More Americans decided to exercise their Second Amendment rights this year than ever before—following months of violent rioting, election unrest, and lockdowns.
A new report by Just the News spells out the sheer number of Americans who purchased guns this year.
The FBI reported the largest number of background checks conducted in its history and the “highest increase of checks year-over-year in over two decades.”
The FBI background check database National Instant Criminal Background Check System saw the busiest November in history with over 3.6 million checks conducted over the course of the month—a 40 percent increase from last November.
In the month of June, the FBI reported a total 3,931,607 checks, almost hitting 4 million for the first time ever.
The FBI has recorded 35,758,249 checks so far in 2020, a number that is already beating 2019 by 26%—which saw nearly 28,400,000 background checks.
“Gun sales have been high and steady this entire year, even during the [COVID-19] shutdown,” Peyton Galanti, spokeswoman for Colonial Shooting Academy in Richmond, Va, told Just the News, claiming that the record sales have been driven by “first-time gun buyers” and “people who never thought they’d own a gun.”
It doesn’t look like gun control will be a popular political issue in the near future.
Read about all the broken records here.
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Rep. Patrick McHenry Announces Retirement, Adding to Congressional Exodus
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has declared that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest in a growing list of lawmakers departing from Congress. McHenry, a close ally of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, stated that he believes “there is a season for everything,” signaling the end of his tenure in the House. Having served since 2005, McHenry is the 37th member of Congress to announce they won’t seek re-election in 2024.
In a statement, McHenry reflected on the significance of the House of Representatives in the American political landscape, calling it the “center of our American republic.” He acknowledged the concerns about the future of the institution due to multiple departures but expressed confidence that new leaders would emerge and guide the House through its next phase.
The departure of McHenry and others comes against the backdrop of political shifts and challenges within the Republican Party. The GOP has faced setbacks in recent elections, including fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Internal strife and disagreements, exemplified by the rebellion against McCarthy, have characterized the party’s dynamics. The GOP’s approval rating stands at 30%, with a disapproval rating of 66%, reflecting the challenges and divisions within the party.
As McHenry steps aside, questions loom over the fate of open seats in the upcoming election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report identifies five open House seats as potential Democrat pickup opportunities, while none are listed for the GOP. The departures raise concerns about the party’s unity and ability to navigate the evolving political landscape.
With a total of 20 departing Democratic legislators and 10 Republicans, the changing composition of Congress adds complexity to the political dynamics leading up to the 2024 elections. As McHenry emphasizes a hopeful view of the House’s future, the evolving political landscape will determine the impact of these departures on the balance of power in Congress.
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