to keep the federal government from swooping in and imposing any sort of tyrannical nonsense on us.
And, in a land whose ethos is one of equal rights, we can only take pride in the fact that the demographic of those exercising their Second Amendment rights is growing ever more diverse.
[…]while various demographic groups are buying guns in 2020, African-Americans account for the highest increase in gun purchases of any group.
“The highest overall firearm sales increase comes from Black men and women, who show a 58.2% increase in purchases during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period last year,” Jim Curcuruto, NSSF director of research and market development, wrote in his report. “Bottom line is that there has never been a sustained surge in firearm sales quite like what we are in the midst of.”
This could also have serious political implications as well, with people of color overwhelmingly supporting Democrats and liberal ideology – a camp in which tight gun control measures are often floated.
Could this surge in African American gun owners be the bridge that bring the Second Amendment mainstream, and out of the ugly muck of bipartisan bickering? We can only hope so.
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