As news continues to flash on leftist violence, and – wonder of wonders – total virus cases fail to fall, a cultural change is afoot. Oddly, against the trendline, this change may be good. Americans are getting reintroduced to their Constitution – and the Second Amendment.
Here is what is happening – and why it matters. Mob behavior and violent crime are spiking. Socialist/anarchistic forces, originating in leftist cities, have overpowered peaceful protests.
As violence continues, Democrat mayors fumble and appease. Fumbling never wins games. Appeasement never works. As Winston Churchill said in WWII, “an appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” In time, it does.
Instability is spreading. As a result, President Trump has moved decisively to protect federal property, stabilize cities and suburbs terrorized by organized promotors of crime and chaos.
Legally, lest there be question, the President has full authority to send federal law enforcement to locations where federal property and equities are at risk. Federal law enforcement already coordinates closely with state and local police in all 50 states.
Federal law enforcement officers already support state and locals in counter-narcotics, counterterrorism, and countering hundreds of categories of crime prosecuted at all levels.
To be clear, co-jurisdictional crimes include advocating overthrow of the government, aggravated assault and battery, arson, assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting federal officers, murder and attempted murder, bombings, harassment, coercion, conspiracy, damage to religious property, demands against the US, drive-by shootings, drug trafficking, falsely claiming citizenship, obstruction of criminal investigations, rescue of seized property, trespassing, treason, vandalism, and other acts.
So, the problem afoot now, especially in Democrat-led states, is that federal law enforcement is limited – 100,000 to protect 330 million, a ratio of federal officers to citizens that is 1:3,300. If Democrat leaders in enflamed states refuse to deploy local law enforcement, forbid responding to 911, or push defunding, delegitimizing, and denying protection to police, these troubled jurisdictions become unprotected. Without enforcement, rule of law does not exist.
That we are even discussing this is mind-boggling, in a nation that has long balanced individual liberty, equal opportunity and order. Americans respect conscientious law enforcement.
Until 2020, no major political party – even for opportunistic reasons – advocated lawlessness for political gain, or advanced chaos as an alternative to ordered liberty. No mayor allowed their city to burn, violence and agitation to multiply, and citizens to go unprotected.
Yet that is the policy being promoted – with horrific results – by Democrat leaders. In a divided nation – increasingly unprotected, fumbling, and appeasing, where is the good news? Just here.
Americans of all stripes are re-learning why our Founders inserted that Second Amendment, affirming our right to self-defense. It affirms “security of a free state” requires that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
As George Washington, wrote: “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.” Alexander Hamilton wrote: “The Constitution shall never be construed … to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” They should know – they wrote it.
With rediscovery of our sacred right to self-defense, comes good news. Americans in cities and suburbs are not taking bad leadership and rising violence lying down. They are stepping up.
Proof that Americans care about rule of law and ordered liberty, will not abide lawlessness, is mounting. In March 2020, data affirmed: “Fears of the Covid-19 virus sparked a gun-buying surge …” See, e.g., https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2020/03/21/who-are-buying-all-these-guns/.
More than 3.7 million background checks were done in March, the most “in 20 years.” See, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/01/us-gun-purchases-coronavirus-record.
The trend is now accelerating. By July, fears of social unrest sent gun buying sky-high. One report notes: “The gun industry has never seen anything like 2020,” an “explosion of sales driven by concerns over rising crime, protests, the coronavirus crisis, and the presidential election …,” adding “new sales and customer data collected from gun stores are even more shocking than the latest historic level of FBI background checks …” See, https://patriotrising.com/arms-industry-gun-buys-up-95-ammo-139-sales-to-blacks-jump-58/.
In short, gun purchases “nearly doubled in the first six months of 2020,” as ammunition “surged 139 percent.” The jump crosscuts demographics. To protect families, buyers are “blacks, Asians, and Hispanics,” with the “highest overall firearm sales… black men and women,” a “58.2 percent increase in purchases.” Why? Without police, communities become insecure.
What does higher violence, poor leadership, and rising firearm sales mean? Americans love their freedom, know insecurity when they see it, and want to be safe. They are tiring of leftist agitation and violence. They do not trust Democrat leaders to stop it, not with fumbling and appeasement.
This is a consequential year. The future will be defined by whether we protect rule of law in unsettled times. As the year progresses and election nears, what may be unseen is how America’s silent, rearming majority feels. More may prioritize rule of law. We will see on November 3.