U.S. Gun Sales Set New Record

As police forces throughout America lose “funding”, the inevitable has begun: “People are stocking up on guns and ammunition.”

Background checks prior to gun purchases have shot upward. In July of this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation performed 3,639,224 of these checks. In July 2019, they performed only 2,030,661. That’s an increase of 79.2 percent.

June, the month major “riots” began sweeping through America, saw an even steeper increase. FBI data indicates 2.3 million guns were sold in June 2020—an increase of 145.3 percent over June 2019.

Meanwhile, police in major cities are being “deprived” of their ability to enforce the law. On July 28, the Minneapolis Police Department circulated robbery prevention tips telling citizens, “Do not argue or fight with the criminal. Do as they say,” and “be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet.”

Understandably, many are taking their safety into their own hands and purchasing firearms.

The FBI estimates that 10 million guns have been sold since 2020 began. Many of these sales were made to first-time buyers, of which many were black. A recent survey conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that the “highest overall firearm sales increase comes from black men and women who show a 58.2 percent increase in purchases during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period last year.” 

Not all background checks necessarily lead to a gun purchase. However, data from manufacturers of firearms suggest that there is a stronger correlation than ever.

An estimated 1,795,602 gun sales took place in July; this set a new record. Revenue for gun companies has also tripled. Gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company reported quarterly earnings on July 30. Figures showed its earnings for the first six months of 2019 equated $210,367,000. For the first six months of 2020, the company pulled in $253,903,000—and its earnings per share have increased at least threefold.

Smith and Wesson, another major gun supplier, is also raking in the profits. In the last three months of 2019, net sales amounted to $175.7 million. But since the beginning of 2020, sales have reached $233.6 million. This is an increase of nearly 33 percent since the start of the year.

This “gun rush” is happening all over America, and sellers are struggling to meet demand. “Some retailers are reporting that the rush on guns and ammunition has drained their stock nearly dry.” If the trend continues, this year will see America’s greatest surge in gun sales ever recorded.

Americans have seen how “violent riots” can suddenly explode onto city streets. They have witnessed skyrocketing “murders” and the declining budgets and morale among police forces. Facing all this, many are more willing than ever to use the guns and ammunition they have been purchasing.

Clearly, people are concerned. Many are anxious over economic instability and the potential for societal breakdown. As local, state and federal budgets are cut back, public services, including law enforcement, are being trimmed. A growing number of people just don’t think the government will protect them. Also, more and more believe the world is coming to an end and are bracing themselves to survive doomsday.

Added to these fears is growing nervousness that politicians are about to enact stricter gun control. It’s a showdown: On one side are people who say that keeping guns out of people’s hands makes everyone safer.

On the other are those who believe that taking guns away only leaves law-abiding people vulnerable to criminals who will get them illegally. As society grows more dangerous, they argue, the only source of protection they can really have confidence in is themselves.

Given current trends, it’s not difficult to see why people are concerned about breakdowns in social order. All around we see clues that it is unraveling. In an economically depressive atmosphere, it seems “anger and hostility” are always simmering, ready to boil over.

Stories are numbering in the hundreds of gangs of young people committing random acts of terror—“stealing, vandalizing, intimidating, assaulting, even raping and killing.” Racial provocations and violence have grown routine.

Soaring welfare dependency means that any disruption in benefits—whether from budget cuts, a government shutdown or default—could mobilize an army of discontents overnight. A currency meltdown—made increasingly likely by reckless government monetary policy—will transform the country.

On top of these dangers are the possibilities of unforeseen disaster—a terrorist attack, weather catastrophe, major earthquake or disease pandemic. All have the potential to not only bring a high body count, but also to upset the infrastructure and technology our society depends on—the systems that enable food distribution, electricity production and delivery, communication, waste management and so on. The resulting tribulations could spark significant unrest.

Little wonder that people are seeking out ways to protect themselves. But can gun ownership save you from these perils? This is a question you need to answer. Many believe they know how to protect themselves. But a gun’s usefulness only goes so far. It by no means guarantees your safety.

Racial tension, riots and exploding crime we are witnessing today will soon explode into a second civil war, made worse by rampant gun violence. “A third of your people will die of the plague or perish by famine inside you; a third will fall by the sword outside your walls; and a third I will scatter to the winds and pursue with drawn sword.” (Ezekiel 5:12).

When God warns of violence overtaking American cities, are guns really the best defense? Or could there be a way to escape this coming civil war—without placing faith in gunpowder and lead?

Realizing the scale of violence about to engulf our society will simply be too overwhelming. No one is going to escape the coming Tribulation, which will descend on America and other nations because of God’s wrath, through survivalist skills. Those who plan to weather the coming storms through their own foresight and marksmanship are underestimating the savageness of the time ahead.

There is, however, another, far more effective form of protection available. God promises in many scriptural passages that in the coming Tribulation, He will provide a special place of protection for His people. There is no limit on God’s ability to intervene on your behalf, except the quality of your “faith and obedience.”

The only way to be protected from America’s coming civil war is to understand Bible teachings and place your trust in God’s promises, rather than in guns or survival skills.

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