Liberals Are Prepping and Stockpiling Guns (You Probably Already Know Why)

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Something really strange has been happening with gun sales, the BBC explains:

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Many expected the election of Donald Trump, whose candidacy was backed by the National Rifle Association, to bring an end to the panic buying. Shares in gun manufacturers dropped by as much as 18% following his victory.

But instead FBI background checks for gun transactions soared to a new record for a single day – 185,713 – during the Black Friday sales on 25 November, according to gun control news site The Trace.

Some of this has been put down to gun retailers selling off stock at reduced prices, but there have also been reports of more “non-traditional” buyers, such as African Americans and other minorities, turning up at gun shops and shooting ranges.

Lara Smith, national spokesperson for the Liberal Gun Club, says her organisation has seen a “huge” rise in enquiries since November’s election and a 10% increase in paid members.

Some of the new members are reluctant first-time gun owners, says Smith, concerned that isolated acts of aggression against minorities could escalate into something more violent and that a Trump administration will dismantle key constitutional rights, leading to a “more fascist rule than the US has ever had”.

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With so many Democrats screaming that Trump is Hitler, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that some leftists are putting their money where their mouth is, by arming themselves and prepping for an apocalypse.

Keep in mind, that the incredibly biased and often inaccurate BBC is the source for reporting on the supposed surge in liberal gun owners. We don’t have many hard facts that proves that liberals are responsible for the brisk post-election uptick in NICS checks.

Logically, if Trump is some sort of fascist dictator who is going to rile up neo-Nazis and destroy the economy, gun buying and doomsday prepping would be a perfectly rational response. Since many on the political left believe the Trump-is-Hitler premise, the BBC narrative about the rise of the progressive prepper is at least plausible.

The entire BBC article is pretty fun to read, check it out here.

As I have already posted here, Trump’s presidency is, in many ways, turning authoritarian progressives into classical liberals who actually care about the Constitution, separation of powers, and states rights. If some of these progressives want to buy guns to protect the Constitution from future tyrannical rule, so be it.

But can you really call someone who respects the Constitution and desires limited government while simultaneously harboring progressive social views a liberal in the modern sense of the word? Last I checked, that definition would describe at least half of the libertarian party.

 

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. The BBC can broadcast thier theory, but that does not make it so. Preppers are not only Republican white men who hate other races and the government. This is not true, there are many women preppers, there are rainbow preppers, and don’t forget the hippies that wanted to get back to the land, they are preppers, too.
    While many of the liberal end of the dem party are doves, or pacifist types, that does not nessesary mean there will not defend themselves, thier families and/or property. They are Americans and that is thier right. While many of us were not exactly responsable people all of our lives, these things can change. Yes, many people in the US are afraid of the way the Authoritive Progressives were handling things, you should see how many are afraid of Authoritive Right Wingers. Trump was not elected because people adored him, he was elected because the alternative was viewed as MUCH WORSE!
    Americans love freedom. Sadly, many have chosen in thier freedom not to vote and that has made it worse. When you ask people why they voted as they did, you get the answers right out of the news, because I don’t like abortion, because I don’t like gun violence, or the opposite.
    Anti gun laws do not help injury and murder rates, violence is usually contained in places where people can own guns, the perps are scared of immeadite retribution.(I don’t blame them)
    As a nation we vote the way we are told to vote. The powers behind the parties know this and make issues matter to the masses that have nothing to do with shorting thier profits. The spin doctors keep us right about 50/50 so they can manipulate us, we need to get rid of both of the parties and start over.
    There is no way the policies of the Republicans help middle class workers or small business. They do pretend they want to help, but come on….., you know who they are helping, just follow the money.
    The Dems sold out a long time ago and all they do is show another face and act like they are for the little guy. They help causes for small percentages of the little guy, like LGBT, that really doesn’t cost them anything. They want the same thing that the huge corporations want, they want a populace without teeth, that they can run over and control, just like France, Germany and most of the rest of Europe. They also want our armed services to force other governments to become governments and follow a Western lead.
    We need a break – break away, we do not need them as much as they need us. Close colleges to Americans only, all immigration, especially high tech, where all our secrets get stolen. Lets be a country for a change, repeal the Patriot act and leave the populace to ourselves. Our military should not be for sale and should take those suggestions as acts of war.

  2. The MSM (of which the BBC is a founding member) hasn’t offered a reliable news report in the last 18 months, so this story needs taken with a grain of salt, nonetheless, the paranoia which the MSM has engendered among the left probably has caused a few of them to reassess their “life choices”. It’s an interesting thing that the group in power is always anxious to throw off the restraints on governmental power but immediately see the error of that policy the moment the hold on power shifts to their ideological enemies. Just remember how, not all that long ago, the Left was all for restrictions on “Free Speech”. They are now worried that Trump may, in fact, adopt some of their proposals, albeit with a different target group’s speech in the crosshairs. 2nd Amendment concerns? When you own the police and military, civilian disarmament seems like a pretty good idea. When “Crazy Donald Trump”, however, assumes the reins of power, well, now maybe it’s a good idea to develop some capacity to resist (one hopes that the Right, now that they are in the ascendancy, will remember that and not press too hard to disenfranchise the Left, because that will become precedent when the Left, as it eventually will, again takes power). The good thing, IF there is any truth to this story (never a certitude when it comes to the MSM – right, Brian Williams?), is that liberals buying guns to protect THEIR civil liberties creates yet another constituency for the 2nd Amendment. For that, we should be grateful (as long as we continue to out arm them, of course…).

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